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Study: 1 in 5 sore throats tied to potentially dangerous bacteria
HealthDay News
A potentially deadly bacteria is responsible for one in five sore throats in young adults, a new study suggests. Patients with this bacteria — Fusobacterium necrophorum — can get negative results on a strep test, but be at risk of an abscess that blocks the airway, researchers report. In this study of young people aged 15 to 30, researchers found that more than 20 percent of the sore throats were caused by F. necrophorum — more than the number caused by group A streptococcal bacteria.
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FINAL CALL: Call for Nominations — ANA Massachusetts Elected Offices — DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH FEB. 25
In 2015, as in past years, you will be asked to cast a ballot to elect a Board of Directors, including a President-Elect. Additionally, you will be voting for a Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Directors and 2 members for the Committee on Nominations. This may seem like it is a lot of people, but when you compare it to our current list of 1400 members, it is a small percentage indeed.
This is your time to step forward and become a candidate for one of these open positions. This is your time to honor our past by steering the future of the organization to greater successes and heights. This is your time to pay it forward. This is your time – no more reasons why you can’t do it - no more questioning whether you have “what it takes” - no more ignoring the call – This is your time to make a difference.
Call for Nominations Document, click here.
Consent to Serve, click here.
Self Assessment, click here.
Deadline, Friday, Feb. 25, 2015.

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Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards Deadline Extended through Feb. 28 for Loyal Service Award and Friend of Nursing Award
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of Massachusetts members. You work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today’s world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions. ANA Massachusetts Awards provide you the opportunity to honor their remarkable, but often unrecognized practice.
The process of nomination is easy:
Access the applications at the relevant links below.
Complete the application and submit by the deadline.
Have questions, need help? Call ANA Massachusetts at 617-990-2856.
Or email:
The award recipients will be invited to the ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner Ceremony in early spring.
Loyal Service Award
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Loyal Service Award is for a member who demonstrates loyal and dedicated service to the association. The candidate for this award may be self-nominated or be nominated by a colleague. Must be an ANA Massachusetts member for at least 1 year (12 months). Award recipients are asked to serve on the selection committee for the next year’s awards.
Application deadline: extended through Feb. 28.
Use this link to access the Loyal Service Award Application.
NEW: Friend of Nursing Award
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Friend of Nursing Award is for a person(s) who have demonstrated strong support for the profession of nursing in Massachusetts. The candidate for this award may be self- nominated or be nominated by a colleague.
Application deadline: extended through Feb. 28.
Use this link to access the Friend of Nursing Award Application
Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded yearly to an ANA Massachusetts member to pursue a further degree in nursing or for a child or significant other of an ANA Massachusetts member who has been accepted into a nursing education program. Amount of Award: $1000
Application deadline: March 15.
Use this link to access the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship Application.

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Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact for more information
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Registration Now Open! ANA Massachusetts Events — Spring Events!
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
The goal of this forum is to discuss the impact of legislation on mental health and substance abuse care in Massachusetts and to highlight the impact of Nursing Advocacy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House
Register now, click here.
Program Flyer, click here.

2015 ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Awards Dinner Flyer, click here.
Conference Flyer, click here.
Convention Brochure, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Morning Keynote - Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association
Featured Speaker - Cheryl Bartlett, RN
Executive Director, Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and Public Health, Cape Cod Health Care, Former MA Public Health Commissioner
Join Us for a Networking/Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 11
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ANA Massachusetts Members Free
Non Members $10.00
networking — socializing with colleagues
Cash bar and light appetizers
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Call for Posters, click here.
Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Ad Opportunities, click here.
Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
MHC Women's Health Conference Registration
Forum Flyer, click here.

2015 Annual Spring Symposium - Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.
$199 includes lunch
Early Bird Registration Fee of $179 before March 15
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

Save the Date!

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event at the Champion Club at Fenway Park
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay

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Nursing Archives Associates Annual Meeting
Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting featuring nursing professional, author, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, retired US Army Colonel and BU School of Nursing Alumnae Susan Luz. Luz will speak on her life, career and her book Nightingale of Mosul: A Nurse's Journey of Service, Struggle and War. RSVP required, by March 26.
Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
For Event Flyer, click here.

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Calls for Bylaws Amendment Proposals, Nominations for ANA Elective Positions, and Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics are Underway!
A reminder that the Calls for Bylaws Amendment Proposals, Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics, and Nominations for Elective Positions is underway! The Calls will close on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Please click on the links below for detailed information, related resources, important dates, and contact information.
Call for Bylaws Amendment Proposals
Call for Nominations for ANA Elective Positions
Call for Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics
We look forward to your participation in this very important work of the Association.

