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Students support individuals with cognitive disabilities during COVID-19

Videos educate patients while meeting students’ learning needs. Editor’s note: This is an early release of an article for the May 2021 issue of American...
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Seven reversible causes of dementia in older adults

Early identification and accurate diagnosis can improve patient outcomes. Takeaways: Some causes of dementia can be reversed through proper identification, intervention, and treatment. Nurses play...

Protein identified as critical for keeping Alzheimer’s disease pathology in check

A study by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute suggests that a protein called membralin is critical for keeping Alzheimer’s disease pathology in check...

Study: Efforts to reduce smoking may reduce suicide

A study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research reports that population interventions (cigarette excise tax, smoke-free air policies) seem to reduce the incidence of suicide....

Quiz time

Which of the following does not help address issues related to post-intensive care syndrome? a. Diaries kept jointly by family, ICU staff, and physicians b. Post-ICU...

Study: More focus on maternal mental health needed

Maternal depression is more common at 4 years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth, according to...

Readers Theatre helps student nurses care for the mentally ill

This affective teaching strategy improves students’ understanding of mental illness on a deeper personal level.
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Normal-pressure hydrocephalus: The “wet, wobbly, and wacky” triad

An often-missed diagnosis, this condition may mimic certain types of dementia.

Study: New delirium severity measure

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports on an effective new delirium severity measure (CAM-S) based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM),...

Study: Specific benevolence brings happiness

Pursuing concrete, specific goals of benevolence, such as making someone smile or increasing recycling, instead of following similar but more abstract goals, such as...

Shhhhhh! Quiet zone

Nurses play a significant role in helping patients to get the sleep they need.

Taking steps in the hospital to prevent diabetes-related readmissions

Preventing readmissions is an important quality focus. Here is how you can work with other team members to help reduce readmissions for patients who have diabetes.

Study: Positive self-esteem protects older adults from health problems

According to a study in Psychoneuroendocrinology, a positive self-esteem can buffer adults older than 60 years against health threats. Researchers found that if an...

Study: Fatigue common in CHD

A study in Nursing Research found that 40% of patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD) reported fatigue more than 3 days a week...

A powerful question: “Have you ever served in the military?”

To help ensure military veterans get appropriate diagnosis and treatment, ask patients if they’ve ever served in the military.

Study: Psychological adverse effects of antidepressants

Thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants may be more widespread than previously thought, according to a study...

Recovery lessons from the Sandy Hook trauma

Children are people with small hearts and big emotions that often come from the people around them, particularly family members. As a pediatric nurse...

Study: Incidence of mental disorders in mid-life, older adulthood may be underestimated

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that common methods of assessing mental or physical disorders may consistently underestimate the prevalence of mental...

Study: Alcohol, tobacco, drug use higher in those with psychotic disorders

Rates of smoking, drinking, and drug use are significantly higher among those who have psychotic disorders than among those in the general population, according...
Guiding your patients through menopause

Guiding your patients through menopause

The more you know about menopause, the more you can help patients understand and cope with symptoms.

FDA approves first generic versions of Cymbalta

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules). Read more.

Prescription opioids: A growing epidemic of abuse

Many people who take prescription opioids underestimate the abuse potential.

From your ANA President and ANF Chair

ANA and the American Nurses Foundation are embracing the power of partnerships to advance initiatives that will benefit patients and nurses.

FDA approves Brintellix for major depression

On Sept. 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Brintellix (vortioxetine) to treat adults with major depressive disorder. Read more.

Study: Antidepressants may pose risk for type 2 diabetes

A systematic review published in Diabetes Care reports that that people taking antidepressants are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, although it’s...

Improving depression screening in patients with chronic illness

Don’t miss an opportunity for health promotion and improvement in disease management by failing to assess patients with chronic illness for depression.

A woman’s reproductive health: Clues to future heart disease?

Reproductive status, hormonal therapy, oral contraceptives, irregular menstrual cycles, and pregnancy complications may raise woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease.

The new health insurance marketplace

Our editor-in-chief discusses the upcoming insurance requirement related to the Affordable Care Act and emphasizes the need for nurses to be knowledgeable about the requirements so they can help friends, family, and patients navigate the health insurance marketplace.

A horse is a horse—and sometimes part of a clinical team, too

Equine-assisted activities and therapies partner professionals with horses to address the patient’s needs.

Study: Grandmothers raising grandchildren struggle with depression

Grandmothers who care for their grandchildren fulltime need help for depression and family strains, according to researchers from the Case Western Reserve University’s Frances...

FDA allows marketing of device to help assess children and teens for ADHD

On June 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the first medical device based on brain function to help assess...

Study: Older adults with hearing loss have more hospitalizations, poorer health

According to a study published by JAMA, older adults with hearing loss are more likely than peers with normal hearing to require hospitalization and...
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From our readers: The guilt suicide leaves behind

Dedicated to John, who was loved by so many

Study: MRI may help diagnose bipolar disorder

According to a study in Psychological Medicine, MRIs may help diagnose people with bipolar disorder. The researchers correctly differentiated bipolar patients from healthy individuals...

Headlines from the Hill

Gun violence: Will the 113th Congress take action?

Post-intensive care syndrome: What it is and how to help prevent it

ICU stays can cause physical and cognitive problems for years after discharge. Find out how to improve patient outcomes.

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Women suffering from a migraine

Quiz: Migraines and Hormones

Women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men to have migraines.  Decades ago, these were attributed to women’s inability to cope with...