Community/ Public / Population Health

September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

Author: Amy L. Marinski, MSN, RN, CNL, CIC, and Holly Taggart, BSN, RN, CIC

Over the past decade, one family of multidrug-resistant organisms, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), has become increasingly resistant to lifesaving antibiotics. While CRE infection poses little threat to healthy persons, it can be deadly for at-risk patients and people requiring healthcare services.

First reported in the United States in . . .

April 2015 Vol. 10 No. 4

Author: Stefan Rowniak RN, FNP, PhD

There is much to celebrate in the battle against acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is increasing life expectancy of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection to near normal levels. Even more optimistic news was reported at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. Studies presented . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Juanita Ebert Brand, EdD, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC; Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, CNE, RRT; Virginia A. Caine, MD; and Shandy Dearth, MPh

Ebola… the word conjures up the thoughts of dark, steamy jungles and grim healthcare providers working feverishly in primitive conditions to battle a deadly—yet geographically isolated—disease. Today, we see Ebola in a different light as patients return from abroad for treatment and we hear of the first case . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Susan Parsons, PhD, RN

Approximately half of American adults have periodontal disease—a chronic inflammatory disease affecting gum tissue and supporting teeth. Longstanding untreated periodontal infections are linked to overall health issues. Especially in older adults, these infections and other oral health problems can lead to poor general health and pain. Pain and inability . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report on global antibiotic resistance, which according to the accompanying press release, “is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.” Read more
and access the full report . . .

January 2014 Vol. 9 No. 1

Author: Jeanne Drouillard, BSN, MA, RN, NE-BC, and Sandra Sutter, BSN, RN

According to a study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the widespread use of fever reducing medications may lead to more cases of, and deaths from, influenza. The reason is that fever can help decrease the amount of virus in an ill person’s body. Read the study abstract . . .

January 2014 Vol. 9 No. 1

Author: Jeanne Drouillard, BSN, MA, RN, NE-BC, and Sandra Sutter, BSN, RN

A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that children’s consumption of fast food is only a small part of a much more pervasive pattern that includes few fruits and vegetables and an over-reliance of processed food and sugar-sweetened beverages. Read more and read the . . .

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