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Why International Experience is Essential for Nurses

Learning about diverse people, cultures, belief systems, and worldviews is essential for nurses to be effective in a people-centered profession. …

Study: Exposure to bullying related to psychiatric treatment in adulthood

Being bullied as an 8-year-old increases the risk of psychiatric diagnoses in adulthood including major depression, according to a recent large study …

There may be a way to 'turn off' chronic diseases with electricity — and it could be the future of medicine

We might not be as far from this reality as you think.<p>Normally, our nervous systems send signals to our tissues and organs to suppress inflammation, a phenomenon known as the inflammatory reflex. But sometimes, this system gets out of whack, and can even result in diseases like rheumatoid arthritis …

Chronic Disease

How Yoga Can Cure Sinus Pain

Recently I suffered from a sinus and double ear infection that left me shattered and huddled in a dark room reminiscing about how pleasant natural childbirth had been. I tried Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Sudafed, and ritualistic sacrifices, but nothing eased my suffering. I made the rather inconvenient …

Sinusitis

Sleep Well At Every Age

<i>By Madeline Vann, MPH</i><p><i>Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, M.D.</i><p>Sleep patterns often change with age, even though little has changed but the increasing number of candles on your cake. You might get tired early, wake up early, and feel like napping in the afternoon -- and worry that you aren't …

New Vaccine Beats Malaria in Early Trials

Reporting in <i>Science</i>, researchers write of an intravenous vaccine that offered complete protection against malaria in a small clinical trial — but only after five doses. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses steps needed to turn this early …

Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be 'Fixed'

Hearing people often assume that Deaf people would naturally want to take advantage of any method that could lead them to the hearing world — especially cochlear implants, the most advanced hearing technology we have. In reality, that assumption is far from true.<p>When the police showed up, there …

No, We Are Not Just Nurses!

I started out in a busy oncology unit in a Philadelphia Hospital as a student nurse eight years ago. Since then, I have worked in almost every specialty from ambulatory care to women's health in the course of my nursing career. I did want to become a doctor and -- not "but" -- went to nursing …

Sea Level

Mock scenarios featuring actors bring realism to URI’s nursing simulation classrooms

<b>KINGSTON, RI, November 3, 2016</b> — The young woman cradling the bundled-up baby at the back of the room appears anxious and standoffish. The two dozen …

College & University

Cancer scientists find way to halt spread of the disease by making cells 'literally get stuck'

Scientists have discovered that existing drugs can make cancer cells “literally just get stuck”, preventing them from spreading throughout the …

Cancer

One of our main systems of preventing cancer is misleading and misunderstood

Hiking high up on Mount Rainier, in Washington, where the snow reflects light onto one's face from all directions and the frigid air keeps skin numb to the injury, I put on SPF 100 at dawn and didn't think about it again.<p>The next morning I was so inflamed it hurt to smile.<p>To understand why people …

Skin Care

Gene therapy could prevent Alzheimer's, study suggests

A genetic treatment that delivers a virus to a gene in the brain could be used treat early-stage Alzheimer's disease, says research published in the …

Report: More men entering nursing profession

More men are pursuing nursing careers, according to a new study. The proportion of male registered nurses has more than tripled from 1970 to 2011, the study finds.<p>A growing number of men are joining the ranks of nursing, finds a study that takes the pulse of a predominantly female profession.<p>The …

Why Be a Nurse?

As a professor at a major research university, I am in a position to keep abreast of career trends. I see many of my students seek high-paying jobs in finance and consulting; I see others apply to law school, medical school, and competitive internships. But I have also noted a new trend that …

'The American Nurse' Celebrates Unsung Healing Heroes on the Frontlines of Health Care

Photographer Carolyn Jones, inspired by the woman who nursed her though chemotherapy for breast cancer, traveled the country in 2012 to interview 110 …

New York City

Virtual patients help nursing students learn

Nursing students at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J., are learning valuable skills from virtual patients.<p>The online virtual clinical …

Why Is the U.S. Perpetually Short of Nurses?

There is an outcry in the United States that we’re facing an urgent nurse deficit that threatens the safety of individual patients and the nation’s health as a whole. Consider arguments from two <i>Times</i> editorials. “The nationwide shortage of nurses is likely to reach crisis proportions.... There is …

Health Care

Why I love my nursing job: a personal look at the profession

Seven nurses working in different sectors share their thoughts on what makes a career as a nurse so special<p><b>Linda Phillips</b><p><b>Community learning disability nurse in Llanelli, Wales</b><p>In 2012, Phillips was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse for her commitment to excellent patient care. She manages a …

Radiation Therapy