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AACN to present 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards to 25 nurses at NTI

AACN to present 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards to 25 nurses at NTI

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will bestow the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award on 25 nurses nationwide at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), San Diego, May 18-21. [More]
People who carry longevity gene variant have larger brain region

People who carry longevity gene variant have larger brain region

People who carry a variant of a gene that is associated with longevity also have larger volumes in a front part of the brain involved in planning and decision-making, according to researchers at UC San Francisco. [More]
Clear and concise communication essential to quality patient care in ED

Clear and concise communication essential to quality patient care in ED

The high-risk, rapidly changing nature of hospital Emergency Departments creates an environment where stress levels and staff burnout rates are high, but researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have identified the secret sauce that helps many emergency clinicians flourish - communication. [More]
CUMC evaluates impact, cost-effectiveness of implementing new hypertension guidelines

CUMC evaluates impact, cost-effectiveness of implementing new hypertension guidelines

Full implementation of new hypertension guidelines could prevent 56,000 cardiovascular disease events (mostly heart attacks and strokes) and 13,000 deaths each year, without increasing overall health care costs, an analysis conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found. [More]
Researchers discover novel compound that helps curtail progression of temporal lobe epilepsy

Researchers discover novel compound that helps curtail progression of temporal lobe epilepsy

Researchers at the LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence have found that a novel compound they discovered helps curtail the onset and progression of temporal lobe epilepsy. [More]
Oculus Rift headset helps nursing students improve communication skills

Oculus Rift headset helps nursing students improve communication skills

Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. [More]
ICU patients using ventilators could benefit from assistive communication tools

ICU patients using ventilators could benefit from assistive communication tools

A new study reveals that more than half of patients in intensive care units (ICU) using ventilators to help them breathe could benefit from assistive communication tools. [More]
Low staff vaccination rates put vulnerable populations at risk of getting influenza

Low staff vaccination rates put vulnerable populations at risk of getting influenza

Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent, according to a study in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]
Study links lysosomal dysfunction with neonatal intestinal disorders

Study links lysosomal dysfunction with neonatal intestinal disorders

Neonatal intestinal disorders that prevent infants from getting the nutrients they need may be caused by defects in the lysosomal system that occur before weaning, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. [More]
IU Health Tipton Hospital recognized as Heart Failure Accredited Access Hospital

IU Health Tipton Hospital recognized as Heart Failure Accredited Access Hospital

The Healthcare Colloquium, a Battelle Company, recognizes Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital as a Heart Failure Accredited Access Hospital. IU Tipton is the eleventh hospital in the Indiana University Health system to have earned this distinction. [More]
Phase I of new Heart Hospital opens at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Phase I of new Heart Hospital opens at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

An entire floor of the new Heart Hospital at MedStar Washington Hospital Center was dedicated earlier this month by MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute medical staff, associates and administrators. The opening of the new 60-bed unit marks the completion of Phase I of four phases in the construction of the first dedicated Heart Hospital in the nation's capital. [More]
TOSH Program aims to improve oral-systemic health

TOSH Program aims to improve oral-systemic health

Improving oral health is a leading population health goal; however, curricula preparing health professionals have a dearth of oral health content and clinical experiences. Funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration, New York University College of Nursing's Teaching Oral-Systemic Health Program is working to build interprofessional oral health workforce capacity which addresses a significant public health issue, increases oral health care access, and improves oral-systemic health across the lifespan. [More]
LSU Health New Orleans researcher discovers fragment of toxic Ebola virus protein

LSU Health New Orleans researcher discovers fragment of toxic Ebola virus protein

William Gallaher, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has discovered a fragment of an Ebola virus protein that is toxic to cells and may contribute to infection and illness. [More]
New textbook on dermatology published for advanced practice clinicians

New textbook on dermatology published for advanced practice clinicians

Most health-care workers learn about diagnosing and treating skin disorders through on-the-job training, because there's no standardized curriculum and few continuing education programs. [More]
Researchers find link between human population density and spread of Ebola virus in forested regions

Researchers find link between human population density and spread of Ebola virus in forested regions

Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have found an apparent link between human population density and vegetation cover in Africa and the spread of the Ebola virus from animal hosts to humans. [More]
Genes that increase longevity may not increase healthy lifespan

Genes that increase longevity may not increase healthy lifespan

A study of long-lived mutant C. elegans by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School shows that the genetically altered worms spend a greater portion of their life in a frail state and exhibit less activity as they age then typical nematodes. [More]
Use of methadone drug to treat pain increases mortality risk

Use of methadone drug to treat pain increases mortality risk

Outside the hospital, use of methadone to treat pain carries a 46 percent increased risk of death when compared to the equally effective but more costly alternative, morphine SR (sustained release). [More]
MU researcher develops intervention to help older adults gradually adjust to hearing aids

MU researcher develops intervention to help older adults gradually adjust to hearing aids

When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years; yet, previous research has shown that not all new sounds are welcomed. Ambient noises such as air conditioners, wind and background conversations can be painful, irritating and difficult to ignore, causing some individuals to stop using their hearing aids right away. [More]
Doctors carry out first organ transplant from UK newborn

Doctors carry out first organ transplant from UK newborn

The very first successful organ donation from a newborn carried out in the UK is reported in the Fetal & Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood. [More]
Kaiser named one of INROADS' Top 10 Corporate Sponsors

Kaiser named one of INROADS' Top 10 Corporate Sponsors

Kaiser Permanente, one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, has been named one of INROADS' Top 10 Corporate Sponsors. The nation's largest non-profit source of salaried corporate internships, INROADS, Inc. develops diverse, skilled talent to become Corporate America's future business, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders. [More]