Clinical Topics

New measures in understanding patients’ treatment burden

A recent study from Mayo Clinic reveals new insights for healthcare providers in understanding patients’ acceptable threshold in withstanding treatment burden. The study examined 2,413 patients with chronic conditions and used a Treatment Burden Questionnaire,...

New FDA guidelines on risks of smokeless tobacco products

For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized eight Swedish Match USA, Inc. snus smokeless tobacco products to be marketed through the modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) pathway. Recently,...

How the opioid epidemic affects women

Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become such a prominent topic in today’s society that it’s hard to go one day without hearing news about new death statistics or pending litigation issues, but one aspect...

New treatment for cystic fibrosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new “breakthrough therapy” for cystic fibrosis (CF) in late October 2019. The new drug is Vertex Pharmaceutical’s Trikafta (elexacaftor/ivacaftor/tezacaftor), the first triplet combination therapy for patients...

Suggestions to help parents reduce child’s anxiety

The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry released a study in March 2019 that showcases steps parents can take, in addition to standard therapy, to help lower or prevent anxiety...

Longer estrogen exposure improves cognitive function

Based on a new study, postmenopausal women may see improved cognitive function with endogenous estrogen exposure (EEE). The new study from The Journal of North American Menopause Society (NAMS) examined a sample of 2,114 postmenopausal...

Hyperbaric oxygen may relieve radiation cystitis symptoms

A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology may reveal a new way to treat patients with radiation cystitis symptoms. The researchers explored the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to relieve radiation cystitis symptoms for...

A potential change in the diagnosis of diabetes

A new article from Healthline reveals a potential change to the diagnosis of diabetes. Based on a study from Dr. Maria Mercedes Chang Villacreses at the City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute in...

Acute flaccid myelitis: Questions and possible answers

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Researchers are working hard to answer several questions about acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Some recent information seems to be pointing the finger at enterovirus (specifically EV-D68 and...
catching hpv vaccine

Position Statement: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports an intentional and concerted effort to improve human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates—with the goal of ending cancers caused by HPV. All nurse practitioners...

Medications & daily exercise: Potential adverse reactions

One of the most important care suggestions nurses and other healthcare providers may have for their patients is to exercise more. A recent article from Healthline offers insight into some common interactions particular medications...

This week is Healthcare Quality Week!

Healthcare Quality Week (October 20 – 26) is in full swing, and we wish to recognize the importance of this initiative by sharing resources for our visitors to learn more about healthcare quality. Next month,...

Six ways to prevent medication diversion in home care

An article in HomeCare outlines six strategies for preventing medication diversion in the home. Home and hospice care is an integral part of the US healthcare system, but there can be many risks associated with...