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Hello! I’m Lydia Kim, the digital content editor for American Nurse. Part of my role is expanding the types of content and the diversity of voices included on our journal’s digital platforms. I’ve also been tasked with creating original content that’s meaningful to our readers. As a trained linguist, I’m passionate about language, and I’m especially interested in how language and healthcare intersect. In addition to sharing information about the latest healthcare news or advocacy events that impact your daily nursing practice, I hope On Pins and Needles can be a platform for sharing my passion for the language and offer you a new perspective.

If you have any suggestions for my blog, please submit a comment, or e-mail me at LKim@healthcommedia.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Blog Posts

Top mental health apps for nurses

Whether you personally struggle with mental health concerns, or your patients are, your phone can be a valuable tool in the efforts to work through anxiety and stress. To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month...
cannabis

New research on possible adverse events to cannabis

A new study recently published in the Journal of Cannabis Research examines the potential “acute adverse reactions” associated with cannabis use. The study examined self-reported adverse reactions from 999 cannabis users and revealed that the...
brain health

Study examines connection between brain health and sleep-disordered breathing

A new study recently published in JAMA Neurology examines if there is a potential link between brain health and “sleep-disordered breathing (SLB).” The study examined over 100 “community-dwelling” adults who had cognitive impairments and if...

Highlighting the CNO’s role: An interview with Linda Stoverock

The American Nurse team is delighted to have had an opportunity to speak with Linda Stoverock, a nurse who is retiring after a 43-year long career in the nursing field, 20 of which has been as...

New treatment for multiple myeloma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Sanofi-Aventis’ Sarclisa (isatuximab-irfc) for the treatment of  adult patients with multiple myeloma. Isatuximab-irfc was previously designated its orphan drug status by the FDA. Isatuximab-irfc was approved...

First genetic test for Fragile X Syndrome

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved marketing for the very first genetic test to help diagnose Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). FXS is a genetic disorder which affects approximately 1 in every 4,000...

New study reveals insight into prevalence of mental health conditions in young mothers

A study recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined the prevalence of mental illness in young mothers (younger than 21). The researchers surveyed 450 women living in Ontario, Canada. The data revealed that...

Study shows reduced risk of cardiovascular disease during times of bereavement with daily aspirin...

A study published in the American Heart Journal explored the effects of aspirin and low dose metoprolol intake during early bereavement periods. Times of bereavement are often associated with an “increased risk of cardiovascular disease,”...

Community highlight – Shining the Light on All the Right: Celebrating the Art of...

American Nurse would like to highlight a new book released by The DAISY Foundation to celebrate its 20th anniversary, as well as the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife initiative. The newly...

Study highlights potential effectiveness of yoga for chronic back pain in nurses

A recent study published in the Holistic Nursing Practice journal highlights the positive effects of yoga, tai chi, and other “movement-based mind-body interventions” for nurses and nurse practitioners who suffer from chronic back pain. The...

Study examines rate of cancer overdiagnosis in Australia

A recent study published in the Medical Journal of Australia examined the “proportion of cancer diagnoses in Australia that might reasonably be attributed to overdiagnosis.” The research team collected data between 1982 and 2012 from...

New vaccine eliminated breast cancer in first human patient

A vaccine being developed in the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida is aimed at preventing new cases of ovarian and breast cancer and even recurring cases of these cancers. The vaccine is currently being tested,...

Study shows a specific nutrient could help non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

A recent study published in the Hepatology journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases investigates if indole, a microbiota metabolite may help alleviate inflammation and diet-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease...