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‘Post-hospital syndrome’ in NEJM

“Post-Hospital Syndrome — An Acquired, Transient Condition of Generalized Risk,” in The New England Journal of Medicine, presents “post-hospital syndrome” as a construct related...

“Metal-on-metal” hip implant concerns on the rise

The New York Times published an article on concerns related to “metal-on-metal” hip implants. Read the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/health/04metalhip.html?partner=rss&emc=rss.

JAMA study finds increased use of ICUs in last month of life

A study published by JAMA reports a lower proportion of Medicare beneficiaries died in an acute care hospital in recent years, but both intensive...

JAMA: Use of anesthesia services for GI endoscopies increased substantially

A study in JAMA found that use of anesthesia services for gastrointestinal endoscopies and colonoscopies “increased substantially” between 2003 and 2009. Anesthesia use was...

NEJM article addresses challenges of evaluating patient satisfaction

An article in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) discusses the challenges of measuring patient experiences and provides guidelines for increasing effectiveness, including...

NEJM article discuses older adults and mental health care

“The Underside of the Silver Tsunami — Older Adults and Mental Health Care,” in Jan. 23, 2013 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) discusses...

NEJM publishes Olympic Medicine article

Before you watch the Olympics, read the New England Journal of Medicine article “Olympic Medicine.”

NEJM study assess BMD retesting

A study in the Jan. 19 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that in older, postmenopausal women with normal bone...
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U.S. News names registered nurse one of best jobs for 2013

U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2013 puts registered nurse in the number two spot, right after dentist. The report lists the median salary...

10 modifiable risk factors explain 90% of stroke risk

A study published online by Lancet found that 10 modifiable risk factors are associated with 90% of the risk of stroke. Read more here...

150 minutes of brisk exercise can reduce risk of diabetes

Walking briskly or cycling for the recommended 150 minutes a week can reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to...

200 years of surgery reviewed

Author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, has written a fascinating article on the history of surgery for The New England Journal of Medicine. Read more....

2012 recommended immunization schedules released

Access the 2012 recommended immunization schedules on the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses

The AMN 2019 Survey of Registered Nurses reveals growing pressures on the millions of nurses who provide hands-on care and other services to Americans...

2020 is officially the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

As many of our readers may know, the World Health Organization (WHO) named 2020 the official Year of the Nurse and the Midwife! The team...

4-drug combination regimen effective for TB

Compared to separate drug administration, a 4-drug combination regimen had comparable effectiveness in patients with tuberculosis according to a study in JAMA. Read more...

A 200-year perspective on hospital costs and mortality

The New England Journal of Medicine has published an interesting article that traces mortality and hospital costs over 200 years at Massachusetts General Hospital,...

A new technology may better help control type 1 diabetes

A recent study from The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reveals a new system that has “improved glycemic outcomes in patients with type...

A potential connection between lung cancer and pre- and probiotics

A new study from JAMA Oncology examines a potential connection between dietary intake of fiber and probiotics through yogurt and the risk of lung...

AACN President unveils new theme

On May 19, Kristine J. Peterson, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, the new president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, unveiled AACN’s theme for...

AAP expands ages for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that expand ages for diagnosis and treatment from 6 to 12...
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ABCDEF bundle improves ICU care

Full use of the ABCDEF bundle in the ICU improves several outcomes, including survival, mechanical ventilation use, delirium, and ICU readmissions, according to a...

ACA improves care

The first two enrollment periods under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were associated with significantly improved trends in self-reported coverage, access to primary care...

ACCF/AHA update practice guidelines for PAD

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and American Heart Association (AHA) released a 2011 “focused update” of the 2005 guideline for managing patients...

According to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes,

Patients with positive attitudes are more likely to exercise and live longer. Read more and read the study abstract.

Acupressure improves QOL in nurses with chronic back pain

A study published in Applied Nursing Science details how acupressure may help nurses who experience chronic back pain. Nurses face extreme working environments on a...

ADA releases position statement on diabetic neuropathy

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has released a position statement on diabetic neuropathy that outlines recommendations for preventing and managing the condition. Read more

Adapted Responsive Teaching and infants at risk for ASD

Use of Adapted Responsive Teaching by parents led to significant improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study...

Adding NP to inpatient surgical team can reduce emergency department visits

A study published in Surgery found that adding a nurse practitioner (NP) to an inpatient surgical team reduced unnecessary emergency department visits by 50%....

Addressing glycemic control in patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes

Providing feedback on performance, problem solving, and action planning are helpful behavioral change techniques for individuals with poor glycemic control, according to a meta-analysis...

ADHD drugs may reduce risky sexual behavior in teens

A study in Labour Economics reports that drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children may reduce the likelihood of risky sexual behavior...

Adherence to SCIP not always associated with lower postop infections

A study in JAMA found that adhering to a global all-or-none composite infection-prevention SCIP (Surgical Care Improvement Project) score reduced the risk of postoperative...
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Adjusting sports drills to prevent concussions

A study in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics reports that interventions such as reducing the speed of players engaged in contact, correcting tackling technique,...

Advanced macular degeneration increases risk of hemorrhagic stroke

Research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011 states that in people who are 55 years or older and have advanced...
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Advice for Pregnant, Nursing Women Considering a COVID Vaccine

Pregnant and nursing women should answer five key questions with their healthcare professional when deciding whether to get a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a...

Aerobic exercise eases nicotine withdrawal symptoms, but effects are short-term

A study has found that although moderate aerobic exercise eases nicotine withdrawal symptoms, but the effects aren’t sustained from one exercise session to the...

Age alone effective in identifying future CVD

Screening using a cut-off of 55 years detected 86% of all first cardiovascular disease (CVD) events occurring in the population every year according to...

AHA launches new stroke initiative

The American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association has launched Together to End Stroke, a national initiative to bring stroke awareness to the forefront of...

AHA releases new consensus statement on CPR quality

On June 25, Circulation published “CPR Quality: Improving Cardiac Resuscitation Outcomes Both Inside and Outside the Hospital: A Consensus Statement From the American Heart...

AHA releases new CPR guidelines

The American Heart Association has published new guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care. Read a quick summary, download a PDF with the highlights,...

AHA releases new guidelines for reversing non–vitamin K oral anticoagulants

The American Heart Association (AHA) has released a scientific statement on reversing the effects of non–vitamin K oral anticoagulants. Read more

AHRQ provides guide for patients being discharged

Download “Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital,” from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/goinghomeguide.htm. It...

AHRQ releases new guide for patients

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new guide to help hospitals better prepare patients to take care of themselves...

AHRQ releases progress report for BSIs

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released its second report on progress that has been achieved by hospitals taking part in a...

AHRQ releases Spanish medication tracking tool

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a newly revised Spanish language medication tracking tool, “Su medicamento: Infórmese. Evite riesgos.” (“Your Medicine:...

AHRQ reports results from survey on patient safety culture

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published “Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2012 User Comparative Database Report.” The report includes...
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Alarming childhood obesity trend

If current trends in child obesity continue, more than 57% of today’s children in the U.S. will have obesity at age 35, according to...

Alcohol-related mortality rates on the rise

A new study published in Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research reveals that the amount of alcohol-related deaths in the United States has increased between...

