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Exercise during hematopoietic stem cell transplant hospitalization in children
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The purpose of this controlled trial was to assess the effect of an approximately three week intrahospital exercise intervention performed during inpatient hospitalization for pediatric allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) on (i) immune cell recovery and (ii) body composition. More

Interfant-99: HSCT reduced risk for relapse, death in infants with MLL+ALL
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A subset of infants with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the mixed-lineage leukemia gene had a reduced risk for failure due to relapse or death when assigned to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation vs. chemotherapy, researchers concluded. More

Critical care nurses' values and behaviors with end-of-life care: Perceptions and challenges
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Nurses are in a pivotal position to improve care for dying patients and their families by challenging current end-of-life practices in their settings. However, nurses report a lack of preparation in dealing with end-of-life care in the intensive care environment. The aims of the study were to explore nurses' definitions of quality EOL care and to identify the personal, environmental, and relational factors that facilitate or inhibit the nurses' ability to provide EOL care to patients and their families. More

Children with cancer inspire parents to act
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Parents on the frontline of the fight against pediatric cancer share their battles in order to raise awareness and funding for research. Since the last time this column wrote about three children who had been fighting the disease, one has relapsed, one has gone into remission and one has died.Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children ages 1 to 14, according to the National Cancer Institute. Surgery, while scary and risky, is the one sure way to gain ground. More

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Researchers find key step in body's ability to make red blood cells
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Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have uncovered a key step in the creation of new red blood cells in an animal study. They found that a tiny fragment of ribonucleic acid (RNA), a chemical cousin of DNA, prompts stem cells to mature into red blood cells. The researchers also created an artificial RNA inhibitor to block this process. More

Total Motion Release teaches how to outsmart pain
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Total Motion Release has become one of the leading online resources to offer help on treating different types of bodily pains. It provides pediatric physical therapy seminars, online physical therapy, videos and books on how to get rid of pain. However, it adopts a unique approach to treat the bodily pains. Instead of treating the area of injury that everyone normally does, it adopts treating the area that is not injured. The team of Total Motion Release has conducted several researches on this process, and it was proven that treating the injured area is one of the slowest processes to heal injuries. When other areas are treated, effective results are availed much faster. More

'Smart' medical devices aim to enhance remote monitoring of patients
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A new adhesive strip equipped with wireless medical sensors is helping individuals better manage their chronic conditions while allowing physicians to more closely monitor patients, NPR's "All Things Considered" reports. Eric Topol, chief innovation officer for the West Wireless Health Institute, said the so-called smart "Band-Aids" measure several health indicators — including heart rhythm, respiratory rate and temperature — and can display information on an individual's cell phone or on the Internet. More

Studies point to value of electronic technologies to reduce errors
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To assess the system's effectiveness, trained research nurses directly observed order transcription and medication administration in each patient care unit for two to four weeks before and four to eight weeks after the bar-code eMAR rollout. The nurses shadowed staff nurses for four-hour shifts, and without knowing specific orders, recorded details about medications being administered to patients. After the observation sessions, the nurses and research pharmacists reviewed physicians' orders and either paper records of medication administration or the eMAR to identify transcription and administration errors. More

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