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Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream - Online And Distance Learning

Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream - Online And Distance Learning | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream” factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh …
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Virtual Reality Wearables Improve Surgery - About Health Degrees

Virtual Reality Wearables Improve Surgery - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Orthopedic surgeons at the European Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris recently used a head mounted GoPro Dual Hero system during hip surgery to capture a stereotactic 3D video that they could then load into a virtual reality system, such as the Oculus Rift. The whole purpose: to improve the quality of surgical training and make trainees – your future surgeons – better at what they do.

 
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The US military is developing a soft robot suit for soldiers - Online And Distance Learning

The US military is developing a soft robot suit for soldiers - Online And Distance Learning | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

It’s no secret the US military is looking to enhance soldiers of the near-future with the kind of gear and weaponry seen usually in sci-fi (see the TALOS “Iron Man” project as one prime example). But its latest project is based on something more familiar: the human body. As announced today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a $2.9 million contract to researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop a flexible robotic exoskeleton that can be worn by soldiers — and eventually civilians — to make them stronger and more resilient. The suit could even help people with mobility issues and paralysis to move again.

 
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Digital Marketing Is the New House Call — and it’s a Prescription to Cure Hospital Revenue Losses - About Health Degrees

Digital Marketing Is the New House Call — and it’s a Prescription to Cure Hospital Revenue Losses - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

“Admissions are falling as higher insurance rates prompt patients to seek more affordable care outside of hospitals and crimp the demand for elective procedures,” she notes. “That’s left hospitals, clinicals and medical centers — which Kantar Media said spent about $1.8 billion on U.S. measured media last year — scrambling for ways to attract revenue-generating patients while also controlling spending.”

Many are turning to search, mobile, and social for cost-effective marketing that reaches the growing number of consumers who look online for health-care information.

 
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Targeted drugs among successes against cancer, says new report - About Health Degrees

Targeted drugs among successes against cancer, says new report - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The Food and Drug Administration approved six new anticancer drugs in the past year and allowed new uses for five existing anticancer therapeutics, the report said. The new drugs were approved to treat certain types of stomach cancer, thyroid cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, melanoma, lung cancer and breast cancer.

Dr. Tomasz Beer, deputy director of the Knight Cancer Center at Oregon Health and Science University, said it was particularly interesting that only one of the six newly approved therapies was a chemotherapy drug.

“I think the public may not know that cancer therapy is not just chemotherapy anymore,” Beer said. “What’s new now is focusing on biologic agents that are targeted, and immunotherapy agents. What you’re seeing in this report is a sign of what’s to come.”

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Start Sequencing Tumor Genes at Diagnosis - About Health Degrees

Start Sequencing Tumor Genes at Diagnosis - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Single gene testing just isn’t adequate anymore, especially with the growing numbers of targeted therapies, both currently FDA-approved and in the pipeline. If a lung tumor isn’t being driven by EGFR, then you immediately want to know whether ALK is involved, and if not ALK then what about ROS, MET, PIK3CA, etc. We need to be looking at multiple genes during our diagnostic testing, not just a few select biomarkers.

 
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3 Ways Technology is Transforming Care Management - About Health Degrees

3 Ways Technology is Transforming Care Management - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that the current healthcare system isn’t working. Though well-intentioned, the original model was not built for today’s complex healthcare environment where fragmentation and integration co-exist. Private practice physicians proliferated. As a result, the centralized communication needed to deliver a holistic perspective of the patient’s care that would have managed rising costs, improved patient utilization and provided optional health outcomes was never met. While the objectives of care management remain the same today, the strategy and execution of care management are undergoing a dramatic transformation powered by technology.

This article provides a summary of three key dimensions at the heart of this metamorphosis ...

 
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Wearable tracker for Parkinson’s disease gets FDA nod - About Health Degrees

Wearable tracker for Parkinson’s disease gets FDA nod - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Yet another clinically-focused, activity tracking wearable has now been cleared by the FDA, this one aimed specifically at the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Personal KinetiGraph, from Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporation, “offers comprehensive, automated reporting of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s movements so that neurologists and other physicians can more easily identify changes in movement symptoms to assist in decisions to optimize therapy,” according to the company.

 
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Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich - About Health Degrees

Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Through the power of technology, humans are set to take on the role of Intelligent Designer. We can upgrade ourselves and surmount evolution. Ultimately, we can become entirely new beings that set the stage for a posthuman future.

The scenario has played out for decades in science fiction but the prospect is raised more seriously by Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli historian, in his latest book, Sapiens. In it he sees trouble ahead. The latest human enhancements will be accessible only to the rich, leading to a 21st-century society more unequal than any that came before.

 
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As Ebola closes schools in Africa, how do we help children learn? - Online And Distance Learning

As Ebola closes schools in Africa, how do we help children learn? - Online And Distance Learning | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

In response to the growing threat of Ebola across west Africa, the governments of Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have closed their schools. The closures are only temporary, but that could change if the spread of the virus continues and accelerates.

Many of the Ebola impacted nations were already struggling to provide education for children who had missed years of schooling because of poverty or civil war. The problem of lost time will be compounded: the health crisis is putting on hold teacher training, school constructions, curriculum reviews and the delivery of textbooks – to name just a few issues raised by the crisis.

 
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Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Heart Failure? - About Health Degrees

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Heart Failure? - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Paving the way for future research in improving heart function by stimulating the vagus nerve, a preliminary study showed improvements in heart failure conditions when the nerve was stimulated in test subjects.

“We pooled the results of the left and right side vagus nerve stimulation because there were no major differences in outcomes based on which nerve is stimulated. We saw both improvements in objective measures of heart failure and in subjective measures,” the study’s principal investigator Inder Anand said.

 
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10 Quotes That Will Make You Proud To Be A Nurse

10 Quotes That Will Make You Proud To Be A Nurse | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Will society as a whole ever get to the point where we perceive nurses to be just as integral to a healthcare system as doctors are? Probably not, and that’s a shame. Too often, we get so fixated on comparing one thing to another that we become oblivious to the fact that both are fighting for the same cause. Our obsession for competition distorts our entire understanding and hinders our ability to embrace the bigger picture: they are not working against each other; they are working with each other. In fact, they rely on each another. Without nurses, doctors would not be able to do their jobs – and vice versa. 

Here are 10 nursing quotes from recent blog posts and articles that show the power of nursing.  These quotes have all been gathered from recently written blog posts, rather than famous quotes from historical figures, in an effort to provide a personal touch, and to truly capture the sentiment and pride carried by the nurses who care for us when we need them most. Enjoy.


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Petition: Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria #BringBackOurGirls

Petition: Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria  #BringBackOurGirls | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria – Please RESCUE THEM! #BringBackOurGirls

We continue to show deep concern and support to the families of the abducted girls and give encouragement to all the international support Nigeria is recieving. Hoping, wishing and praying that all efforts being put into rescuing them, ensures their safe return.

In Nigeria, over 200 girls were recently abducted from their boarding school and are reported to be eventually sold as brides for $ 12 each. This petition calls on all World Leaders and enabled parties to rescue them. 

The abducted 200+ girls are victims of an ongoing conflict within Nigeria that they did not create, and their voices need to be heard. We can only imagine what these 200+ girls have been through, and solicit that more effortd be put to save them.

 

http://www.change.org/p/over-200-girls-are-missing-in-nigeria-please-help-find-them-bringbackourgirls

 

 

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DoD and Tech Firms Face Daunting Health-IT Challenge - About Health Degrees

DoD and Tech Firms Face Daunting Health-IT Challenge - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The U.S. government is about to embark on a major information technology program dealing with personal health records. The program is being launched by the U.S. Department of Defense, which issued a request for proposals to health IT providers late last month.

 
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Fibromayalgia, Meditation, and Neuroscience – Working Together To Provide Relief - Natural Medicine Remedies and Therapies

Fibromayalgia, Meditation, and Neuroscience – Working Together To Provide Relief - Natural Medicine Remedies and Therapies | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Fibromyalgia has notable physical symptoms that attack the body: wide-spread pain, chronic fatigue, and notable tender spots in the upper body. Common treatments include physical therapy and medication to help treat the overall symptoms. New studies show that combining neuroscience and meditation may offer a new direction in treating Fibromyalgia.

 
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I am finally learning how this is helping me with my Fibromyalgia :D 

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Nurses need education on advance health care directives - About Health Degrees

Nurses need education on advance health care directives - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

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 October/December Journal of Christian Nursing, official journal of the Nurses Christian Fellowship.

 
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Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in 4 Months, C.D.C. Estimates - About Health Degrees

Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in 4 Months, C.D.C. Estimates - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling.

In the worst-case scenario, Liberia and Sierra Leone could have 21,000 cases of Ebola by Sept. 30 and 1.4 million cases by Jan. 20 if the disease keeps spreading without effective methods to contain it. These figures take into account the fact that many cases go undetected, and estimate that there are actually 2.5 times as many as reported.

 

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Healthcare providers doing a sickly job of providing access to personal health records - About Health Degrees

Healthcare providers doing a sickly job of providing access to personal health records - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Health providers are required to communicate electronically with at least 5 percent of their patients during 2014 or risk losing EHR (electronic health records) incentive money from the federal government.