Alternating antibiotics may help reduce resistance

Using antibiotics in various alternating patterns may be effective in reducing bacterial resistance, according to a study in PLOS Biology. Read more.

Alzheimer’s patients feel emotion even after memories loss

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease can experience prolonged emotions related to an event even though they don’t remember the event that caused the emotions, according...

Amateur contact sports in youth may increase risk of CTE in adulthood

Males who play amateur contact sports in their youth may be at higher risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as adults, according to an...

American Heart Association: E-cigarettes are not safe alternative

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently held its 2019 Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia PA. The sessions covered many topics, but one of the most...

AMERICAN NURSE TODAY WINS FIVE ASHPE AWARDS

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AMERICAN NURSE TODAY WINS TWO ASHPE AWARDS

American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), today announced that its June 2009 cover, Autism Today, has been named...

ANA announces ‘Year of Ethics’

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics.” The year is highlighted by release of a revised Code of...

ANA releases new position statement on workplace bullying

On Aug. 31, the American Nurses Association released a new position statement “Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence”. Read more and access the statement.

Analysis: Good communication enhances patient safety, satisfaction

A new report from HealthGrades finds that hospitals with the highest patient ratings in physician and nursing communications on average have fewer patient safety...

Anastrozole and fulvestrant combination effective in metastatic breast cancer

The combination of anastrozole and fulvestrant was more effective than anastrozole alone or sequential anastrozole and fulvestrant for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive metastatic...

ANCC Announces Craig Luzinski, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, as Director of the Magnet Recognition...

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is thrilled to name Craig J. Luzinski, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE as the new director of its internationally...
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Anemia in bariatric surgery patients

A study in JAMA Surgery reports a high rate of anemia 10 years after patients had undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for weight loss. Read More...

Antibacterial soap may be no more effective than plain soap

Antibacterial soap containing triclosan (0.3%) is no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination, according to a study in the Journal of...

Anxiety more likely in older adults with COPD

Generalized anxiety disorder for adults aged 50 and older is three times more likely in those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to...

Are Accountable Care Organizations doomed to fail?

The value of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is a hot topic in health care today. The authors of a Wall Street Journal editorial argue...
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Arrested Utah nurse reaches settlement, plans donations

Alex Wubbels plans to donate some of the $500,000 she receives from Salt Lake City and the University of Utah (both entities agreed to...

Article provides guidance for nurses working with patients with vision loss

"Focusing your care: Working with clients with vision loss" in the Canadian Nurse provide informative guidance for nurses. Read the article.

Associate degree nurses shifting to long-term care

According to a study in Nursing Economics, many nurses with associate degrees who would have otherwise been employed in hospitals seem to have shifted...

At least 10% of MI patient may have undiagnosed diabetes

At least 10 percent of people who have a myocardial infarction (MI) may have undiagnosed diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart...

Atrial fib increases risk of dementia

A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports that atrial fibrillation is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia and...

Avoidance decision-making style can lead to PTSD in families of ICU patients

Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an ICU may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they cope by avoiding the...

Baby deliveries scheduled too soon, says new Leapfrog report

The Leapfrog Group has released a new report stating that thousands of babies are electively scheduled for delivery too early, resulting in a higher...

Bar coding effective for reducing med errors

Combining bar coding with an electronic medication-administration system (bar-code eMAR) substantially reduces transcription and medication administration errors according a study in the New England...

Bariatric surgeries compared

According to a study in JAMA Surgery, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass results in much greater weight loss and fewer reoperations compared to laparoscopic adjustable...

Bariatric surgery does not reduce mortality in men

A study in JAMA reports that bariatric surgery did not decrease mortality in patients with a mean age of 49.5 years who were followed...

Bariatric surgery safe option for pediatric population

Bariatric surgery doesn’t stunt the growth of obese children and adolescents when applied within a clinical pathway and is a safe option for those...

Bariatric surgical center accreditation improves survival

A decade of analysis shows that bariatric surgical center accreditation is linked to lower mortality and fewer postoperative complications, according to a study in...
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Behavioral emergency response team improves safety

A behavioral emergency response team helps de-escalate behavioral emergencies, thereby reducing assaults and use of restraints, according to a study in Worldviews on Evidence-based...
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Behavioral interventions can combat cognitive fatigue in patients with MS

Behavioral interventions, such as potentially winning money as a goal, can reduce cognitive fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study...

Benefits of exercise training in heart failure

Exercise training reduces the risk for subsequent all-cause mortality or all-cause hospitalization in women by 26%, compared with 10% in men, according to a...

Best hospitals share secrets for success

Healthgrades has released “America’s 100 Best Hospitals 2014” list. Based on interviews with representatives from the various hospitals, there are three themes that are...

Bilingualism may delay symptom onset of Alzheimer’s disease

A recent study published by Cortex found that people who speak more than one language have more advanced disease before they develop symptoms of...
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Biological clocks in digestive organs may be reason for metabolism disruption with shift work

Biological clocks (peripheral oscillators) in the liver, gut, and pancreas may be the reason for disruption of metabolism in people who work night shifts,...
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Birthplace may affect CHD incidence

Foreign-born adults living in the United States have a lower prevalence coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke than those who were born in the...

Blood pressure management guideline released

JAMA has published “2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: Report From the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth...

Blood test can detect concussion one week after injury

Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), a biomarker that can indicate concussion, can be detected in the blood up to a week after head injury,...

Blood test to diagnose depression

Researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose major depression in adults and to measure the effects of cognitive-based therapy. Read more and access the...

Blood type may affect cognition in later years

People with blood type AB may be more likely to develop cognitive impairment in later years than people with other blood types, according to...

Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in healthy older adults

Healthy people aged 65-77 who drink concentrated blueberry juice concentrate every day show improvements in brain perfusion and activation in brain areas associated with...

Body image and alcohol use in teen girls

Adolescent girls with body image misperceptions are more likely to have had at least one drink in their life, and more likely to have...

Boston Globe story highlights nurses who cared for suspected terrorist

"For bombing suspect’s nurses, angst gave way to duty," published in the Boston Globe, highlights nurses’ emotional response to caring for the Boston bombing...

Breastfeeding may prevent childhood asthma symptoms

A study in the European Respiratory Journal found that compared to children who were breastfed for 6 months , those who weren’t breastfed or...

Breastfeeding saves money

According to an abstract published by the journal Pediatrics, if 90% of families would breastfeed infants exclusively for 6 months, the United States would...

BSN, MSN graduates more likely to land jobs

According to new data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s nursing programs are much more...

Bullying toolkit available

Access “Civility Tool-kit: Resources to Empower Nurse Leaders to Identify, Intervene, and Prevent Workplace Bullying," supported by the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program, funded...

Business success requires four types of leaders

“Leadership Is More Than the C-Suite,” published Sept. 26 by Gallup Business Journal, says Gallup research has found that successful businesses need four kinds...

C-suite executives believe ACA will improve health care

A survey of 74 C-suite executives published in Health Affairs finds they are optimistic about the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The...

C. difficile infections at record high

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that C. difficile infections are at an all-time high and are linked to 14,000 deaths...

Call for abstracts for home care conference

The second annual International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference, Sept. 23-26 in Singapore, has released a call for abstracts. Deadline is April 1. Read...

