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We are actively seeking volunteers and Committee Chair positions. Your Association relies on you, its volunteers, to partner with staff to accomplish the mission and goals together. Your unique skills are sure to be of great benefit to the many volunteer positions available. Please consider contributing to IAFNs future.
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SANEs: This Is Your Year. Resolve to Become Certified.
The Association is now accepting applications for the April 2015 SANE-A® and SANE-P® board certification examinations.
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The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault
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The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault will address the often overlooked link between stalking and sexual assault. Stalking is a crime that is often co-perpetrated with other crimes, such as domestic violence and sexual assault. Research supports a connection between stalking and sexual assault – both pre- and post-assault. In this webinar, we will explore the nature and dynamics of stalking, focusing on its intersection with sexual assault. We will also discuss ways in which this information impacts our responses to and services for victims.
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Ex-HHS cyber security chief sentenced to 25 years in prison for child porn
New York Daily News
An ex-cyber security chief for the U.S. government will spend 25 years in prison for accessing child porn and discussing his desire to murder minors on a sick social network. Timothy DeFoggi, a one-time acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human, was sentenced Monday on charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
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UNM responds to DOJ information request in sexual assault policy investigation
KOB-TV
The University of New Mexico says it responded recently to a request for information from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the University of New Mexico's handling of reported sexual assaults and sexual harassment of students.
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Flu season on track to be one of the worst since 2008
Becker's Hospital Review
On any day in December 2014, an average of 4 percent of Americans reported having the flu, according to Gallup — one of the highest rates of flu in the U.S. in the last seven years. The all-time high flu rate was in January 2013, when an average of 4.7 percent of Americans reported having the flu. Flu seasons typically peak in January or February, so this flu season could be one of the worst ever since Gallup started measuring the flu in 2008, according to Gallup.
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Pet CSI: How dog and cat DNA nabs bad guys
WBUR-FM
On Sept. 14, 2000, Wayne Shumaker, 58, Corby Myer, 30, and Lynn Ganger, 54 — three carpenters building a barn loft at an upscale property near Lakeville, Indiana — were bound and shot execution style during an armed robbery. Less than two years later, the triggerman in the case, Phillip Stroud, was found guilty on all three counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
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Forensic 'holodeck' recreates crimes in 3-D: Oculus Rift system could help judges and jurors explore scenes during trials
Daily Mail
One of the most difficult parts of a trial, especially in front of a jury, is accurately describing the crime scene. A number of courtrooms have begun projecting 3-D images of scenes onto walls - but these can only reveal a limited amount of information. To take criminal courtroom reconstructions to the next level, experts have created a 3-D immersive system that virtually transports people inside the scene using an Oculus Rift headset.
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Why we need more nurses on hospital boards
By Joan Spitrey
At the end of 2014, the Nurses on Boards Coalition was formed to promote the increase of nurses on corporate and nonprofit health-related boards of directors in the United States. According to a 2011 American Hospital Association survey, nurses comprised 6 percent of the hospital board members. This was in contrast to physicians, who represented 20 percent of hospital boards. It is clear that in order for our complex healthcare system to be successful, key stakeholders, such as nurses, need to be in key decision-making positions.
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How insects help solve murders
U-T San Diego
By the time Kim Martello’s body was found in the Palm Springs desert, investigators had to use dental records to identify her. The Orange County woman had gone missing in July 1991, and was found three days later by two transients. When local forensic entomologist David Faulkner was brought on to the case, he found something that didn’t belong. He said the maggots crawling on the remains weren’t all desert dwellers, and if she had been killed in Palm Springs, they should have been.
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Major depression in the national comorbidity survey — adolescent supplement: prevalence, correlates and treatment
Medical News Today
A recent study published in the January 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry underscores the important public health significance of depression among U.S. adolescents. Mental disorders are the leading cause of years lived with disability worldwide with 40.5 percent of this burden attributable to major depression. In adolescence, rates of depression increase substantially between 13 and 18 years of age, and the estimated cumulative incidence in this population approximates the adult lifetime prevalence rate.
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Staff makeup plays key role in hospitals' productivity
FierceHealthcare
Healthcare facilities can employ a diverse array of staffing patterns into their organizations in order to increase their productivity and better meet the needs of their communities, a new study suggests. The study, published in the January 2015 edition of Health Affairs, tracked staffing patterns and characteristics at 1,191 community health centers operating at 8,900 clinical sites in 2012. These centers provide primary care to low-income patients and typically experience the physician shortages that plague healthcare organizations in underserved communities. However, the authors note that lessons learned from studying community health centers can be translated to all types of healthcare organizations.
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For emergency room patients, self-reported drug ingestion history poor
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
For patients presenting to the emergency department, self-reported drug ingestion histories are poor when confirmed by urine comprehensive drug screen (CDS), according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Andrew A. Monte, M.D., from the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine in Aurora, and colleagues examined the accuracy of self-reported drug ingestion histories in 55 patients presenting to an urban academic emergency department.
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Can social media depict mental illnesses?
By Jessica Taylor
Social media is a tool for users to express themselves, check on their friends and spread news. Now, researchers are trying to use this primary source of communication to determine if individuals show signs of mental illness. Using social media and technology to track mental health could be a scary thought, because unlike measuring glucose levels, there is no direct way to measure mental illness.
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Fingerprints 'breakthrough' for wildlife crime investigators
BBC News
Scientists say they have made a forensic breakthrough in the fight against wildlife crime. A team from Dundee has been able to recover fingerprints from the feathers of birds of prey, which are under threat from illegal poisoning, shooting and trapping. If the birds have been handled, the incriminating marks could help police to identify the suspect.
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Forensic Scientists to Assemble in Orlando: American Academy of Forensic Sciences Holds 67th Annual Scientific Meeting
PR Newswire
More than 5,000 forensic professionals representing all states in the U.S. and 70 countries worldwide will convene at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 16-21, 2015. The meeting will focus on forensic science education, mentorship and the future of the forensic sciences.
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The Call for Proposals for the National Sexual Assault Conference
NSVRC
The Call for Proposals for the National Sexual Assault Conference has been released. Proposals due Feb. 22.
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Self-care in the nursing field: Do you dare?
By Rachel Y. Hill
Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, but it can also be one of the most challenging. When we consider the complex needs of our patients, the demands of our employers and the ongoing changes in healthcare, there are so many reasons why self-care is so important. Once upon a time, nursing dealt a great deal with diligence and service to others. The premise that "it is better to give than to receive" was a commonly accepted, and with good reason. The good news is that nursing continues to remain about caring for others, but self-care is also crucial.
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