Tuesday, April 24, 2018
 

Defaulting on Nursing Student Loans? Think again.

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Defaulting on nursing student loan payment can cause major headaches. NURSE.com

Nurse.com (03/28/18) Brent, Nancy

Failure to repay students loans comes with heightened risks for recent nursing school graduates. Particularly, nurses could have their licenses suspended. As a result, experts recommend being diligent about changing information that could affect how a student loan is paid. Any state board of nursing and loan companies should be notified if there is a change of address, debt card number, or last name after marriage. Failure to do so could result in ongoing problems for nurses, especially if state officials do not allow expungement of disciplinary records by a state board of nursing. These public records could also make it difficult to find a job in another state. Read More

Men Suffer from Depression More than Women Do - Says Who?

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gender and Depression in Men, by Michael E. Addis

When the symptoms used to measure depression are the same, women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. If we change that assumption and define depression with male gender based symptoms i.e. anger/aggression, substance abuse, and risk-taking behaviors studies, there is no significant difference in the rate of depression between the genders.

In Gender and Depression in Men, by Michael E. Addis, "The sex differences framework assumes that depression in men is best understood by comparing men and women on a range of depression-related variables. The masked depression framework assumes that many men who present with problems other than depression are actually experiencing an underlying depression that is transformed into other more externalizing symptoms due to proscriptive gender norms. The masculine depression framework assumes that restrictive masculine gender norms affect how some men express and respond to depression and create a phenotypic variant of the disorder characterized primarily by externalizing symptoms. The gendered responding framework assumes that gender plays a role in the way all individuals respond to distressing emotions ranging from basic negative affect to an episode of manor depression." "continue reading"

 

New Year's Resolution: Find a Diet That Works! Easy to follow, nutritional completeness, or what about actual weight loss?

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

U.S. News Best Overall Diets as reported in the U.S. News & World Report

Is there anyone over the age of 13 who hasn't at one time or another been on a diet - either for health or weight-loss reasons? Every decade has a "fad-diet” leading us to believe that being thin implies we are healthy and beautiful. Yet according to the U.S. News Report, "...the reality is that dieting is hard and most diets don't work.  

 U.S. News World Report along with a panel of health experts set the criteria, evaluated, and developed a list of the top 28 diets. “To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease”

I clicked straight to the ranking chart to see if any of the 817 diets I’ve tried in the past few decades made the top 28. Lo and behold 7 of my tried diets withstood the test of time, measured favorably, and ranked in the top 28 on the “Best Diets Overall: The Data” for 2013. The bottom line, dieting is hard work and even though the 7 didn't work for me I still have 21 more options!

Taking Her Breath Away

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013

The Rise of COPD in Women

Once in a while an article comes along that just makes you stop and think. You question your feelings, and as a healthcare provider, you then question the system. You believe that logic will make sense of what you just read, so you read it again: "The number of deaths among women from COPD has more than quadrupled since 1980 yet it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated for women."

The article "Taking her breath away - the rise of COPD in Women" by the American Lung Association inextricably links the history of tobacco use and changing gender roles to the rise of COPD in women. Did you know that by 1973, less than six years after the introduction of Virginia Slims, the rate of 12-year-old girls who had started smoking increased by 110 percent? http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/publications/lung-disease-data/rise-of-copd-in-women-full.pdf 

When "Mean Girls" Wear Scrubs

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013

Nursing's "dirty little secret", have you been a victim of nurse-on-nurse bullying? You may not be alone.

This article by Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for Healthleaders Media, brings to the forefront that high-school bullying does in fact exist in our grown up world. Her reference to a study in the Journal of Nursing Management  cites statistics that nurse-on-nurse bullying was experienced by 77.6% of the 612 participants. In comparison to only 35% of Americans outside healthcare who've reported workplace incivility - read the entire WBI article and research findings on workplace bullying (Results of the 2010 and 2007 WBI US Workplace Bullying Survey).

New Sepsis Guidelines Focusing on Earlier Patient Management

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013

Do you know the 4 things that need to be done within 3 hours of severe sepsis? 13 things that need to be done within 6 hours? And the symptoms of septic shock?

"Critical care nurses play an important role in edentifying patients with sepsis and these guidelines reinforce certain management areas that nurses directly oversee"... Review the new international guidelines for critical care nurses in conjunction with early recognition of sepsis in hospitalized patients and timely, protocol-driven interventions. view entire article

Recently published in the "American Journal of Critical Care", key management steps nurses must take within 3 hours of severe sepsis and within 6 hours of initial signs and symptoms of septic shock (2013;22:212-222)

Workout Results Hampered by Statin Use?

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013

What are the effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs and exercise? Do they pair well?

Dennis Thompson, HealthDay Reporter for the DoctorsLounge, has written an interesting article about the effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs and exercise. Exercise is proven to lower the risk for cardiovascular disease; statins are also known to lower cardiovascular disease risk by lowering cholesterol, but what happens when exercise and statins are prescribed together... "Statins May Hamper Workout Results".

Overweight Patients Face Bias

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Article by Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times

We all know but never want to face the reality that a person's weight controls how they are seen and treated by others, even by healthcare professionals. This article by Tara Parker-Pope "Overweight Patients Face Bias" discusses how doctors treat overweight patients -- the treatment may be the same but the concern and empathy are not.  "Are doctors nicer to patients who aren't fat?"

CDC Health Update

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013

Notice to Clinicians: continued vigilance urged for Fungal Infections among patients who received contaminated steroid injections.

On March 25th the CDC and FDA started the investigation in conjunction with the Fungal Meningitis outbreak in patients who received contaminated steroid injections. Today April 4th, fungal infections linked to steroid injections have been reported in 20 states. Get the latest updated health alerts from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. map of the states reporting. Current Situation

Lowering Cancer Risk by Heart-Healthy Lifestyle?

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013

Following designated steps to reduce the risk of heart disease can also help prevent cancer, according to AHA study.

The finding centered on the Life's Simple 7 goals for heart health as promoted by the American Heart Association. Life's Simple 7 advises Americans to adhere to seven factors for a healthy heart... Adhering to 6 or 7 of the factors reduced the risk of cancer by 51% - continue reading
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