Melissa Lu

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Nurse Practitioners Launch Ad Blitz To Lift VA Hurdle

The nation’s nurse practitioners are launching an unprecedented lobbying blitz to build public support for a Department of Veterans Affairs proposal to allow veterans to have direct access to advanced practice registered nurses.<p>The American Association of Nurse Practitioners said its “Veterans …

VA Would Join 21 States Already Lifting Nurse Practitioner Hurdles

A proposal by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to give active and veteran U.S. military personnel direct access to advanced practice registered nurses, including nurse practitioners, comes as an increasing number of states eliminate similar hurdles for patients who want easier access to …

Top VA doc: If there aren’t enough doctors, have nurses treat our vets

In the week since the Department of Veterans Affairs proposed a regulation that would dramatically expand the authority of nurses to treat patients without a doctor’s supervision, supporters and opponents of the change have weighed in with more than 10,000 comments.<p>And the public has 53 more days …

Health Care

Virginia health care: Pay by the month, get unlimited visits

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In January, Dr. Maura McLaughlin started a new type of primary care practice in central Virginia. Instead of getting payments …

Health Care

Humans Hunted Mastodon in Florida Nearly 15,000 Years Ago

The discovery of ancient artifacts and mastodon bones in a submerged sinkhole shows that humans first inhabited the southeastern corner of North …

Are You Ready for Life’s Big Changes?

HEIDI RASMUSSEN HAD AN INKLING that she might not survive the upcoming round of layoffs at the large retail company where she'd worked for 27 years. But when the pink slip arrived—while she was out of the country for her mother-in-law’s memorial service—it still caught her off guard. "I had totally …

Saving a new mother from death almost made me quit as a nurse

When a patient haemorrhaged after giving birth I realised I could make the difference between life and death – and dread set in<p>Sometimes women bleed after having a baby, I was told in my orientation sessions. Some blood loss is normal, they said, but may require quick action and medication. …

February 2016

Nurses Say Stress Interferes With Caring For Their Patients

Jordin Purcell-Riess has worked as a registered nurse at the emergency department at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn., for three years. She describes her workplace as phones going off, voices everywhere, every room full. "You look around and the hallways are full of patients on stretchers; …

Museum of Lost Objects: The Temple of Bel

<b>Few of the excesses of the group that calls itself Islamic State have transfixed the outside world as much as its destruction of Palmyra, the ancient desert oasis city in central Syria. Palmyra's remarkable 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel was demolished in August 2015.</b><p>It looked in many ways like a …

Palmyra

9 Brilliant Ways to Use Canned Tuna

Go beyond the classic tuna salad.<p>From pasta to pizza, here are nine terrific ways to use the pantry staple.<p>Canned tuna is excellent for quick, …

Irish DNA originated in Middle East and eastern Europe

Genome analysis shows mass migration of Stone Age farmers from Fertile Crescent and Bronze Age settlers from eastern Europe was foundation of Celtic population<p>Scientists from Dublin and Belfast have looked deep into Ireland’s early history to discover a still-familiar pattern of migration: of stone …

Anthropology

Why Desperation Pies Are Making a Comeback

The salt and vinegar chip-flavored pie was once made when fresh fruit wasn't in season. Now it's back on the menu.<p>When James Beard Award-winning chef <b>Chris Shepherd</b> was putting together the menu for Underbelly, his Houston restaurant, he ran into a dessert quandary. He wanted a sweet tart that used …

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany<p>Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia<p>Valle de Cocora: Quindío, Colombia<p>Mendenhall Ice Caves: Juneau, Alaska<p>Angel …

The Fast Food Restaurants You Should Be Watching in 2015

Fast food doesn't just mean McDonald's and Burger King anymore. Here are the new chains you should be paying attention to.<p>It may be challenging to think about McDonald’s outside the incessant all-day-breakfast chatter right now, but allow us to put things in some context. Frankly, McDonald’s is in …