But according to Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator of health IT under the Department of Health and Human Services, only 30 percent of patients have been given access to the so-called “Blue Button” at their provider’s website, where they can log in and access their patient records. 

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Editing DNA could be genetic medicine breakthrough - About Health Degrees

Editing DNA could be genetic medicine breakthrough - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

A new way to make powerful changes at will to the DNA of humans, other animals and plants, much like how a writer changes words in a story, could usher in a transformation in genetic medicine.

Scientists are not just excited about this recently discovered technique because it can snip and edit DNA with precision. It can also do the job more easily and cheaply than other gene-editing methods, making possible research that has historically been difficult, experts say.

 
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The Klara app lets you send photos of your skin problems to certified dermatologists - About Health Degrees

The Klara app lets you send photos of your skin problems to certified dermatologists - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Yet another clinically-focused, activity tracking wearable has now been cleared by the FDA, this one aimed specifically at the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Personal KinetiGraph, from Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporation, “offers comprehensive, automated reporting of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s movements so that neurologists and other physicians can more easily identify changes in movement symptoms to assist in decisions to optimize therapy,” according to the company.

 
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Stop Googling your health questions - About Health Degrees

Stop Googling your health questions - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

There is an overwhelming quantity of health information generated every day. It’s constantly produced, reproduced and transmitted to public audiences. How can we find and assess the information on a particular topic and determine what we need to know?

Well – preferably not by using Google. Instead, courtesy of the Cochrane Collaboration, you can find reviews on everything from the effects of acupuncture for preventing migraines (probably works) and premenstrual syndrome (may not work), to the usefulness of cranberry juice to treat bladder infections (probably doesn’t work). The hard-working people behind Cochrane even translate their conclusions into “plain language summaries” and podcasts.

 
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Johns Hopkins Panel Concludes Neurostimulation Can Be Life-Changing Therapy for Chronic Pain - About Health Degrees

Johns Hopkins Panel Concludes Neurostimulation Can Be Life-Changing Therapy for Chronic Pain - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Chronic pain, which persists despite the fact that an injury has healed, can last for many months or years and may affect up to 15 percent of the adult population at any point in time. While it is a condition in its own right, it can be a component of other conditions. Neurostimulation, which involves stimulating pain-sensing nerves to convert painful sensations into nonpainful ones, offers a minimally invasive and reversible alternative to medication.

A new report from an international team of experts provides comprehensive information on the safety and effectiveness of this type of treatment for conditions including failed back surgery syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome. More studies are needed for conditions such as peripheral neuropathic pain, postamputation pain and nerve pain from shingles.

 
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Israeli ECG T-shirt monitors hearts, saves lives - About Health Degrees

Israeli ECG T-shirt monitors hearts, saves lives - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

An Israeli company is one of the first in the world to market with a T-shirt that can read a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac irregularities, and other vital signs that could be the key to preventing heart attacks. Speed is the key — data is generated in real time and reaches the doctor immediately, instead of waiting until the next scheduled exam. And you can throw the special T-shirt in the laundry with the rest of your clothes.

HealthWatch debuted its hWear line of 15-lead ECG-sensing garments at the recent annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association. It allows doctors and medical workers to keep track of a heart condition remotely, without having to hook the patient up to a heart-measuring device in a doctor’s office.

 
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FDA awards first approval for customized 3D printed facial device by OPM - About Health Degrees

FDA awards first approval for customized 3D printed facial device by OPM - About Health Degrees | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

3D printing company Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its 3D printed OsteoFab Patient-Specific Facial Device (OPSFD).

OPM’s facial device is the first and only FDA cleared 3D printed polymeric implant for facial indications. The OPSFD will be 3D printed by OPM Biomedical, utilizing the company’s OsteoFab process, which combines laser sintering additive manufacturing technology with the EOSINT P 800 printer and OPM’s polymer poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK) powder formulation to print orthopedic and neurological implants. These implants are biocompatible, mechanically similar to bone, radiolucent, and support bone attachment (i.e. osteoconductive).

 
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Ebola Prevention Challenge | Music For Relief's Fundraiser on CrowdRise

Ebola Prevention Challenge | Music For Relief's Fundraiser on CrowdRise | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

As of August 2014, 2,000 people have been affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. If gone unchecked, these rates are expected to increase and accelerate.

We are partnering with International Medical Corps to provide much needed protective gear to enable health care workers to treat more patients and help stop the spread of Ebola.

Each dollar donated will be matched by an anonymous donor.

About Music for Relief:
Founded by the band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organisation dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation. 

About International Medical Corps:
Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disasters, and disease, by delivering vital health care services and sustainable development projects that focus on training. 

 

https://www.crowdrise.com/ebolachallenge/fundraiser/musicforrelief1

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