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    Largest RN Union Issues Urgent Call for Nurse Volunteers to Assist Earthquake Ravaged Haiti

    Largest RN Union Issues Urgent Call for Nurse Volunteers to Assist Earthquake Ravaged Haiti
    OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 13 -- The nation's largest organization of registered nurses tonight activated its nationwide disaster relief program to recruit nurse volunteers to provide assistance to residents of earthquake devastated Haiti, the National Nurses United announced Tuesday night. You can give a one-time $10 donation to the Red Cross for the destruction in Haiti by texting "HAITI" to 90999, which ...
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    Would-Be Nurses Outgrow Class Space

    Would-Be Nurses Outgrow Class Space
    Jan. 12--ANDERSON, Ind. -- A nursing shortage across Indiana and the nation isn't likely to ease anytime soon, but it isn't for lack of people who want the training. "It's extremely competitive," said Susan Nelson, chairwoman of Ivy Tech Community College's regional nursing department. That includes nursing programs at campuses in Anderson, Marion, Muncie and New Castle. Nelson said there are ...
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    Hazards of Obesity Now Rival Smoking in U.S.

    Hazards of Obesity Now Rival Smoking in U.S.
    Obesity now poses as great a threat to Americans' quality of life as smoking, a new study shows. Researchers at Columbia University and The City College of New York analyzed 1993-2008 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System that included interviews with more than 3.5 million adults. The results showed that the quality-adjusted life years lost to obesity are equal ...
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    Hospital Roommates Increase Infection Risk

    Hospital Roommates Increase Infection Risk
    Staying in a multibed hospital room dramatically increases the risk of acquiring a serious infectious disease that could be fatal, Canadian researchers say. Study leader Dr. Dick Zoutman of Queen's University in Kingston says the risk of acquiring serious infections like Clostridium difficile rises with the addition of every hospital roommate. [widget:become_a_nurse__logged_out_in_article] "If you're in a two, three or four-bedded room, ...
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    State Board Accuses Octomom's Doctor of Negligence

    State Board Accuses Octomom's Doctor of Negligence
    LOS ANGELES - The fertility doctor who Nadya Suleman claimed helped her conceive her brood of 14 has been formally accused of negligence and violation of professional guidelines by the California Medical Board. The state licensing body said Monday that Beverly Hills fertility doctor Michael Kamrava acted "beyond the reasonable judgment of any treating physician" by repeatedly providing fertility treatment to ...
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    Anonymous Gift Buoys Mental Health Association

    Anonymous Gift Buoys Mental Health Association
    Jan. 6--An early Christmas gift of $1,000 brightened spirits at the office of the Mental Health Association of Frederick County. An envelope containing 10 new $100 bills came in the mail on Dec. 18, development director Jan Sullivan Dockter said. Mystery and excitement have surrounded the gift. Virginia Horner, administrative assistant, opened the hand-addressed envelope and found a note that read: ...
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    Engineer Saves Own Life by Making Surgical Heart-Repair Kit

    Engineer Saves Own Life by Making Surgical Heart-Repair Kit
    A patient who saved his own life with a pioneering home-made heart repair kit has collaborated with surgeons to market the design and benefit 19 other patients. Engineer Tal Golesworthy, suffered from Marfan syndrome, a genetic, life-threatening heart defect that left his main artery in danger of splitting. But faced with gruelling surgery and a lifetime on anticoagulant drugs, he designed ...
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    Day in the Life of a Male Nurse

    Day in the Life of a Male Nurse
    Jan. 4--Dick Berendes chose nursing as a career when it wasn't a popular choice for men. He was one of the first two men to graduate from the licensed practical nurse program at Western Technical College 40 years ago. "I was not a great student in high school, and I had no career path, but I applied for the nursing program ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Changes in Emergency Rooms Cater to Older People

    Changes in Emergency Rooms Cater to Older People
    ST. LOUIS _ Muted lighting, warm blankets, supportive mattresses and a quieter environment are all part of an effort to meet the urgent needs of older patients at St. Louis's Des Peres Hospital, which opened geriatric emergency rooms this month. "85-year-old adults will typically access emergency departments twice a year," said Deborah Wilke, a registered nurse and director of Des Peres' ...
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    Hospital Performs Its First Ablation Procedures