Sights and Bites: What to Eat While Touring Tokyo, Japan

With a cultural map in one hand and a culinary compass in the other, savor the treasured sights, then seek the local bites.<p>From day to night, culture and cuisine come together in tantalizing <b>Tokyo</b>. As you experience stunning shrines and bustling markets, bright lights and big-city skyscrapers, take …

How To Use a Coffee Press

A step-by-step video<p>Starbucks® partner Chad Moore explains why the coffee press is his favorite brewing method, and shows you how to make a great cup.<p>…

Coffee

Plant-Based. Meat-Minimal. Vegetable-Forward. 16 Recipes That Are Kinda Sorta Not Really Vegetarian

Where's the beef? These plant-based recipes treat meat as a condiment, not the main event.<p><b>These days, it seems like everyone's eating less meat.</b> But we still have fierce allegiances to our pork products, our beef, our chicken, and our charcuterie. The solution: plant-based recipes that treat meat …

Cooking

If You Care About Your Coffee, Then You Should Know How to Store It

So you treated yourself to a great bag of beans. Now, how do you store them to make sure they stay as fresh and awesome as possible for as long as possible?<p>If you're shelling out 20 bucks for a haute bag of beans, you should at least know how to store them. Better beans, stored correctly, make …

It's a Family Affair (Even if You're Not Blood-Related) at Seattle's Oriental Mart

Oriental Mart in Seattle serves the exact kind of food you're looking for. Trust us.<p><i>Welcome to Out of the Kitchen, our ongoing exploration of the relationships that build and sustain the food industry. This year, we’re traveling the country to look at the changing landscape of food markets.</i> …

Stone’s Throw

Geologists tend to notice when rocks, especially big ones, are out of place. A few years ago, a group of researchers working in the Cape Verde islands, off West Africa, made a particularly jarring discovery—elephant-sized chunks of basalt and limestone that had formed at sea level and somehow ended …

Sea Level

The Ancient Civilization With Perfect Teeth

Two surprising findings from new imagery of ancient human remains from Pompeii<p>It was with a force greater than an atom bomb that Mount Vesuvius erupted and blotted out Pompeii in 79 A.D.<p>Or, not blotted out, exactly.<p>The city’s destruction, and the thing that has kept Pompeii so fascinating over the …

Archaeology

How to Make the Best Smash Burger Ever

Our editor in chief's idea of a perfect burger is simple, and all you need is a skillet.<p>If you're wondering what to prepare for your dinner guests this month, read my lips: Make burgers.<p>I know what you're thinking: <i>But don't I have to make something that will impress my friends?</i> …

How Scott Walker became an asterisk

From presumed front-runner to quitter, Walker’s fall was fast.<p>Before there was Donald Trump or Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, there was Scott Walker — a defiant outsider who portrayed himself as the regular-guy champion of the GOP’s burn-the-Beltway base.<p>After a promising start last winter, the …

How to Make the Grain Bowl of Your Lunchtime Dreams

Still searching for the tricks needed to get your grain bowl to taste as great as the one at your favorite little luncheonette? Search no more.<p>These days, it seems like <b>Instagram-ready grain bowls</b> are popping up everywhere at spots like Egg Shop in NYC and Baker Miller in Chicago. Still searching …

Healthy Eating

3 No-Cook Pasta Sauces You Should Have Up Your Sleeve at All Times

Three simple pasta sauces that come together in minutes, with zero stove time? Sign us up.<p>Skip the stove and toss together one of these three pasta crowd pleasers. They're not just simple, quick, and endlessly customizable: They're about to become your new favorite ways to top linguine, …

The Mothers of All Disasters

Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.<p>For years before Hurricane Katrina, storm experts warned that a big hurricane would inundate the Big Easy. Reporters …

The Village That Will Be Swept Away

Residents of Newtok, Alaska, voted to relocate as erosion destroyed their land. That was the easy part.<p>NEWTOK, Alaska—Two decades ago, the people of this tiny village came to terms with what had become increasingly obvious: They could no longer fight back the rising waters.<p>Their homes perched on a …