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Breast cancer patients need improved provider education

By | 2015-04-22T16:20:35+00:00 February 22nd, 2015|Categories: Nursing news, Nursing specialties|Tags: |

Patients with breast cancer need to be better educated by providers about their health, an analysis in a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society found. The findings, published Jan. 26 in CANCER, showed women with breast cancer lack knowledge about their condition. Researchers also found minority patients were less likely than white patients to know or give accurate information about their tumors’ characteristics. Researchers surveyed 500 women with breast cancer, finding 32% to 82% reported they knew their tumors’ characteristics, including the tumor stage, grade and receptor status.

Suicide study links parents, children

By | 2015-04-23T14:50:41+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Categories: Nursing news, Nursing specialties|

Parents who attempt suicide might be increasing the chances their children will do the same later, a study in JAMA Psychology reported. The study, released Dec. 30, followed 701 people between ages 10 and 50 whose parents had mood disorders. Study participants were followed between 1997 and 2012, for about six years each, according to a Reuters report on the study. Participants were the children of 334 people with mood disorders —191 of whom had attempted suicide.

CDC, White House weigh in on precision medicine initiative

By | 2015-04-22T15:59:28+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Categories: National, Nursing specialties|Tags: |

President Obama will seek funding for a new precision medicine initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic and other characteristics of individual patients. According to media reports, the money would support biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and the regulation of diagnostic tests by the Food and Drug Administration.