On Pins and Needles

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

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...

Study reveals link between asthma and atrial fibrillation risk

A new study published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology examined if there is a link between “persistent” asthma and an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). The study hypothesized the potential association due to the...

#MyNurseChat: A nurse’s role in medical aid in dying with Dr. Leah Curtin

Recently, American Nurse launched its first ever #MyNurseChat which focused on the nurse’s role in end-of-life decisions, specifically medical aid in dying. We partnered with Dr. Leah Curtin on this topic as a companion...

WHO announces official name for coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently announced the official name of the coronavirus: COVID-19. Amongst this development, recent news has begun to suggest that although the death rate of COVID-19 is still rising, infection...

Study reveals connection between intake of fermented soy products and lower mortality risks

A new study published in the BMJ examined the connection between the intake of fermented soy products and lower mortality rates. The research was conducted in several Japanese public health centers and examined over 92,000...

New York City to launch program for postpartum depression

A new program for helping families affected by postpartum depression is set to hit New York City in 2024. The program is The New Family Home Visits initiative, and will first begin in Brooklyn...

WHO reports that coronavirus transmission outside of China may increase

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that the rate of coronavirus transmission outside of China may soon be increasing. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, describes the potential with the following: “It’s slow now,...

Interview with Clove shoes – footwear designed for nurses

The American Nurse team is delighted to have had an opportunity to speak with Joe Ammon, the founder and CEO of Clove, a footwear company specializing in shoes for nurses like Tamara, his wife,...

New treatment for peanut allergy in children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Aimmune Therapeutics’ Palforzia for children suffering from peanut allergy. Palforzia is intended to help “allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure...