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Pediatric NPs Set Record at NAPNAP Conference
April 16, 2010 9:31 AM by Michelle Perron
I'm here at the annual conference of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), where pediatric NPs have set a new record for conference attendance. About 1,500 pediatric NPs are here in Chicago to network, earn CE credits and Read More...
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Reiki in the Hospital
March 24, 2010 11:25 AM by Jennifer Ford
Talk about holistic health - now nurses and nurse practitioners are providing Reiki treatments, a spiritual stress-relief and healing practice developed in Japan, in hospitals. " A healing energy? Now in hospitals, Reiki musters critics and fans ," an Read More...
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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...
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Another Look at Mental Health
February 10, 2010 9:32 AM by Michelle Perron
The American Psychiatric Association is hard at work on an update to the authoritative reference known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . The new version (DSM-V) is scheduled to be published in May 2013, and the association Read More...
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Will You Get the H1N1 Vaccine?
August 31, 2009 1:35 PM by Jennifer Ford
The H1N1 virus spreads quickly and could seriously tax our healthcare system this year. Healthcare workers are among the high-priority populations for the vaccine. MSNBC published an article today titled " C'mon, health workers, get your swine flu shots. Read More...
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A Solution to Rising Obesity?
August 27, 2009 2:14 PM by Jill Rollet
In response to a survey on treating obesity that ADVANCE ran online in June, 21% of NPs told us they believe the primary reason patients find it difficult to lose weight is lack of exercise. That response was second only to "availability of quick, inexpensive, Read More...
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HR2350 Includes NPs in Medical Home
June 4, 2009 10:31 AM by Jennifer Ford
On May 12, Representative Allyson Schwartz from Pa. introduced, with 106 cosponsors, the Preserving Patient Access to Primary Care Act of 2009. The bill aims to increase primary care access for patients and includes nurse practitioners as leaders of patient-centered Read More...
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Patients Saving by Not Filling Rx
April 8, 2009 4:05 PM by Jennifer Ford
According to data published by Wolters Kluwer Health, patients are increasingly declining to fill their prescriptions as their wallets become thinner. The Wall Street Journal reported these findings today, showing that 6.8% of patients did not fill their Read More...
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Will Cigarette Taxes Curb Smoking?
March 16, 2009 9:48 AM by Jennifer Ford
A new tobacco tax scheduled to go into effect April 1 will cost smokers about $1 more per pack. Those interested in helping Americans quit smoking say that the extra cost will naturally keep some from buying cigarettes and therefore decrease overall health Read More...
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Sleep. It's Good Medicine!
January 13, 2009 11:30 AM by Michelle Perron
It seems that study after study is demonstrating the value of a good night’s sleep. The most recent one was published in the Jan. 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine and reported widely in media outlets today. Sheldon Cohen, a psychology professor Read More...
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NP Organizes Marathon Walk for Wellness
January 8, 2009 9:24 AM by Jennifer Ford
Nurse practitioner Patti Iversen resolved to get back into shape in 2009, and she's taking her community with her. 55-year-old Iversen, from Sidney, Montana, decided to train to walk a half marathon and has organized a "Walking for Wellness" day to complete Read More...
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Have You Gotten a Flu Shot?
December 5, 2008 12:46 PM by Jennifer Ford
With a busy and sometimes stressful holiday season upon us, the last thing some think about is their health, though NPs and other health care providers often remind the public to be vigilant of their health, especially during flu season. Yet, ironically, Read More...
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ACNP Conference in Nashville
October 30, 2008 6:43 PM by Jennifer Ford
I'm writing from Nashville, Tennessee, also known as Music City, site of the 2008 American College of Nurse Practitioners National Clinical Conference. Over 1,200 registrants showed for this five-day event, and almost all sessions conducted today were Read More...
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NP's Book Tackles Obesity
September 18, 2008 4:11 PM by Jennifer Ford
Here is a quick kudos to an NP using her experience as a patient educator to reach out via the written word: Nurse practitioner Teresa Blanc of Kansas has written a book about lifestyle changes to combat obesity. The book, Beat Obesity: You Can if You Read More...
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Well-Person Retail Clinics
April 7, 2008 3:24 PM by Jennifer Ford
Here's an interesting twist on retail clinics: well-visit-only clinics, focusing on preventive care. This could be a great opportunity for NPs if it starts to take off. See this Wall Street Journal blog post . WellnessMart, owned and operated by a physician Read More...
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