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Grip strength could indicate risk of death and cardiovascular disease
Firmness of a person's hand grip is better than blood pressure for assessing health, according to a new study, and reduced muscular strength, measured by grip, is consistently linked with early death, disability and illness. The research by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario was published May 13 in the journal The Lancet. "Grip strength could be an...READ MORE »
Fragile healthcare systems threaten malaria control, study suggests
An additional 11,000 deaths due to malaria may have occurred in 2014 because of disruptions in healthcare services caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a British study published April 23 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Another 3,900 deaths may have been due to interrupted delivery of insecticide-treated sleeping nets. "The ongoing Ebola epidemic in parts of West Africa largely overwhelmed...READ MORE »
Study: California's nurse-to-patient ratio law reduces RN injuries
A study that sought to understand if the California nurse-to-patient ratio law improves nurse safety showed promising results, according to the article, "California's Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Law and Occupational Injury," published May 2015 in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. California is the only state to govern a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio law for various units. In general,...READ MORE »
Smog and ragweed combo bad news for allergy sufferers, asthmatics
An unhealthy ozone and ragweed pollen may be worsened by our changing climate, according to the report, "Sneezing and Wheezing" a 2015 update published by the National Resources Defense Council. It is bad news for the millions of Americans who suffer from asthma and allergies. The report states 109 million Americans are at risk with one in three living in the "sneeziest and wheeziest" cities and regions that can...READ MORE »
WHO names 16 cancer drugs as essential medicines
Sixteen cancer drugs have been added to the World Health Organization's Model List of Essential Medicines. Among those recommended are high-cost medicines including imatinib, to treat leukemia; trastuzumab, to treat early and advanced stage breast cancer; and rituximab for lymphomas and leukemia, according to the April 2015 Report of the 20th WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines....READ MORE »
The road to population health management
Population health management is the focus of much of today's conversations surrounding healthcare delivery systems. The topic is prompting discussions on three elements - expanding and using large-scale patient clinical data sets to drive clinical decision-making, having a primary-care led clinical workforce, and engaging communities and patients to manage their own health. At the heart of each of these key elements...READ MORE »
Study: ICU nurses benefit from workplace intervention to reduce stress
A small study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that a workplace mindfulness-based intervention reduced stress levels of employees exposed to a highly stressful occupational environment, according to a news release. Members of a surgical ICU at the academic medical center were randomized to a stress-reduction intervention or a control group. The eight-week group intervention...READ MORE »
Community nurses lead way with nutrition programs
When Courtney Jones, BSN, RN, was a school nurse at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., back in 2011, she and two colleagues started a group called The Ladies of Dunbar to mentor and support the school's female students. "We saw that the female students needed formal guidance in things like proper hygiene, how to dress for a job interview and how to prepare for college, among other things," Jones said. As a...READ MORE »
Student well-being focus of new RN-led programs
Initiatives to promote the fitness and well-being of students work best with family involvement, according to school nurses. Every year I have a health fair with a focus on safety, exercise and nutrition for families," said Pam Meerdink, MSN, RN, a school nurse at the Lodi Unified School District in California. "My motto is: Healthy Kids In Schools, A Family Affair," Meerdink continued. "You can't just approach the...READ MORE »
Legally speaking: Home healthcare nursing and nutrition
As a home healthcare nurse, you work with patients and their families in the home setting. Being in a patient's home allows you to assess and intervene in various healthcare problems that might not be identified in another health setting. In 2011, 4.7 million individuals received home healthcare.1 One of the important aspects of home care nursing is the assessment of the nutritional status of patients and their...READ MORE »
Study reports diet soda increases belly fat in older adults
Increasing diet soda intake is directly linked to greater abdominal obesity in adults 65 years of age and older, according to a study published March 17 on the website of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. These findings raise concerns about the safety of chronic diet soda consumption, which might increase belly fat and contribute to greater risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases....READ MORE »
Head Start programs might prevent obesity among low-income preschoolers
Low-income children enrolled in the federally funded Head Start preschool program might experience beneficial effects on developmental and physical outcomes, including a healthier body mass index, according to research. The study, "Changes in Body Mass Index Associated With Head Start Participation," was published Jan. 12 on the website of the journal Pediatrics. "The study findings suggest that participating in...READ MORE »
Study: Childhood obesity rates might be related to babies' body mass index
Body mass index during infancy might help predict whether a child will be obese by age 4, according to a large study by researchers with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Better understanding of infant growth patterns might lead to more effective early efforts at obesity prevention, the researchers said in a news release. Results from the study, which tracked a cohort with a majority of African-American...READ MORE »
Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig lead commercial weight loss programs in review
According to an updated evidence review of 11 commercial weight-loss programs, only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig showed evidence for effective long-term weight loss. The review was published April 7 in Annals of Internal Medicine. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to CDC statistics. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians screen all adults for obesity and offer or refer...READ MORE »
Study finds eating eggs reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
Egg consumption might reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published April 1 on the website of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly widespread throughout the world, according to a news release. Past research has shown lifestyle habits, such as exercise and nutrition, play a crucial role...READ MORE »