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Ebola cases climb, include American aid workers
According to the World Health Organization, as of July 27, the number of cases attributed to Ebola virus disease stood at 1,201, including 672 deaths, involving cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Two American healthcare workers, contracted the virus in Liberia. Kent Brantly, MD, of Fort Worth, Texas, medical director for the Samaritan's Purse care center serving the Liberian capital of Monrovia, and Nancy...READ MORE »
Penn State nursing professor presents at ADA's 74th Scientific Sessions
Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Miriam Stirl endowed term professor of nutrition, professor of nursing of children, and assistant dean for community engagement, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn., presented on the increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes in children at the American Diabetes Association's 74th Scientific Sessions in June in San Francisco. Her presentation centered on her ongoing...READ MORE »
UCLA researchers find way to clear excess IAPP from insulin-producing beta cells
People with type 2 diabetes have an excess of a protein called islet amyloid polypeptide, or IAPP, and the accumulation of this protein is linked to the loss of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells, according to a study by UCLA researchers. What causes this accumulation of IAPP in pancreatic beta cells of people with diabetes has remained a mystery, according to an article on the UCLA website. But a team of...READ MORE »
RWJF grants to help prepare PhD nurses
Seventeen nurses will receive financial support as they pursue their PhDs, thanks to grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program. RWJF announced June 15 the first 14 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support these nurses, according to a news release. Each school will select students to receive financial support, mentoring and leadership development over the three...READ MORE »
Study: Size of RN workforce surpasses forecasts
The size of the RN workforce has surpassed forecasts from a decade ago, growing to 2.7 million in 2012 instead of peaking at 2.2 million, according to a study published on HealthAffairs. Much of the difference is attributed to an increase in the number of new nursing graduates. But the study also suggests the size of the RN workforce is sensitive to changes in retirement age, given the large number of baby-boomer...READ MORE »
Study: Nurse-led interventions can help patients with chronic diseases
Nurse-led interventions are associated with improved biomarkers in patients with common chronic diseases, according to a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In a review published online July 15, RN researchers and their colleagues examined the results of 18 studies (more than 23,000 patients) and concluded a team approach that uses nurse-managed protocols may have positive effects on the outpatient...READ MORE »
Future of Nursing Scholars program awards grants to prepare PhD nurses
Seventeen nurses will receive financial support as they pursue their PhDs, thanks to grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program. RWJF announced June 15 the first 14 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support these nurses, according to a news release. Each school will select students to receive financial support, mentoring and leadership development over the three...READ MORE »
NYU study indicates issues with Latinas learning about diabetes risks
A study by researchers at NYU indicates about 5.5 million Latin-American women suffer from elevated fasting plasma glucose and nearly four million of those women were never told by a healthcare provider they were at risk for diabetes, pre-diabetes or were borderline for diabetes. The study, "Latinas with Elevated Fasting Plasma Glucose: An Analysis Using NHANES 2009-2010 Data," which was led by Shiela M. Strauss,...READ MORE »
Diabetes Forecast 2014 Consumer Guide features new products
Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine from the American Diabetes Association, released its annual Consumer Guide in January, according to a news release. The new guide features new tools and how they fit into a treatment plan. Highlights from this guide about diabetes devices and products include seven in-development products poised to make waves in the diabetes world. Will help people with diabetes make an...READ MORE »
Study finds big increases in diabetes cases among youth
In a study that included data from more than 3 million children and adolescents from diverse geographic regions of the U.S., researchers found the prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes increased significantly between 2001 and 2009. Researchers with the Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, Colo., the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, examined whether...READ MORE »
Veterans Affairs researchers study Type 2 diabetes to help more vets avoid it
Department of Veterans Affairs researchers are hard at work on one of the most widespread medical problems among Americans who have served their country: Type 2 diabetes. "Type 2 diabetes is at epidemic proportions among the veteran population," Tim O'Leary, MD, PhD, chief research and development officer, said in a news release. "It affects nearly 20% of veterans who use the VA healthcare system, compared to 8.3%...READ MORE »
AJMC study: Among diabetics, more weight equals less optimal blood pressure, A1C levels
With 26 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes and the incidence of diabetes tracking obesity geographically, researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California set out to determine whether overweight and obese patients with diabetes were more or less likely to seek health screenings associated with diabetes once they knew they had the condition. The large scale study, published online in January by The...READ MORE »
Study indicates morbidity higher in obese liver transplant recipients with diabetes
Researchers from New Zealand report that morbidity after liver transplant is highest among obese patients with diabetes, but these risk factors do not influence post-transplant survival, according to a news release. According to the study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, body mass index is...READ MORE »
USC scientists uncover genetic clue to Type 2 diabetes risk
Los Angeles-based University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine scientists are part of an international team of researchers in Mexico and the United States that uncovered a new genetic clue that contributes to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to the school's website. The team performed one of the largest genetic studies in Mexican and Mexican-American populations, discovering a...READ MORE »
Study looks at providers tracking key health measures and outcomes of care
A study of a group of manufacturing workers published in the American Journal of Managed Care found better care can make a difference, and can even compensate for being sicker at the outset, according to a news release. "Better care" was defined in the study as having a doctor who tracked three key health measures: glycated hemoglobin, lipids and microalbuminuria. The study tracked 1,797 employees with diabetes from...READ MORE »