Call for abstracts for new home care conference

International Home Care Nurses Organization’s inaugural conference, "The Future of Health Care Is at Home," will be June 25-28, 2013 in Cleveland. Learn more...
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Can Doctors Predict and Prevent Stroke and Heart Attack?

Predicting – and defeating – a silent killer A recent study from Edith Cowan University led a team of international researchers to discover that people...

Cancer survival remains higher in married compared to unmarried

A study, published by BMC Public Health, that examined data from 1970-2007 has found that the excess mortality of never-married compared to married people...

Cataract surgery may reduce dizziness in older patients

The improved vision that occurs with cataract surgery may reduce dizziness in older patients, according to a study in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. Read...
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Catching up with the HPV vaccine

It may not be too late for HPV vaccination for girls who missed the recommended window. Catch-up quadrivalent HPV vaccination with three doses is...
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CBT for insomnia improves depression in older adults

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia helps reduce depression in older adults, according to a study in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Access the full...

CDC analysis of foodborne norovirus outbreaks

On June 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released “Vital Signs: Foodborne Norovirus Outbreaks — United States, 2009–2012.” Access the report.

CDC develops new faster test for enterovirus D68

On Oct. 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has started using a new, faster lab test for detecting...

CDC gives telebriefing on H3N2v

Access the transcript of an Aug. 10 telebriefing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provided an update on H3N2v infection....

CDC issues Zika-preparedness guide

On March 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Zika virus risk-based preparedness and response guidance for states.” Read more

CDC provides enterovirus D68 information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated a section of its website to the nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated...

CDC provides resources related to MERS-CoV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released infection prevention and control recommendations related to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). As...

CDC releases new autism data

About 1 in 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to a new report from the Centers for Disease...

CDC releases updated guideline for prevention of surgical site infection

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its 1999 guideline for the prevention of surgical site infection. Read more

CDC releases updated guidelines for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

On June 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines for evaluating severe respiratory illness associated with Middle East Respiratory...

CDC Reports a Rise in cases of STDs

In early October 2019, the CDC released a report showcasing a rise in the rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in the United States....

CDC says hypertension poorly controlled in US

A new report form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nearly one-third of American adults have hypertension and more than half...

CDC says more monitoring for adult mental illness needed

A report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that increased mental health surveillance will help guide effective mental illness prevention and treatment....

CDC survey finds sexual violence and stalking is ‘widespread public health problem’ in the...

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3% and 1 in 71...

Celiac disease linked to increased risk for CAD

People with celiac disease may have a nearly twofold increased risk of coronary artery disease compared with the general population, according to research to...

Center for nursing history gets new name

The University of Virginia School of Nursing has renamed its nursing history center to " Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry. "...

Central line-associated blood stream infections drop

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of central line-associated blood stream infections decreased by 58% between 2001 and 2009,...

Certain subtypes of delirium may signal end of life for terminally ill patients with...

Hypoactive and mixed delirium in patients with cancer who are nearing the end of life indicate “imminent death,” according to a study in in...

Certification associated with lower MRSA infections

Hospitals with a certified infection control director have "significantly lower" rates of MRSA bloodstream infections according to March’s Journal of Infection Control. Read more.

Cervical length good predictor of labor

When the cervix measured more than 30 mm at a woman's due date, she had a less than a 50% chance of delivering within...

Cesarean section rates vary widely in United States

A study in Health Affairs found that cesarean rates vary tenfold across hospitals, from 7.1% to 69.9%. “Cesarean delivery rates vary tenfold among US...

Challenge to CPR

In the Jan. 27 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Gust H. Bardy, MD, suggests the value of CPR may be overrated....

Changes on MRI predict Alzheimer disease

Cortical thinning on MRI predicts Alzheimer disease dementia within 10 years in cognitively normal adults according to a study in Neurology. Read more at...

Check email less to reduce stress

Checking email three times a day instead of unlimited checking reduces stress, according to a study in Computers in Human Behavior. Read more and read...

Checklist may help spot autism in 1-year-olds

A checklist that parents of 1-year-olds complete in their pediatricians office may help identify children with autism according to a study in the Journal...
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Childhood obesity continues to rise

The number of obese children and adolescents (aged 5 to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, according to a...

Children in U.S. have low aerobic fitness levels compared to other countries

According to a study on aerobic fitness in youth aged 9-17, published in in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the United States ranked...

Children of obese mothers are at greater risk for early cardiovascular death

Children of obese and overweight women have a higher risk of early cardiovascular death as adults, according to a study in BMJ. Access “Maternal...

Children with acute otitis media should receive antibiotics not observation

Recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine support treating children with acute otitis media with amoxicillin–clavulanate at the time of diagnosis...

Children’s hospitals may be getting penalized for factors outside of their control

According to a study in JAMA Pediatrics, readmission financial penalties for children’s hospitals may be partly related to patient social determinants of health that...

Chocolate reduces heart failure hospitalization

A study of women with no history of heart failure (HF) or myocardial infarction found that “moderate habitual” eating of chocolate was associated with...
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Cholecystectomy during third term of pregnancy should be avoided

For women in the third trimester of pregnancy, cholecystectomy should be delayed (whenever possible) until the postpartum period to avoid adverse maternal outcomes, according...
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Clinical tool for detecting post–intensive care syndrome

The self-report version of the Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor is a valid clinical tool for assessing symptoms of post–intensive care syndrome, according to...

Clinical tool helps identify who needs stress tests

A clinical tool can be used to reduce unnecessary stress tests in patients with stable chest pain. Read more and read the study abstract.  
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Clinical trial participants’ views on data sharing

Most participants in clinical trials believe the benefits of broadly sharing person-level data outweigh the risks, according to a study in The New England...

CMS awards funding for APRN training

On July 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the participants for a new initiative that provides funds to support clinical...

CMS broadens ‘medical staff’ concept to include APRNs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened the concept of "medical staff" so that hospitals can include other practitioners such as...

CMS plans to end meaningful use program

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) plans to replace its unpopular meaningful use program in 2016. Read more and read the speech by...
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CNS-led initiative improves tube feeding administration

A clinical nurse specialist-led initiative that included an evidence-based algorithm reduced tube feeding interruptions and volume deficits among patients in a surgical-trauma ICU. Read...

Cocaine use may be associated with glaucoma

A pilot study found that cocaine use was associated with open-angle glaucoma. Read more.

Coffee drinking and arrhythmias

Coffee drinkers are less likely to be hospitalized for cardiac arrhythmias, according to a report presented at the American Heart Association’s 50th Annual Conference...

Cognitive behaviorial therapy

A study of 701 adults with subacute or chronic back pain found that cognitive behavioral therapy reduced pain and disability compared to those who...

College courses may reduce risk of dementia in older adults

Older adults who take college courses may increase their cognitive capacity and possibly reduce their risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of...

Colorado only state with obesity less than 20%

According to the report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010, Colorado stands alone as the state with obesity rates 15%...

Combining alcohol with cannabis increases THC levels

The simultaneous use of alcohol and cannabis produces significantly higher blood concentrations of cannabis’s main psychoactive constituent, THC, and THC’s active metabolite, than cannabis...

Combining exercise and meditation eases depression

he combination of mediation and aerobic exercise (done twice a week for 2 months) significantly reduced the symptoms of depression in a group of...

Combining exercise and vitamin D improves cardiovascular health

Exercise in combination with adequate levels of vitamin D reduces risk of stroke and myocardial infarction, according to a study in The Journal of...

Community interventions to combat pediatric obesity work best for children younger than 5 years

According to a study presented at the 11th International Congress on Obesity, community-based interventions designed to prevent obesity in children seem to work best...

Compression-only CPR better for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

A meta-analysis in The Lancet reports that compression-only bystander CPR is better than standard CPR (compressions and ventilations) for out of hospital cardiac arrest....

Computer algorithm can predict septic shock

Targeted real-time early warning score (TREWScore), a computer-based algorithm, correctly predicts septic shock in 85% of cases, with a lead-time of more than 24...

Congress passes National Alzheimer’s Project Act

Congress has passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which as of Dec. 15 was ready to be signed by President Obama. The Act establishes...

Consumer Reports rates heart-surgery groups

Heart-surgery groups have joined the ranks of cars and fast food in Consumer Report. The magazine teamed with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons to...
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Consumer-directed health plans have little effect on reducing unnecessary medical services

Consumer-directed health plans have little or no effect on spending on low-value services, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care.  Read more...

Costs of gun violence identified

From 2006 to 2014, the cost of initial hospitalizations for firearm-related injuries averaged $734.6 million per year, according to a study in the American...

CRNAs provide cost-effective anesthesia delivery

According to a study by The Lewin Group, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) acting independently to deliver anesthesia is more cost effective than...

Dangers of the 12-hour shift

Rose Sherman has a thoughtful blog on nursing’s “third rail”—the 12-hour shift. In the blog, she notes that although nurses like 12-hour shifts, they...

Delivery of stem cell factor into cardiac muscle after MI may improve recovery

Delivering stem cell factor directly into damaged heart muscle after a heart attack may help repair and regenerate injured tissue, according to a study...

Depression affects arthritic knee symptoms

Depression can exacerbate the symptoms of knee arthritis in patients who have minimal or moderate radiographic severity according to a study of 660 of...
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Depression increases risk of cognitive decline

A study in Psychological Medicine reports that depression leads to greater cognitive decline in older adults. Read more via Cambridge.org.

Depression may be factor in gang membership

Youth who become involved in gangs have significantly higher levels of depression and report a substantively higher rate of suicidal thoughts and behaviors than...

Depression, diabetes associated with increased dementia risk

Depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus are each associated with an increased risk for dementia and the risk is even higher among individuals diagnosed...

Despite efforts C. difficile remains significant problem in hospitals

According to “2013 Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) Pace of Progress Survey: Results of an online poll of infection preventionists,” 70% of respondents have adopted...

Detecting more abdominal aortic aneurysms

Updating national screening policies could help detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms in older men and prevent deaths, according to a study in the Journal...

Diabetes is risk factor for surgical site infections

Patients with diabetes who undergo surgery are 50% more likely to develop a surgical site infection compared to patients without diabetes (6% vs. 4%),...
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Dietary fiber may protect against obesity and metabolic syndrome

Consumption of dietary fiber may prevent obesity and metabolic syndrome, according to a study in Cell Host & Microbe. Read more via News.gsu.edu and access...

Digital device overload may increase risk of obesity

Another reason to watch how much time you spend on your electronic devices: Mindless switching between digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to...

Disparity found in access to specialists between publicly insured and privately insured children

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine that analyzed calls to outpatient specialty clinics found that two-thirds of children with Medicaid-CHIP were...

Distraction cards reduce pain and anxiety for pediatric I.M. injections

Distraction cards reduce pain and anxiety during I.M. injection in children, according to a study in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Read more at Sigma.

Do alternative therapies help with menopause?

A recent study examined the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help women as they transition into menopause. These CAM therapies included...

Do you know the schedule for vaccinating children?

Learn how to promote pediatric immunizations in your practice. Part of ANA's Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign. this handout stresses the importance of vaccinating children and their caregivers, parents, and siblings.

Does simulation training improve safety outcomes?

A new study showcases the potential connection between simulation training for acute care nurses and its role in improving patient safety outcomes. A growing trend...

Dosing strategy may reduce toxicity of TB treatment

Giving patients with tuberculosis (TB) lower doses of the bedaquiline together with verapamil might lead to the same antibacterial effects as higher toxic doses...

Drinking water before eating facilitates weight loss

Drinking 500 ml of water 30 min before main meals facilitates moderate weight loss, according to a study in Obesity. Read more.
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Drones may reduce response time for cardiac arrest

In simulated out-of-hospital arrests, drones carrying an automated external defibrillator arrived sooner than EMS, reducing response time by about 16 minutes, reports a study...

Drug therapy effective in hepatitis C

A once daily drug combination of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir for 12 weeks resulted in sustained eradication of several genotypes of the hepatitis C virus in 99%...

Drugs for diabetic neuropathy similarly effective despite cost differences

Drugs for managing diabetic neuropathy are similarly effective, yet the costs of these drugs vary greatly, according to a study in the Annals of...

Dual-task gait testing may identify dementia risk in MCI patients

Dual-task gait testing (assessing gait while performing a challenging cognitive task) can help identify patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who are at risk...

E-cigarettes may be harmful for teens

Adolescent e-cigarette users have increased rates of chronic bronchitis symptoms, according to a study in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Read...
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Early childhood abuse has long-term effects

Children who experience abuse and neglect during the first 5 years of life are more likely to have problems in social relationships and underachieve academically...

Early imaging reduces length of stay

According to the study “Patients Imaged Early During Admission Demonstrate Reduced Length of Hospital Stay: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Patients Undergoing Cross-Sectional Imaging,”...

Early rehab for ACL tears may lessen need for surgery

In young adults, early rehabilitation and optional delayed reconstruction for acute anterior cruciate ligament tears (ACL) reduced the need for surgery compared to rehab...

Early-onset menopause may predict CVD

Women who experience hot flashes and night sweats earlier in life are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to women with...

Early, intensive therapy for type 2 diabetes can slow progression

A study of 58 patients with type 2 diabetes found that early and intensive therapy helped preserve beta cell function for 3.5 years. In...
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Eating fish may prolong life

Consumption of fish (but not fried fish) and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids is associated with lower risks of early death, according to a study...

Ebola resources

Access ebola-related resources from Nebraska Medicine and the American Nurses Association.

Ebola resources from ANA

Access ebola information from the American Nurses Association (ANA) http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/WorkplaceSafety/Healthy-Work-Environment/DPR/Ebola-Information.html.

Ebola update

On Dec. 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated information on the Ebola outbreak. Read more and access the list of hospital designated...

ECRI names top 10 health technology hazards for 2012

ECRI Institute’s top 10 health technology hazards for 2012 include alarm hazards, medication errors when using infusion pumps, enteral feeding misconnections, and cross-contamination from...

ECRI releases top 10 health technology hazards for 2011

ECRI Institute has released its Top 10 Lists of Health Technology Hazards for 2011: radiation therapy dose errors, alarm hazards, cross-contamination from flexible endoscopes,...

ED nurses continue to be victims of workplace violence according to new report

The latest data from the “Emergency Department Violence Surveillance Study,” an ongoing survey study from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), show rates of physical...

Education improves ED care of children with behavioral special needs

A study in the Journal of Emergency Nursing reports that providing an education module improved the care of children with special health care needs...
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Effect of errors or adverse effects on NICU healthcare providers

A study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing reports that neonatal ICU healthcare providers who were involved in an error or adverse event incident...

Effects of low to moderate alcohol intake during pregnancy examined

Preschool children of mothers who consumed low to moderate quantities of alcohol during pregnancy had no difference in test performance compared to mothers who...

Effects of patient migration in bed

Patient migration to the foot of the bed flattens the torso, according to a study in Nursing Research, indicating that clinicians need to manage...
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Effects of second-hand smoke on children

Childhood secondhand smoke exposure and adult secondhand smoke exposure increase the risk of death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adulthood, according to a...

Efficiency: ASCs vs. hospital outpatient departments

A recent study from The American Journal of Surgery analyzes the efficiency of operating rooms in hospital-owned ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient...

EHR hospitals associated with lower adverse events

Cardiovascular, pneumonia, and surgery patients in a hospital with a full electronic health record (EHR) are less likely to experience in-hospital adverse events, according...

Elevated upper body position after childbirth improve respiratory safety

An elevated upper body position might improve respiratory safety in women early after childbirth without impairing sleep quality, according to a study in CHEST....

Emerging markets make gains in medical technology innovation

Emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil are “gaining ground” in medical technology innovation and may surpass developed countries in innovative healthcare delivery...

Empowerment reduces first-line managers’ stress

First-line nursing managers who have been structural empowerment experience less stress, according to a study in Applied Nursing Research. Read more
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ENA study encourages more suicide screening in the ED

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and many people who die by suicide visit a healthcare provider in...

Entirely subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shows positive results

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a pilot study of entirely subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. The study found the devices successfully treated all...

Errors in inhaler technique common among hospitalized children with asthma

According to a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, nearly half of hospitalized children with asthma miss a critical step in inhaler technique....

Ethical Issues in Healthcare

High ethical standards are essential in healthcare. Four fundamental principles lay the foundation for healthcare ethics. Autonomy honors patients’ right to make their own decisions. ...
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Exercise beneficial for patients with MCI

Physical exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, improves global cognition in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a systematic review in the International Journal...

Exercise for patients with type 2 diabetes most effective after dinner

Performing resistance exercise to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in obese patients with type 2 diabetes is most effective when done after dinner,...

Exercise guidelines for patients with type 1 diabetes

Access “Exercise management in type 1 diabetes: a consensus statement” in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Read more

Exercise improves balance in patients with dementia

Regular exercise improves balance for people with non-Alzheimer’s dementia and slows decline in activities of daily living, according to a study in the Journal...

Exercise is key part of stroke recovery

Exercise should be prescribed for stroke survivors because it can significantly reduce disability and the risk of recurrent stroke, according to “Physical Activity and...

Exercise may reduce severe mobility problems in elderly

Regular exercise in elderly adults may result in a lower level of severe mobility problems, according to a study in the Journal of the...

Exercise reduces silent brain infarctions

Moderate to heavy physical activity is associated with a lower risk of silent brain infarctions in older adults according to a study published online...

Factors associated with readmission identified

According to a study in Medical Care Research and Review, the highest rates of readmission occur in patients aged 65 to 84, and heart...

Factors influencing treatment delay for patients with acute myocardial infarction

According to a study in Applied Nursing Research, factors that lead to delay in treatment for acute MI after symptom onset include being at...

Fall prevention kit reduces falls

A randomized trial showed that using a falls prevention toolkit decreased falls in four Boston-area hospitals. Patients older than 65 years benefited the most...
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Falls history and risk of bone fracture

A study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research reports that past falls are associated with a 63%-71% increased risk of a new...

False-positive mammograms may indicate increased risk for breast cancer later in life

Women with a history of a false-positive mammogram result may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer for up to 10 years after...

Family satisfaction with ICU care

Emotional/interrelational aspects of care are integral to family member satisfaction with care provided in an intensive care unit (ICU), reports a study in Nursing...

FDA announces July 22-23 meeting to discuss extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a joint meeting of the Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and...

FDA approves new type of drug for insomnia

On August 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets for treating insomnia. Belsomra is the first approved orexin receptor...

FDA issues warning letter for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to Alkermes, Inc. due to misbranding on the drug Vivitrol, which is...

FDA mandates removal of trans fats in processed foods

On June 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that food manufacturers will have 3 years to remove partially hydrogenated oils, the...

FDA, EPA releases fish consumption advice for specific groups

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have released guidance for fish consumption; the guidelines are targeted to women...

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease has probably already touched you or someone you know. Make it your mission to fight heart disease and stop the No. 1...

Few health problems caused by vaccines says IOM report

Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality, a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) states, “few health problems are caused by or...

Few studies consider sex and gender when analyzing and reporting research results

The authors of a Viewpoint article in JAMA say that only a minority of medical studies take sex and gender into account when analyzing...

Final National Sample Survey results released

Access the findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses here. The report notes there were an estimated 3,063,162 licensed registered nurses...

Fitness levels decline as children age

The fitness level of children declines as they age, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Aerobic capacity among boys starts to...

Football helmet add-ons may not significantly reduce concussion risk

Football helmet add-ons such as outer soft-shell layers, spray treatments, helmet pads and fiber sheets may not significantly help lower the risk of concussions...
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Football Players and Concussions – Do They Realize the Risk?

Athletes underestimate risk of injury, concussions A recent survey-style study of 296 male college-aged football players revealed that some 43 percent of these athletes underestimate...

Form of cinnamon used in U.S. contains higher concentrations of coumarin

A study in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found that cassia cinnamon, commonly used in products sold the U.S., contains higher concentrations...

Four new guidelines from AHA, ACC

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released four guidelines related to preventing cardiovascular disease: cholesterol, obesity, lifestyle, assessment of...

FTC supports APRN practice in new report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released “Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs),” which cautions against legislators and policymakers...

Future of Nursing Campaign launches new website

As it begins its third year, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is launching a new website . A joint initiative of AARP...

Gangs don’t protect against crime

A study by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University found that gang members are twice as likely to be crime victims...

Genetic markers may identify patients with depression who will benefit from exercise

Specific genetic markers that put people at risk for depression also predict who might benefit from exercise, according to a study published the Journal...

Genetic testing recommended for colorectal cancer patients

A new guideline from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommends genetic testing of tumors for all newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients....

Genetic variation increases risk of sudden cardiac arrest

A meta-analysis has shown that a type of genetic variation increases the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.  Read more.

Genetic/Genomic Competency Center

The Genetic/Genomic Competency Center (G2C2, http://www.g-2-c-2.org/) is a new free online resource created to help educators teach the next generation of nurses and physician...

Giving a neuromuscular blocking agent early in ARDS may improve survival

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, administering a neuromuscular blocking agent for 48 hours at the onset of severe...

Global resurgence of measles

It’s not just the United States that’s experiencing a resurgence of measles. Experts writing in the New England Journal of Medicine note that the...

Guide for using MAT for opioid use disorder

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Academy has developed a new resource for healthcare practitioners to aid in treating opioid use disorder (OUD). The...
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Guideline for management of chronic pain in persons with HIV

The Infectious Diseases Society of American has released a guideline for managing chronic pain in persons living with HIV. The guideline includes management of...

Guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysm screening released

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. One of the recommendations is one-time screening by ultrasonography...

Guidelines for nutrition in critically ill patients

The February issue of the Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition includes “Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the...

Guidelines for patients with thyroid conditions

The American Thyroid Association has released guidelines for managing adult patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer. Access the guidelines.

HAI significantly increases ICU mortality

A study of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in the ICU presented at the 22nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases found that inpatient...

Hands: Keep them clean

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today It's National Handwashing Awareness Week, so what better time to remind everyone about the importance of hand...

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing releases first iPad app

On Feb. 5, 2013, the New York University College of Nursing’s (NYUCN) Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) announced the release of ConsultGeriRN, an...

Harvard issues new Healthy Eating Plate

Nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health have issued the Health Eating Plate, a visual guide for eating healthy. Read more ...

HbA1c poor way to identify children with diabetes

HbA1c is not a reliable way to identify children with diabetes according to a study in DiabetesCare. The study authors are examining whether random...

Healthcare professionals and medicinal cannabis

According to a systematic review in PLOSOne, healthcare professionals generally support the use of medicinal cannabis, but they lack knowledge and are concerned about...

Healthcare professionals’ implementation of EBP lagging

Although healthcare professionals’ self‐reported evidence-based practice (EBP) knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs are at a moderate to high level, this doesn’t translate into EBP...

Healthcare workforce needs

A special issue of Health Services Research discusses ways to prepare workers to improve the delivery, quality, and cost of U.S. health care. Read...
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Healthy eating improves children’s self-esteem

A healthy diet improves the self-esteem of children, according to a study in BMC Public Health. Read more via Bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com.

Healthy eating may reduce risk for hearing loss

A new study from the American Journal of Epidemiology reveals that healthy diets are “associated with a lower risk of hearing loss.” The research team...
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Hearing impairment may accelerate cognitive decline with age

Hearing impairment is associated with accelerated cognitive decline with age, though the impact of mild hearing loss may be lessened by higher education, according...
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Hearing loss associated with depression

Hearing loss is associated with clinically significant symptoms of depression in Hispanic adults 50 years or older, according to a study in JAMA Otolaryngology...

Heart surgery outcomes for pediatric and congenital heart surgery online

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released the first publicly accessible national report of surgical outcomes from its Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD). The...

HHS panel recommends mandatory flu vaccination for health care workers

On Feb. 9, AHANews.com reported the National Vaccine Advisory Committee has recommended that hospitals and other health care facilities not able to achieve a...

HHS releases modifications to HIPAA privacy, security, enforcement, and breach notification rule

On Jan. 17, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules under...

High cholesterol in Hispanics under-recognized and undertreated

Nearly half of Hispanics don’t know they have high cholesterol and of those who are aware, less than a third are being treated, according...

High consumption of trans fat diminishes memory

A study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2014 found that high trans fat consumption is linked to worse memory among working-age...

High erythropoietin levels in people 85 or older associated with higher mortality risk

A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that among people aged 85 or older, elevated erythropoietin levels were associated with an increased...

High omega 3 intake after diagnosis may lower risk of bowel cancer death

A high dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids, derived from oily fish, may help to lower the risk of death from bowel cancer...

High-volume texting teens more likely to engage in risky behavior

Teens who text and send more than 120 messages per school day are 40% more likely to engage in risky behavior according to a...

Higher intake of dietary trans fats worsens memory

Higher consumption of dietary trans fatty acids, commonly used in processed foods, has been linked to worsened memory function in men 45 years old...

Higher percentage of BSN nurses associated with lower rates of postsurgery mortality

The March issue of Health Affairs includes “An increase in the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees is linked to lower rates of postsurgery...
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Higher readmission rates in for-profit hospitals

A study in PLOS One reports that readmission rates for six major conditions, including acute MI and total hip/total knee arthroplasty, is higher in...
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HIV patients at greater risk for heart, kidney disease

Patients with HIV who are at high risk for a heart attack or stroke are also at substantially greater risk for chronic kidney disease...

Hospital volume associated with better survival in patients with head and neck cancer

“Hospital volume is associated with survival but not multimodality therapy in Medicare patients with advanced head and neck cancer,” published in Cancer, found that...

Hospitals continue to struggle with catheter-related infections

A survey from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) found that half of 2,075 survey respondents say catheter-related bloodstream infections...

Hospitals that admit higher percentage of heart failure patients to ICU have lower quality...

Hospitals with the highest rates of ICU admission for patients with heart failure have lower quality of care and higher 30-day mortality, according to...

How the opioid epidemic affects women

Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become such a prominent topic in today’s society that it’s hard to go one day without hearing news about...

How to manage incontinence-associated dermatitis

Please click here to read How to manage incontinence-associated dermatitis from Wound Care Advisor.
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Hypertension in women commonly misidentified as part of menopause

Up to 50 percent of women develop high blood pressure before age 60 While complications of pregnancy and early menopause increase the future risk of...
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Hypertension increases risk of mitral regurgitation

Long-term hypertension increases the risk of mitral regurgitation in patients without cardiovascular disease, according to a study in PLOS Medicine.Read more via Journals.plos.org.

Improved patient handoffs reduces medical errors

Improved patient handoffs using the I-PASS bundle reduces medical errors by 30%, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)....

Improved surgical communication reduces communication breakdowns

An intervention to improve surgical communication led to “significant reductions in potentially harmful communication breakdowns” according to May’s Annals of Surgery. Ready more at...

In some situations, axillary node removal doesn’t improve breast cancer survival

A study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology June meeting found that removing additional axillary lymph nodes to look for breast cancer...

In-bed cycling safe for ICU patients

In-bed cycling starting within the first 4 days of mechanical ventilation is safe and feasible for ICU patients who are hemodynamically stable, according to...

Incident of ear infections in first year of life has decreased

A study in Pediatrics reports that the rates of ear infections during an infant’s first year have declined; the investigators suggest that higher rates...
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Increased cadmium may increase risk of endometrial cancer

Cadmium exposure and endometrial cancer risk: A large midwestern U.S. population-based case-control study. Estrogen-mimicking chemicals, such as cadmium, may be associated with increased susceptibility to...
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Increased obesity in children with autism, developmental delays

Children with developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorder, are up to 50% more likely to be overweight or obese compared with the general population,...

Increased risk of congenital anomalies in offspring of nurses working in certain areas

A study of 22,611 nurses found an increased risk of congenital anomalies in the “singleton offspring” of nurses employed in operating rooms, pediatric nursing...

Independent NP practice in retail clinics saves money

According to a study in Health Affairs, the cost per episode treated by nurse practitioners (NPs) in retail clinics was lower in states where...

Indoor smoking bans reduce children’s asthma ED visits

Emergency departments (EDs) in communities with indoor smoking bans report a 17% decrease in the number of children needing care for asthma attack, according...

Infant BMI may predict childhood obesity

Body mass index (BMI) during infancy may help to predict if a child will be obese by age four, according to a study in...

Infection control lapses common in ambulatory surgical centers

According to an article in the June 9 issue of JAMA, 46 of 68 ambulatory surgical centers in three states had at least one...

Initial findings from National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses find more RNs and high...

The 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses found the number of RNs increased 5.3% since 2004 to more than 3 million. The workforce...

Injury patterns in competitive college athletes identified

A study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that male competitive college athletes had a higher acute injury rate than their female counterparts,...

Institutes of Medicine releases report on promoting cardiovascular disease

Read “Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World,” a new report from the Institute of Medicine, at http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12815&page=R1

International home care conference

The Second International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference: Person-centred care in home-based nursing-service models, nursing roles and competencies will be held Sept. 23-26, 2014...

International Home Care Nurses Organization announces annual conference

The International Home Care Nurses Organization has announced that its third annual conference will be held July 8-10, 2015, in Chicago. Abstracts for presentations...

International Home Care Nurses Organization conference

The International Home Care Nurses Organization will hold its third annual conference, “Home Care: Providing Collaborative & Holistic Care,” July 8-10 in Chicago. Read...

International Home Care Nurses Organization holds first conference

The International Home Care Nurses Organization will be holding its inaugural conference, The Future of Health Care Is at Home, on June 25-28 at...
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Interprofessional teamwork improves RN job satisfaction

A study in Western Journal of Nursing Research reports that interprofessional teamwork improves registered nurses’ job satisfaction. Read more via Journals.sagepub.com.

Intervention reduces ‘mean girl’ bullying

Researchers have developed and tested an intervention that effectively decreases relational aggression (“mean girl” bullying) among teen girls. The intervention, Growing Interpersonal Relationships through...

IOM calls for reduced sodium intake in U.S.

Access “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States,” a report from the Institute of Medicine at "http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Strategies-to-Reduce-Sodium-Intake-in-the-United-States.aspx". It’s estimated that reductions in...

IOM releases report on accelerating new drug and diagnostics development

On Aug. 22, the Institute of Medicine released “Accelerating the development of new drugs and diagnostics: Maximizing the impact of the Cures Acceleration Network—Workshop...

IOM report recommends new nutrition rating system

An Institute of Medicine report (IOM) recommends that federal agencies develop a new front-of-package nutrition rating system that graphically tells calorie counts by service...

IOM says end-of-life care needs not being met

The U.S. healthcare system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families,...

Iron deficiency may increase VTE risk

A study of patients with hemorrhagic telangiectasia reported in Thorax found that low serum iron was associated with increased coagulation factor VIII and risk...

Is intentional rounding effective?

A recent study from the National Institute for Health Research focuses on intentional rounding in hospitals to understand its efficacy for patients and healthcare...

JAMA focuses on conflict of interest

The May 2 JAMA explores the issue of conflict of interest through several open-access articles. Access the articles.

JAMA publishes special issue on end-of-life care

The January 19 issue of JAMA contains multiple articles related to end-of-life care, including physician-assisted suicide, cost of end-of-life care, and the role of...

JAMA study reports on mortality 3 years after trauma

A study in JAMA found that 3-year cumulative mortality after trauma was 16% and discharge to a skilled nursing facility was associated with a...

Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic Research

In early September 2019, Johns Hopkins opened its new Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, which explores the use of psychedelics on brain function,...

Joint Commission awards first certifications for palliative care

The Joint Commission has awarded its new Advanced Certification for Palliative Care to five hospitals: Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.; Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester,...

Joint Commission issues new requirements for health and wellness programs

The Joint Commission has issued new requirements for hospitals accredited for behavioral health care, which includes health and wellness promotion programs. These institutions must...

Joint Commission issues Sentinel Event Alert on opioid use in hospitals

On Aug. 8, The Joint Commission released the Sentinel Event Alert, "Safe use of opioids in hospitals." The Alert warns of opioid-induced respirator depression...

Joint Commission proposes alarm management as 2014 National Patient Safety Goal

The Joint Commission is inviting comments on its proposed 2014 National Patient Safety Goal on management of alarms. The 15-question survey should take about...

Joint Commission releases Sentinel Event Alert

On Aug. 20, The Joint Commission released “Sentinel Event Alert 53: Managing risk during transition to new ISO tubing connector standards.” New ISO standards...
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Joint Commission releases Sentinel Event Alert in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Healthcare workers struggling, expressing fears Earlier this week, The Joint Commission released a Sentinel Event Alert addressing the fears of healthcare workers and outlining five...

Joint Commission releases Sentinel Event Alert on healthcare work fatigue and patient safety

On Dec. 14, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on healthcare worker fatigue and patient safety. Read the report, which includes recommendations...

Kidney injury common after vascular surgery

Both acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease are common in patients undergoing major vascular surgical procedures and are associated with an increase in...

Lack of exercise responsible for more deaths than obesity

A study of more than 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity...

Lack of hippocampus shrinkage may predict dementia with Lewy bodies

A study in Neurology reports that lack of hippocampus shrinkage may be a sign that people with thinking and memory problems may develop dementia...

Lack of sleep increases calorie intake

Researchers at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 conference presented a study that showed insufficient sleep increases calorie...

Lancet publishes series on worldwide obesity

The Lancet has published a four-part series on worldwide obesity. The articles can be accessed at no charge, but registration is required. Read more.

Lancet study suggests 9/11 firefighters may have higher risk of cancer

The Lancet has published a study that reports a “modest excess of cancer cases” in 9/11 New York City firefighters. The researchers caution that...

Last surviving nurse taken prisoner in WW II dies

Mildred Dalton Manning, the last survivor of a group of nurses taken prisoner in the Philippines in World War II died in March at...

Later onset of menstruation, menopause may be associated with longer life

Women who start menstruation and experience menopause later in life may have increased chances of living to be 90, according to a study in...

Leapfrog Group says hospital safety improvements too slow

The Fall 2013 update to The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score shows many hospitals are making headway in addressing errors, accidents, injuries, and infections...

Legalized recreational marijuana may increase risk for cannabis use disorder

A recent study from JAMA Psychiatry examines this question: Has legalization of recreational marijuana in the United States affected the rates of cannabis use...

Less transfused blood doesn’t affect surgical mortality

Patients receiving liberal blood transfusions and those receiving smaller amounts have similar rates of postsurgical mortality, according to a study in The Lancet. The...

Lessons for more efficient research in healthcare settings

My Own Health Report, a collaboration between seven research institutions with the goal of streamlining how healthcare providers communicate with patients about preventative health...

Lessons to be learned through aphasia

In recognition of World Stroke Day, I want to share some lessons I learned during a previous lifetime when I worked alongside people with...
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Lifetime risk of stroke

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine reports that the global lifetime risk of stroke from the age of 25 years onward...
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Lifting restrictions on concealed carry guns increases violent crime

Lifting restrictions on concealed carry guns increases violent crime, and laws restricting gun ownership for people convicted of domestic violence reduces killings of female...

Linguistics in healthcare: Why it matters

MK Hedrick is a former colleague of mine who works in healthcare market research. When we worked together, we were tasked with trying to...
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Link between missing tooth and CVD

Losing two or more teeth in middle age is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study reported at the American Heart...
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Link between mitral valve prolapse and sudden cardiac death

A systematic review and meta-analysis in Heart reports that mitral valve prolapse is associated with sudden cardiac death. Read more via BMJ Journals.

Little Progress in fight against health care-associated infections, says AHRQ

Most health care-associated infections continue to increase, according to the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report issued by the U.S....

Liver injury from herbals/dietary supplements rise

Liver injury caused by herbals and dietary supplements (HDS) increased from 7% to 20% in a U.S. study group over a ten-year period, according...

Local warming before tourniquet application increases vein size

Applying local warmth before a tourniquet significantly increases venodilation without adverse effects, according to a study in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Read...

Long ED wait linked to more adverse outcomes

According to a study published online by the British Medical Journal, longer waiting times in the ED are associated with a higher risk of...

Long-term depression increases stroke risk

Persistent depression may double the risk of stroke in adults over 50, and stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away,...

Longevity genes interconnected

An international group of scientists performed a comprehensive analysis and found that most genes that increase lifespan when overexpressed or mutated, as well as...

Low-risk pregnancies may result in fewer interventions with midwives

A new study from Obstetrics & Gynecology indicates that women with low-risk pregnancies, who delivered in a hospital setting with a midwife, may need...

Lower ankle brachial index associated with mild cognitive impairment

A study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease reports that mild cognitive impairment occurs significantly more often in individuals diagnosed with a lower ankle...

Lowering BP prevents cardiovascular events in people with kidney disease

Lowering blood pressure (BP) is a highly effective and affordable way to prevent cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke among people with chronic...
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Lung cancer mortality for women projected to increase more than 40% worldwide by 2030

The global age-standardized lung cancer mortality rate among women is projected to increase by 43% from 2015 to 2030, according to an analysis of...

Making diabetes education more effective

Is individual or group education most effective for patients with diabetes? A systematic review in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship indicates that each has a...

Mammographic screening benefits may be overestimated

The mortality risk reduction benefits of mammographic screening have been overestimated, according to a study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine....

Many afib patients not receiving recommended oral anticoagulant therapy

Many afib patients at highest risk of stroke are not receiving recommended oral anticoagulant therapy, according to a study in JAMA Cardiology. Read more...

Many oncology patients fail to receive treatment for depressio

Three papers published in The Lancet Psychiatry, The Lancet, and The Lancet Oncology show that 73% of cancer patients who have major depression are...

March of Dimes releases new nursing education modules

The March of Dimes has released three new nursing education modules: Diabetes in Pregnancy, 4th Edition; Genetic Issues for Perinatal Nurses, 3rd Edition; and Preterm Infants: Transition...

Marijuana use more than doubles from 2001 to 2013

The estimated prevalence of adults who used marijuana in the past year more than doubled in the U.S. between 2001 and 2013 to 9.5%,...

Marriage may promote happiness

Marriage doesn't make people happier than when they were single, but it does protect against normal decline in happiness during adulthood according to a...

Mary Naylor named to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has been appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. MedPAC...
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Maternal age and preterm birth

Women aged 40 years or older may have a higher risk for preterm birth, according to a study in PLoS. Read more via Journals.plos.org.

Maternal and paternal age associated with autism, study states

A study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders reports that maternal and paternal ages are jointly associated with autism. Read more.

Maternal depression during pregnancy may be factor in neonatal ICU admission

Greater duration of maternal depression before and during pregnancy is associated with an increase in admission of the newborn to the NICU and postpartum...

Mayo Clinic launches Center for Social Media

The new Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media is intended to accelerate adoption of social media for healthcare purposes. Read more here.

Meat type matters

Eating processed meats such as hot dogs, but not red (unprocessed) meat, is associated with a higher incidence of coronary heart disease and diabetes...

Medicaid expansion and ED use

The expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not increase hospital emergency department (ED) visits, but did...

Medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use

Legalized medical marijuana saved Medicare $165.2 million in 2013 by lowering prescription drug use, according to a study in Health Affairs. Read more and access...
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Medical Mistrust Linked to Race, Discrimination

Researchers uncover links between levels of mistrust and ethnic backgrounds A new study finds that levels of medical mistrust of clinicians and healthcare systems closely...

Medication adherence report gives U.S. C+

“2013 Medication Adherence in America: A National Report 2013” gives people in the U.S. with chronic medical conditions a C+ grade. The report, from...

Medication errors after hospital discharge common

A study in Annals of Internal Medicine found that half of patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndromes or acute decompensated heart failure had "clinically...

Medication name change proposed

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has proposed changing the name of hydromorphone to reduce medication errors caused by confusion with morphine. Read more about...

Medications & daily exercise: Potential adverse reactions

One of the most important care suggestions nurses and other healthcare providers may have for their patients is to exercise more. A recent article...
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Mediterranean diet may reduce frailty risk

A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports that eating a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk for frailty on adults 60...

Mediterranean diet may slow cognitive decline

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with slower rates of cognitive decline, reduced conversion to Alzheimer’s disease, and improvements in cognitive function, according...
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Melanoma risk factors after kidney transplant

Melanoma risk factors for patients who have undergone kidney transplant include being older, white, and male, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology. Read more 

Meniscal transplants can relive pain, delay surgery

In patients younger than 50 years who have a torn or severely damaged meniscus, a meniscal transplant can reduce pain, improve knee function, and...

Menopausal vasomotor symptoms categorized

A study in Menopause describes four trajectories for vasomotor symptoms in women experiencing menopause. Read more

Menu labeling didn’t change eating patterns

A restaurant menu-labeling regulation did not decrease calories purchased for children or parents according to a study in October’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine....

MERS resources from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published information about Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) for healthcare professionals. The information includes interim...

Metabolic syndrome increases risk of cognitive decline

According to a French study (published by Neurology) of more than 7,000 people in three cities, those with metabolic syndrome had a higher risk...

Metformin may have role in pre-eclampsia

A study in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that metformin may have the potential to prevent and treat pre-eclampsia. Read more and read...

Mice study finds genetic link between lung cancer and emphysema

In a study of mice, scientists found that a gene associated with emphysema can also cause the development of lung cancer not related to...

Michelle Obama, Mary Wakefield discuss Affordable Care Act

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration held a conference call on Sept. 28...

Microbes on nurses’ lab coats

Nurses should wear fresh lab coats every shift to minimize risk of infection, according to a study in American Journal of Infection Control. Read more

Migraine increases risk of depression in women

A study of women enrolled in the Women’s Health Study has found that women with migraines or a history of migraines were about 40%...

Mind/body intervention boosts IVF patient pregnancy rates

Women who underwent a mind/body intervention had a high pregnancy rate after in vitro fertilization (IVF) according to a study published by Fertility and...

Mindfulness mediation may affect memory

Mindfulness meditation may make memories less accurate, according to a study in Psychological Science. Read more and read the study abstract.

Mindfulness program benefits early-stage breast cancer survivors

A mindfulness-based stress reduction program significantly improved physiological and psychological outcomes among early-stage breast cancer survivors according to a study in Western Journal of...

Mindfulness reduces depression

Eight weeks of mindfulness training helped alleviate depression and reduce stress in African-American women with lower socioeconomic status, according to a study in Complementary...