    Hospital Performs Its First Ablation Procedures
    Jan. 4--If your heart rate is faster than it should be and initial treatment doesn't help, you might be a candidate for ablation, an emerging technology that can isolate the faulty cells with a heat process and destroy the tissue. "It's one of the miracles" of modern medicine, said Dr. Richard Gray, medical director for the Tyler Heart Institute at Community ...
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    Heart Transplant Gives Girl More Possibilities in New Year

    Heart Transplant Gives Girl More Possibilities in New Year
    Shelley Effert was at a Brewers game with her husband, Derek, and a couple of friends this summer -- "Our first date night in forever," she said -- when she got the call. Her daughter's new heart was ready, and the Efferts had an hour and a half to get to the hospital for the transplant. So Shelley and Derek scrambled ...
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    Newsworthy Medical Stories of the Decade

    As the decade comes to a close, we take a look at some of the more newsworthy medical stories of the past 10 years. Most of them -- the first flu pandemic in 40 years, heightened concerns about drug and food safety -- will continue to play out in the next decade, while the full effect of others -- the ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Seniors Worry About Medicare Advantage Cuts

    Seniors Worry About Medicare Advantage Cuts
    MIAMI - Insurers constantly caution seniors that their Medicare Advantage perks such as hearing aids, dental payments and even gym memberships will fizzle if Democrats get their way and cut government subsidies for them. But tens of billions of Medicare dollars funneled through insurers also pay for extras that never reach beneficiaries: multimillion-dollar salaries, executive retreats in Hawaii, Scotland and Cancun, ...
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    Hospitals Turn to Spa-Like Atmosphere to Attract Women Patients

    Hospitals Turn to Spa-Like Atmosphere to Attract Women Patients
    FORT WORTH, Texas - Forget the sterile surroundings, drafty gowns and anxiety-provoking silence that often goes with medical tests. How about a massage, relaxing music and embarrassment-proof exam gowns for that mammogram? To attract patients, hospitals are finding ways to take some of the stress out of women's medical care. When Felicia Crutchfield had a procedure performed at Baylor Regional Medical ...
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    EDITORIAL: Study Cell Phone Risk

    EDITORIAL: Study Cell Phone Risk
    Dec. 28--A Maine lawmaker is proposing that cell phones include a label suggesting a link between their use and brain cancer. Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, argues that enough studies have suggested the link, and so a better-safe-than-sorry approach is warranted. No other state has enacted such legislation, though San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants that city to require a similar warning. ...
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    A Miracle Fit for St. Nick

    A Miracle Fit for St. Nick
    AUBURN -- The safe return of Nick, a 16-year-old blind and deaf dog named after St. Nicholas, is being heralded by its owners as a Christmas miracle. Owners Brian and Debra Hill say Nick, who is half teacup poodle and half Westie, wandered off Dec. 5 during a routine trip outside to answer nature's calling. When the shaggy gray canine hadn't ...
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    Virtual Medical ID System to Replace Alert Bracelets?

    Virtual Medical ID System to Replace Alert Bracelets?
    WASHINGTON - Emergency health alerts for the Facebook generation? The nation's ambulance crews are pushing a virtual medical ID system to rapidly learn a patient's health history during a crisis - and which can immediately text-message loved ones that the person is headed for a hospital. The Web-based registry, invisibleBracelet.org, started in Oklahoma and got a boost this fall when the ...
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    40-Year Veteran Nurse Reflects on a Career Spent Helping

    40-Year Veteran Nurse Reflects on a Career Spent Helping
    When Nora Montanjees graduated from Carondelet High School in 1969, wanderlust in her heart, she envisioned herself seeing the world as a flight attendant. "They were called stewardesses then," she said. Because, at 17, she was not old enough and because her mother, a nurse, had loftier visions, she instead was persuaded to attend nursing school. Forty years later, 38 of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Interest in Accelerated BSN Program Continues to Rise

    Interest in Accelerated BSN Program Continues to Rise
    Applications to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at MGH Institute of Health Professions have increased for the second consecutive year. The number of people who have applied to become a Registered Nurse (RN) at the Boston graduate school rose more than 7% for the class that will begin in May 2010. This follows last year's applicant pool ...
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    Does Cold Weather REALLY Make Arthritis Worse?

    Does Cold Weather REALLY Make Arthritis Worse?
    A common misconception about arthritis is that it is an inevitable part of ageing. In fact, while osteoarthritis (OA) - the most common form of the disease - does tend to affect older people, it is not caused by ageing and it does not affect everyone. And there are increasing numbers of younger sufferers. OA affects 8.5million people in the UK, ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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