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Whether it's the stress of choosing the right gift, drinking and eating too much, or fighting with relatives about politics, the holidays can be hard on your heart.
In fact, new research from Sweden found the odds of a heart attack jump nearly 40 percent on Christmas Eve.
"Traditional holidays were associated with increased risk of heart attack. The risk overall during Christmas/New Year's was 15 percent higher than a regular December day," said study senior author Dr. David Erlinge. He's the head of the office of cardiology at Skane University Hospital in Lund, Sweden.
Thank you to all those who participated in this event!
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Congratulations to our ANA\C Members Receiving Awards! Learn more about the award winners.
Last week, ANA\C was invited to participate in Pinning Ceremony for Nursing Winter Class 2018 at California State University, Sacramento. ANA\C awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Advocacy to Cuddy Lambert.
We congratulate Cuddy Lambert and all the other Nursing School Winter 2018 Graduates! Congratulations and welcome to our noble profession!
For any nurses in CA in need due to illness or injury: Nurses House Inc. can provide help with housing and medical expenses for RNs facing dire circumstances. Visit their website for more info: www.nurseshouse.org
Significant healthcare innovations are often developed in response to issues encountered by nurses. When it became evident that there was a way to create a more efficient process for feeding babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, Erin Hoch, RN, BSN, was determined to bring her idea for an improved feeding process to life.
As 2018 comes to an end and we welcome 2019, the Johnson & Johnson Nursing team is excited about the journey begun this year in showcasing nurses as critical partners on the front lines of care and championing nurses as crucial thought-leaders in developing future products, policies, and protocols.
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a heroic group of nurses who served in World War II – and these nurses are the only uniformed corps members from that war who haven’t been recognized as veterans.
You can help change that and give these nurses their due.
The bipartisan United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act was just introduced in the Senate and would right this wrong and finally honor these nurses’ valiant service to our country, but it needs your help to move forward!
Send your letter now: tell your Senators to support the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act and recognize the sacrifice these nurses have made.
These nurses filled an urgent need during the war efforts by ensuring that there were trained healthcare professionals at home and abroad – and paved the way for how nursing and nurse training evolved in the U.S. in the process.
Ten different bills have been introduced since 1995 aiming to give these nurses the credit they deserve – and none have passed. This new bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Warren (D-MA) and Senator Daines (R-MT), is our best chance to honor nurse cadets and the critical role they played.
Thanks in advance for helping ensure that these nurses’ service to their country isn’t forgotten.
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Thursday, Jan. 10 | 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. PST
Attendance is FREE for all those who work in clinical settings.
This is the sixth year this program has been hosted and it has received incredibly positive feedback from nurses, physicians and pharmacists who have attended. The program covers the basics of cancer immunotherapy; how to and when to use it in treating melanoma, lung cancer, GU cancers, hematologic malignancies and head and neck cancer; practical barriers in implementation; and most importantly, how to manage patients and the side effects/adverse events of the treatment.
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Join the cutting edge of nursing at the 2019 ANA Quality and Innovation Conference. Get hands-on experience with the top innovations in nursing, learn about the next big tech advancement in health care, and help redefine what quality nursing looks like. Don’t miss out on the nation’s leading event for nursing innovation!
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Every nurse has some stress in his or her life. That’s a given in this caregiving profession. Some days, that tension can grow and grow until you feel like you’re drowning beneath a tsunami of stress. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, winter solstice — whatever special days you mark — can also be a major source of anxiety.
Even if you don’t celebrate any of these holidays, the short days and long, dark, cold nights this time of year can dampen anyone’s mood. As a nurse, if you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed this holiday season, it’s extremely important that you try to reduce your stress.
The stethoscope is one of the most important and perhaps the most recognizable of all tools used by health care professionals. But new research finds they are often crawling with bacteria, including some germs that can cause serious infections.
The study, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, found that Staphylococcus, the bacteria responsible for staph infections, was found in abundance on many stethoscopes, with more than half of the devices having confirmed contamination with the bacteria.
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Researchers conducted a recent survey gauging nurses' knowledge and beliefs about infection control practices, according to a study published Dec. 13, in the American Journal of Infection Control. "Nurses play a critical role in infection control in home healthcare settings," said David Russell, PhD, Center for Home Care Policy & Research, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, NY. "Moving beyond a singular focus of knowledge by sharing messages that challenge perceptions on topics — from the influenza vaccine to proper handling of nursing bags —may go a long way toward enhancing compliance with effective infection control strategies."
By Scott E. Rupp
Healthcare spending slowed in 2017 for the second consecutive year in the United States, with a limited growth rate of 3.9 percent — almost one percentage point lower than in 2016 — according to new statistics released by the federal government this month. Healthcare’s share of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) is 17.9 percent with total spending emerging at $3.5 trillion — the equivalent of $10,739 per person — but growing slower than the overall GDP. Why the slowing growth?
The nation’s obesity rate has reached the highest-ever level this year, according to the United Health Foundation’s 2018 report. Obesity is a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other conditions. Additionally, an increase in drug deaths, suicides and cardiovascular disease deaths is contributing to an increase in premature death. In its 29th year, the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report also reveals bright spots, including the reduced rate of childhood poverty and an increased number of mental health providers and primary care physicians per 100,000 people.
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Forty-seven percent of registered nurses named opioid abuse as one of the top three healthcare crises that will have the worst impact on population health in the next five years, a recent survey from the University of Phoenix revealed.
Fifty-one percent of administrative staff and 35 percent of U.S. adults not employed in healthcare said the same.
In addition to opioid abuse, respondents named rising healthcare costs and a lack of access to affordable insurance as significant problems.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Statins are relatively inexpensive and do not have many downsides; the most common complaint is myalgia, which is experienced by about 10 percent of patients. In addition to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, statins have been linked to benefits for other diseases and conditions, such as chronic pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, some cancers, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and infections. So, why shouldn’t everyone be on a statin? The answer is because after a review of statins and multiple non-cardiovascular outcomes, the jury is still out.
Like many a cockamamie idea, this one was so crazy, it just might work.
But then again, the Bassler microbiology lab at Princeton University was built on crazy ideas that proved right, like the idea that bacteria talk to one another, says Bonnie Bassler, director of the lab, chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Of course, they don't speak in so many words. Rather, they communicate with chemical signals, she says — a discovery that helped earn her a MacArthur genius grant in 2002.
So when graduate student Justin Silpe proposed that a virus could eavesdrop on those bacterial conversations, Bassler says she initially thought it was a bit wild. "There's never, ever been evidence of a virus listening in on bacterial communication," she says. "But what the heck. It's not my job to shut down people's creativity."
You’ve probably heard that having children and breastfeeding them reduces a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer. But according to new research, in the years immediately following childbirth, women are actually at a small, heightened risk of the disease.
That’s the finding of a major new review of 15 studies from three continents on the relationship between breast cancer and childbirth, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It’s not the first paper to come to this conclusion, but it’s certainly the biggest — and one that clarifies a little-appreciated breast cancer risk factor.
Even in our senior years, having sex regularly — or even just fooling around — can significantly improve wellbeing and contentment in life, a new study finds.
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and University College London found seniors who reported any type of sexual activity within the previous 12 months felt greater levels of enjoyment and satisfaction in their lives compared to sexually inactive individuals. Results were based on survey data from 6,879 participants in England who were 65 years old, on average.
While Wisconsin is ranked 23rd in the country for overall health in a recent report, the state was also named the worst in the nation for excessive drinking.
United Health Foundation's annual America's Health Rankings report ranks states across a variety of factors like community and environment, policy, clinical care, and health outcomes.
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