The Power of Pet Therapy

Nurses see the healing effects on patients when furry friends like Izzy the dog and Kazzy the camel come to visit. Similarly, as a volunteer at a therapeutic riding center, Connie Merritt, RN, has witnessed the power of hippotherapy on a diverse group of people with severe injuries and disabilities, from toddlers to octogenarians. Read More

Nurses for Newborns Works to Save Babies

The U.S. has the second worst infant mortality rate among developed nations. In an effort to change that statistic, Sharon Rohrbach, RN, created the St. Louis-based Nurses for Newborns Foundation as a safety net for at-risk families. The foundation aims to decrease infant mortality rates, child abuse, and neglect through home-based education, health care, and parenting skills programs. Read More

New Leukemia Treatment Option

The FDA recently approved Tasigna (nilotinib) as a treatment option for adults with Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) when the disease has progressed or the patients have become intolerant of standard Read More

‘Uppers’ Create Brain Injuries

The recreational drugs ecstasy and methamphetamine can inflict damage similar to that suffered by victims of traumatic brain injuries, researchers from the University of Florida told a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. A fi Read More

CT Scans Raise Cancer Risk

Millions of Americans are receiving unnecessary computed tomography (CT) scans that could be raising the risk of cancer, says a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a few decades, CT scans could be responsible for Read More