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Cancer and Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Screenings: A Road Map for Complex Conversations

Posted by Nursing Educator on Feb 28, 2019 2:09:37 PM

What secrets does the body hold? Where do we come from, and what might aging hold in store for us? Consumer genetic testing offers answers to these questions, and is exploding in popularity.[1] A vast range of companies now sell affordable, simple DNA tests directly to consumers, promising buyers information about everything from their athletic potential[2] to their cancer risk.

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Tags: cancer, FDA, genetic testing, public health, American medical association, genetic counselor, DNA tests, nutrition and athleticism, mutation

Nearly one in two Americans has cardiovascular disease—but simple lifestyle changes can combat this.

Posted by Nursing Educator on Feb 14, 2019 12:42:54 PM

From Valentine’s Day to American Heart Month, February is about matters of the heart. And with recent research revealing that nearly half of all Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, now is the perfect time to learn more about heart health.[1]

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Tags: smoking, patient, lifestyle, exercise, Cardiovascular disease, Valentine's Day, Blood Vessels, Coronary artery disease, healthcare professional, Heart attack, Lungs

Why Secure Communication Is Important

Posted by Skyscape on Feb 6, 2019 9:26:33 AM

Clear and effective communication between patients and Healthcare Professionals is an essential pillar of the healthcare industry. Many patients, along with regular clinic visits, prefer to connect with their Healthcare Professionals through electronic communications such as emails, SMS, text messages and chats. Data have shown that Healthcare Professionals find texting [1] to be an efficient and convenient means of communication.

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Tags: hipaa, PHI, healthcare communication, secure messaging, patient record, electronic communication, healthcare organization, sensitive data

CTE: An urgent neurological health issue in young athletes

Posted by Skyscape on Feb 1, 2019 10:11:12 PM

This Sunday, millions of Americans will tune in to watch the Patriots face off against the Rams. But as the nation cheers, it’s likely that these athletes are slowly accumulating brain damage. And it’s not just NFL players—children in your own community are at risk as well. Read on to learn more about how to protect young athletes.

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Tags: Youth, traumatic brain injury, concussion, Athletes, NFL players, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, NFL, football players, concussion symptoms

Extreme sports, extreme injury: January is Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted by Nursing Educator on Jan 18, 2019 2:08:13 PM

Winter is a time of extremes—extreme cold, extreme wind, and extreme sports. As the days shorten, skiers and snowboarders head to the mountains, seeking thrills and fresh powder. But these alpine valleys harbor dangers to the body and brain.

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Tags: exercise, winter, extreme cold, head injuries, traumatic brain injury, winter sports, extreme sports, neck injuries, skiers, snowboarders, concussion

Why you should carry a Drug Guide on your smartphone

Posted by Skyscape on Jan 17, 2019 8:34:09 AM

A Johns Hopkins University study conducted in 2016 reveals that medical errors are the third leading cause of deaths in the United States, following heart disease and cancer. Some common examples of medical errors are: incorrect diagnosis, providing multiple drugs that interact negatively, and administering the wrong medication to the wrong patient.

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Tags: Drug Guide, Medical Error, Dosing Calculator, Drug Classifications, Misdiagnosis, Drug side-effects, error in patient care

Map that Pap! 19 additional years to protect against HPV!

Posted by Nursing Educator on Jan 15, 2019 12:33:40 AM

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and with good reason. Each year, almost 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer.[1] But with Pap smears and preventive vaccination, over nine in ten cervical cancers could be stopped in their tracks.[2] In October of 2018, Gardasil-9—the vaccine that prevents cervical cancer—was approved for more patients than ever before.

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Tags: patient, infection, pregnancy, HPV, cervical cancer, pap smears, vaccination

Reality in the New Year

Posted by Nursing Educator on Jan 8, 2019 9:53:57 AM

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Tags: student, nursing educator, New Year, positive outcomes, reality, Change, Chaotic, NextGen, Resolutions, Goals

HIV: No longer a death sentence, but not cured

Posted by Nursing Educator on Dec 21, 2018 4:03:57 PM
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Tags: patient, healthcare provider, prophylaxis, sex, Disease, Medical screening, Oncologists, HIV, PrEP, HIV Virus, Injection drug users

The Importance of HIPAA-Secure Communication

Posted by Skyscape on Dec 18, 2018 12:21:31 PM

We all know that the healthcare industry is plagued with allegations of patient data breaches from online hackers and in-house data imposters. Hackers constantly attempt to steal the Protected Health Information (PHI) of patients and sell it on the black market for fraudulent purposes. Patients' PHI data is vulnerable because it is shared with various healthcare entities.

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Tags: hipaa, patient, HIPAA compliance, HIPAA violations, EHR, data breach, healthcare industry, PHI, NPI

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