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Reporting Causes of Autism
February 26, 2010 10:28 AM by Jill Rollet
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof yesterday wrote about the difficulties journalists face when reporting on scientific investigations of medical issues. His immediate subject in " Do Toxins Cause Autism? " was an early-release article for the Read More...
NP Testifies in Vermont Hearing About Drug Samples
October 28, 2009 8:32 AM by Jill Rollet
After banning the traditional free marketing lunches for healthcare providers offered by pharmaceutical reps, the state of Vermont is considering requiring pharma companies to report or even eliminate free drug samples. At a hearing held by the state's Read More...
Swine Flu: Beware the Hype
April 27, 2009 12:26 PM by Jennifer Ford
The news about the combination swine/human/avian flu confirmed in Mexico, the United States and Canada is at the top of every front page today. The public is very concerned, and photos published in the media show many people wearing face masks. The United Read More...
Video Good Choice for Patient Education
February 13, 2009 9:20 AM by Jill Rollet
I saw this great patient education video about lost tampons on a blog called Doc Gurley, Posts From an Insane Healthcare System . The blogger appears in the video giving humorous, yet expert, advice about how a tampon can get "lost" and what to do about Read More...
DNP Introduced to the Public
January 21, 2009 8:44 AM by Jill Rollet
Monday's Bismark (N.D.) Tribune ran a positive article introducing the role of nurse practitioners with a DNP to the public. "Nurse Who Is Also a Doctor" featured nurse practitioner Stacey Pfenning, who has a doctor of nursing practice degree. Although Read More...
NP Creates Safe-Sex Soap Operas for Cell Phones
January 5, 2009 1:55 PM by Jennifer Ford
Are you looking for a creative way to communicate safe sex practices to patients? Nurse practitioner Rachel Jones has created a new one: safe-sex soap operas that can be played on cell phones . Jones, a nurse educator at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Read More...
Boston Bans Cigarette Sales in Retail Locations
December 15, 2008 11:49 AM by Jennifer Ford
According to Thursday's article, " Boston bans cigarette sales in drug stores but delays cigar bar closings ," at, the city of Boston has banned all cigarette sales in drug stores and also college campuses. Walgreens and CVS, the nation's largest Read More...
Talking to Reporters
August 11, 2008 7:56 AM by Jill Rollet
A nice article about nurse practitioners showed up in the New York City edition of yesterday's New York Times . Although titled " Yes, the P.A. Will See You Now ," the article looks at both physician assistant and NP roles, and it does a good job covering Read More...
Poll: Millions Believe Health Records Lost, Stolen
August 5, 2008 2:51 PM by Jennifer Ford
According to a recent Harris Interactive poll titled " Millions Believe Personal Medical Information Has Been Lost or Stolen ," four percent of respondents believed they or a family member had had their medical records lost or stolen. As a percentage Read More...
Free Resources for NPs
June 2, 2008 1:30 PM by Jennifer Ford
A couple of free resources that have recently become available are worth mentioning: First is PNP SOURCE, offered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). It is an online learning system and continuing education library that Read More...
Safe Sleep Letter
May 8, 2008 2:11 PM by Jennifer Ford
Attached at the bottom of this post is a letter from the Pennsylvania Child Death Review Team about safe sleep for infants. The PCDRT is working to distribute this letter to all NPs, because many NPs care for infants. Click on the link below to read the Read More...
Attachment(s):safe sleep letter.pdf
Opportunity Lost
May 1, 2008 8:09 AM by Jill Rollet
The article starts out promising good PR for nurse practitioners: "Peggy O'Donnell, a Lynbrook nurse practitioner, knows a thing or two about picking a good primary care physician." This is O'Donnell's opportunity to explain that an NP often can be your Read More...
Medicine and Metaphor
April 24, 2008 3:22 PM by Jill Rollet
Here at ADVANCE, we've been thinking about analogies and metaphors for the past couple of days. These literary and logical devices help us understand the biological and chemical processes we write about and help us communicate them to our readers. For Read More...
Rate Your Provider. A Good Idea?
March 27, 2008 9:26 AM by Jill Rollet
Angie's List has plans to let consumers rate their health care providers. The 12-year-old Indianapolis-based company maintains lists of consumer ratings for all kinds of local businesses and services. According to a company press release, the 600,000 Read More...
Medical Misinformation on Network TV
January 29, 2008 12:31 PM by Jill Rollet
A new ripped-from-the-headlines courtroom drama, "Eli Stone," premiers on ABC Thursday night, and in the first episode, our hero (Eli Stone) takes on an evil pharmaceutical company that manufactures children's vaccines. Stone's client is the mother of Read More...


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