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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 »
Harvard University report calls for changes to curb state's 'epidemic'
Diabetes rates in North Carolina have nearly doubled in 20 years, reflecting a rapidly growing "epidemic" that costs billions of dollars in medical spending and a less efficient workforce, according to a new report from Harvard University. Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the state, where the disease is far more prevalent than in the U.S. overall, according to a press release. It's the third-leading...READ MORE »
Actively engaged: Diabetes pilot seeks to help patients manage care
Reducing hospitalizations and helping patients to learn how to better manage their diabetes are principal reasons Humana Inc. chose to engage with 500 of its Humana Medicare Advantage members in Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin in a six-month pilot project with Pharos Innovations' Tel-Assurance product. Humana Regional Manager Kate Marcus, RN, MS, ARNP, said the pilot program results look favorable. "What...READ MORE »
Free tool: Diabetes care tips for CDEs
About 25.8 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Education Program. Many of them work with certified diabetes educators. "The role of the nurse/certified diabetes educator is pivotal in educating, supporting and empowering individuals with diabetes to live their best lives," said Peggy Hasenauer, RN, MS, executive director of the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center....READ MORE »