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|November 7, 2018 ||
Burnout is hot topic in healthcare. But despite all the talk about it, burnout rates among nurses remain high. According to a 2017 Kronos survey of RNs employed in hospitals, up 63 percent report experiencing burnout.
Perhaps this is because burnout is a complex concept, and to make progress reducing it, healthcare leaders must delve into its many layers to find solutions that work for their specific organizations and nurses.
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Becker's Hospital Review
Registered nurses and physicians/surgeons were listed among occupations with the biggest gender pay gaps, according to a report from the American Association of University Women. The report included the number of women employed, earnings for men and women and pay ratio. Each job was ranked by its "profession gap," which revealed women collectively receive billions less in some occupations than they would if they were paid equally.
Billboards claiming that vaccines can “kill” children have been popping up on roadsides across the nation, prompting concerns among physicians that families are getting unproven and potentially life-threatening health information.
Several such billboards, part of a nationwide campaign by anti-vaccination group Learn The Risk, have appeared in West Virginia in recent days, the Herald-Dispatch reported. The posters suggest the young son of Nick Catone, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, died in 2017 from a vaccine.
Many Americans hold the misguided view that alternative therapies alone can cure cancer, even though such methods are not proven to be effective in treating cancer, according to a new survey.
The survey, known as the National Cancer Opinion Survey, was released Oct. 30 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a leading group of cancer doctors. The survey found that nearly 40 percent of Americans said they believed that cancer could be cured solely through alternative therapies, such as oxygen therapy, or use of certain diets, vitamins and minerals.
CNN via WPLG-TV
Excessively high or low body mass index measurements have been linked to an increased risk of dying from nearly every major cause except transport accidents, new research says.
The study, published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and conducted by scientists at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, revealed that BMI that's either too high or too low is tied to increased morbidity from a range of major diseases.
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By Lynn Hetzler
When administered soon after the initial seizure, rectal acetaminophen can decrease the rates of second febrile seizure in pediatric patients during the course of the same febrile illness, according to a new study. Febrile seizures are the most common type of seizures seen in children. Many children have multiple convulsions during the course of a single febrile illness. While febrile seizures frequently occur, and multiple seizures within febrile events are common, there is a paucity of data on the prevention of recurrent seizures — especially in the pediatric population.
The rate of premature birth across the United States rose for the third year in a row, according to the annual premature birth report card from March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve maternal and infant health. This comes after nearly a decade of decline from 2007 to 2015.
In 2017, the premature birth rate was 9.93 percent of births, up slightly from 2016, when it was 9.85 percent. The report card draws from the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
Vaccines developed in response to the West African Ebola epidemic generated an immune response lasting for at least two and a half years, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
“We were able to detect consistent immune responses in people given candidate Ebola vaccines for up to three years after they were vaccinated,” Katie J. Ewer, PhD, an associate professor and immunologist in the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, told Infectious Disease News. “This is the first time, really, that we’ve been able to show this.”
A once-monthly injection to control HIV proved as effective as daily pills in a second study by GlaxoSmithKline, paving the way for a new regimen that could be simpler for some patients to be filed with regulators.
The experimental two-drug injection of cabotegravir and rilpivirine was shown to suppress the HIV virus in a cohort of adults who had not been on a long-established daily three-drug oral regimen, GSK’s majority-owned HIV unit ViiV Healthcare, said.
The Mount Sinai Hospital via Medical Xpress
Babies exposed in the womb to the majority of medications that target neurotransmitter systems, including typical targets of antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, are not any more likely to develop autism than non-exposed babies, according to research conducted at The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published Oct. 31 in JAMA Psychiatry.
However, the rates of autism were higher among children of mothers with worse general health before pregnancy, suggesting that the mother's health plays a more critical role in a child's development than the medications she takes.
Washington State University via Medical Xpress
Star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes appear to play an essential role in sleep, a new study by scientists from the Washington State University Sleep and Performance Research Center confirms. Published in PLOS Genetics, their study shows that astrocytes communicate to neurons to regulate sleep time in fruit flies and suggests it may do the same in mammals, including humans.
This research has opened up new avenues to understanding how sleep works inside the brain, which may eventually help scientists answer the elusive question of why we sleep.
Medical News Today
A chance find in cancer research has revealed that a protein that occurs naturally in the body plays an important role in regulating metabolism. Further investigation led to the suggestion that raising levels of the protein could reverse fatty liver, type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related conditions. Scientists from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., found that raising production of the protein caused obese mice to reduce the amount of fat in their bodies even though they were genetically engineered to overeat.
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