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Older adults with too much salt in diet and too little exercise at greater risk of cognitive decline

 

Toronto, Canada (August 22, 2011) – Older adults who lead sedentary lifestyles and consume a lot of sodium in their diet may be putting themselves at risk for more than just heart disease.

 

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Effects of prenatal smoking on infant neurodevelopment may be worse than feared: study

 

Chicago, Ill., USA (August 22, 2011) - In one of the largest studies of its kind to date, researchers have found that babies born to mothers who smoke while pregnant face substantial delays in early neurological development, and the effects may be stronger than researchers had previously thought.

 

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17 percent of cancer nurses unintentionally exposed to chemotherapy, U-M study finds

Researchers stress importance of implementing nurse safety measures around these highly toxic drugs

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA (August 22, 2011) — Nearly 17 percent of nurses who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers reported being exposed on their skin or eyes to the toxic drugs they deliver, according to a new study from the University of Michigan (U-M) Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

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Better mattresses improve care, cut hospital costs

 

Toronto, Canada (August 17, 2011) — Hospitals could reduce health care costs arising from pressure ulcers, commonly known as bedsores, by investing in pressure-reduction mattresses for elderly patients in emergency departments, according to new research from the University of Toronto.

 

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Using powder-free latex gloves reduces latex allergy rate in health care workers

Airborne latex allergens spread by cornstarch used to powder gloves

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (August 17, 2011) - Researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin investigating latex allergy in health care workers have demonstrated the most effective public health strategy to prevent allergic sensitization is by stopping the use of powdered latex gloves. Previous medical studies pointed out this association of latex allergy to powdered latex glove use but were not able to completely confirm this link in specific workers. Reducing the use of powdered gloves reduced the allergen in the air and in air ducts at two hospitals, and prevented sensitization to latex in health care workers at both institutions.

 

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Better chronic pain management

 

Ottawa, Canada (August 15, 2011) - Pain care management needs to be improved, with health care professionals committing to improve care as well as a retooling of the health care system to help people who are suffering, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2011/08/15/cmaj.111065

 

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Viagra could reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms

 

Barcelona, Spain (May 19, 2011) - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researchers have discovered that Viagra® drastically reduces multiple sclerosis symptoms in animal models with the disease. The research, published in Acta Neuropathologica, demonstrates that a practically complete recovery occurs in 50% of the animals after eight days of treatment. Researchers are confident that clinical trials soon will be carried out in patients given that the drug is well tolerated and has been used to treat sexual dysfunction in some multiple sclerosis patients.

 

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Wide-reaching report finds strong support for nurse and pharmacist prescribing

Greater powers introduced by the government to enable specially trained nurses and pharmacists to prescribe medication in England have been successfully adopted, according to a new report

 

Southampton (May 10, 2011) - Greater powers introduced by the government to enable specially trained nurses and pharmacists to prescribe medication in England have been successfully adopted, according to a new report.

 

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Risk of hospital patient mortality increases with nurse staffing shortfalls, study finds

Research also shows that higher patient turnover affects mortality rate

 

Los Angeles, Cal., USA (March 16, 2011) - Nurses are the front-line caregivers to hospital patients, coordinating and providing direct care and delivering it safely and reliably. The goal for any hospital is to ensure that each of its patient-care units has an adequate number of nurses during every shift.

 

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Future surgeons may use robotic nurse, 'gesture recognition'

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., USA (February 3, 2011) - Surgeons of the future might use a system that recognizes hand gestures as commands to control a robotic scrub nurse or tell a computer to display medical images of the patient during an operation.

Both the hand-gesture recognition and robotic nurse innovations might help to reduce the length of surgeries and the potential for infection, said Juan Pablo Wachs, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University.

 

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Toronto Western Hospital study demonstrates improved wait times for patients suffering back pain

 

Toronto, Canada (November 17, 2010) - Results of a Toronto Western Hospital study show that patients suffering back pain get quicker diagnosis and treatment when a Nurse Practitioner conducts the first examination. Traditionally, patients face long and anxiety-ridden wait times - up to 52 weeks – before an initial examination by a spine surgeon. Results from the year long TWH study showed wait times for patients examined by a Nurse Practitioner were significantly shorter, ranging from 10 to 21 weeks.

 

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Nurse practitioner-led spinal clinic produced impressive results and shorter waiting times

Study reports 100 percent agreement on clinical diagnosis and 96 percent patient satisfaction

 

Toronto, Canada (November 17, 2010) - Ninety-six per cent of patients with back problems were satisfied with the assessment carried out by a specially trained nurse practitioner, according to a study in the December issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

 

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CWRU nurse researcher finds prescribed bed rest has down side for pregnant women

 

Cleveland, OH, USA (November 10, 2010) - Despite lack of evidence about bed rest's effectiveness, doctors annually prescribe it for roughly 1 million pregnant women to delay preterm births. Judith Maloni, professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, said a comprehensive review of more than 70 evidence-based research articles challenges whether this is healthy for mothers — or their babies.

 

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