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'Superbug' surfaces at UCLA — What you need to know
By Joan Spitrey
According to recent reports, UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles has potentially infected nearly 180 patients with the "superbug" known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. UCLA has traced the source of the spread to duodenoscopes that are used for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. The outbreak was initially discovered last month, and the hospital immediately began notify patients who had been treated as far back as October to offer them medical tests. At least two deaths have been attributed to the current outbreak.
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Measles cases continue to rise across the US
HealthDay News
The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Feb. 17. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, the CDC says, and it's believed that the source of the infection was likely a foreign visitor or a U.S. resident returning from abroad. The majority of people who've gotten measles in the current outbreak were unvaccinated, the agency said.
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Primary care nurse-delivered interventions can increase physical activity in older adults
Medical Xpress
A primary care nurse-delivered intervention can lead to sustained increases in physical activity (PA) among older adults, according to an article published by Tess Harris of St George's University of London, and colleagues in this week's PLOS Medicine. To evaluate the safety, acceptability, and efficacy of this intervention, the researchers enrolled 298 people, 60-75 years old, and randomized them by household to receive either standard care or an intervention aimed to increase PA.
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Kids with Type 1 diabetes at risk for mental health problems
In a new Swedish study, kids diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes were more likely than their healthy siblings to develop a psychiatric disorder or to attempt suicide. The researchers used a national register to compare more than 17,000 children with diabetes born in Sweden between 1973 and 2009 with more than 1,000,000 similar but healthy kids, as well as with the healthy siblings of the diabetic group. They looked in medical records for diagnoses of common psychiatric disorders, such as depression, suicide attempt, anxiety, eating disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism or other behavioral problems.
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Most prefer to die at home, so why do so many die in nursing homes?
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
In spite of the major therapeutic advances for all kinds of diseases, poor survival rates remain an obstacle. Therefore, a large portion of terminal patients are destined to eventually die from their diseases. It has been reported that more than half of the population prefer to be cared for and die at home if they have the choice. However, in the real world, less than one-third of the deaths occur at home.
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Helping nurses handle their professional stress
The Huffington Post
Outnumbering physicians six to one, nurses spend more time with patients and in many ways they are the heart of American health care. And with medical insurance now expanded to cover millions of new patients, the pressure on nurses is growing. One concern is the long shifts , which among some nurses are popular, because it may mean fewer days per week. But the extended shifts are also associated with increased levels of burnout and patient dissatisfaction. And that's a real concern.
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Children with polio-like illness continue to struggle
USA Today
VideoBrief At least 112 children in 34 states have developed sudden, severe muscle weakness, officially known as acute flaccid myelitis, since September, according to the CDC. Like polio, the paralysis occurred largely on one side of the body. Only one of the children has completely recovered, according to the CDC. Although two-thirds have improved somewhat, many continue to struggle. The cause of the illness — and how to treat and prevent it — remain unknown.
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Experts: Healthy diet, exercise 'not enough to treat obesity'
Medical News Today
People who are obese are often told to eat healthier and exercise more in order to lose weight. But in an article recently published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, obesity experts claim the condition is a chronic disease that can be caused by biological factors, meaning many cases may not be cured with a healthy diet and physical activity alone. In the U.S., around 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health cite a healthy diet and exercise as a primary factor in combatting obesity. But is it really that simple?
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New hypertension recommendations planned in 2016
MedPage Today
An update to the 12-year-old Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressureseven recommendations for hypertension management is underway and expected out in 2016, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology announced. Those organizations officially took over the reins in 2013 on the suite of national cardiovascular prevention guidelines formerly managed by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute writing groups.
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Even mild heart failure can lead to sudden death
Medical News Today
Sudden cardiac arrest is a possible cause of death in patients with non-ischaemic cardiac muscle weakness, i.e. a type of heart failure caused by genetics or for which no cause is known. Now, researchers have successfully demonstrated the advantages of an implanted defibrillator (ICD) as a means of prevention in patients with moderately restricted cardiac function, and that patients with the condition must be treated as carefully as patients with ischaemic heart failure that has developed following a heart attack, for example.
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FDA issues device safety alert following 'superbug' outbreak
The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Feb. 19. The hospital system said seven patients were infected with a potentially deadly, drug-resistant strain of bacteria and that more than 100 may have been exposed to it between October and January. The bug may have contributed to the death of two patients, UCLA said.
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US cancer survival rates improving
The proportion of people surviving years after a cancer diagnosis is improving, according to a new analysis. Men and women ages 50 to 64, who were diagnosed in 2005 to 2009 with a variety of cancer types, were 39 to 68 percent more likely to be alive five years later, compared to people of the same age diagnosed in 1990 to 1994, researchers found. As reported in JAMA Oncology, researchers analyzed data from a national sample of more than 1 million people who were diagnosed with cancer of the colon or rectum, breast, prostate, lung, liver, pancreas or ovary between 1990 and 2010.
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Project aims to improve quality of, access to healthcare for children with autism
Health Canal
As more children are diagnosed with autism, the demand for primary care providers specializing in autism has increased. To meet the growing demand for autism care, a University of Missouri researcher is leading an effort to deliver specialized training to primary care providers so they are better equipped to treat children with autism. The aim is to improve quality of care and access to care among children with autism by mobilizing a community of primary care providers who are trained to meet their needs
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Telehealth is changing the landscape of diabetes management
By Karen R. Thomas
Diabetes is an epidemic that affects both individuals who suffer from the disease and the overall economy. As with many chronic conditions, the toll is not only financial but also emotional. Coping with the rigors of routine monitoring, blood tests and medical visits can leave many patients feeling defeated and even depressed. Luckily, telehealth can change — and is changing — the landscape of diabetes management while reducing costs and increasing access and affordability in the process.
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