Archive for the ‘Nurse Practitioners’ Category

Take Your Best Shot At Avoiding The Flu This Season

Getting your annual flu shot from your physician affords an opportunity for an overall health checkup, says Jorge Parada, MD, medical director of infectious disease at Loyola University Health System. Source: Loyola University

Everyone knows that the best way to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. But a trip to your physician every autumn for the vaccination can help you avoid much more than the dreaded flu bug. “At the doctor’s office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your [...]

Nurses Need Education On Advance Health Care Directives, Reports Journal of Christian Nursing

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

An educational program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to advance health care directives (AHCDs)—thus helping to ensure that patients’ wishes for care at the end of life are known and respected, reports a paper in the Journal of Christian Nursing, official journal of the Nurses Christian Fellowship. The journal is published by [...]

Malaria Parasites Sense And React To Mosquito Presence To Increase Transmission

Female Culex mosquito blood feeding on the feet of a common canary (panel A: photo Flickr, Rachel Cramer and B: photo Jacques Denoyelle) translates into higher levels of Plasmodium oocysts (colored in blue) in mosquito gut (panel C; photo by Antoine Nicot and Jacques Denoyelle).
Credit: panel A: photo Flickr, Rachel Cramer, panel B: photo Jacques Denoyelle, panel C: photo by Antoine Nicot and Jacques Denoyelle; CC-BY Attribution

Many pathogens are transmitted by insect bites. The abundance of vectors (as the transmitting insects are called) depends on seasonal and other environmental fluctuations. An article published in PLOS Pathogens demonstrates that Plasmodium parasites react to mosquitoes biting their hosts, and that the parasite responses increase transmission to the mosquito vector. Sylvain Gandon, from the [...]

One-Minute Point-Of-Care Anemia Test Shows Promise In New Study

Erika Tyburski, who led the undergraduate team that developed the prototype anemia testing device, is shown in a laboratory of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Source: Photo: Gary Meek

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. The disposable self-testing device analyzes a single droplet of blood using a chemical reagent that produces visible color changes corresponding to different levels of anemia. [...]

Study Estimates Number Of US Women Potentially Impacted By Breast Density Notification Legislation

To date, the prevalence of women with high mammographic breast density in the US has been largely unknown, making the impact of notification legislation currently under consideration hard to quantify. New research by epidemiologist Brian Sprague, PhD, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, estimates the number of women in the U.S. for whom breast density notification legislation would potentially impact. Source: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Mammographically-dense breasts – those that show more breast and connective tissue versus fat in a mammogram image – are recognized as a risk factor for developing breast cancer and can also hamper an accurate reading of a mammogram. National legislation currently under consideration would require the disclosure of mammographic breast density information to women with [...]