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Meeting the mental health needs of all is critical. THE WORLD IS HURTING in ways that are visible and, so often, invisible. According to 2017 federal data, an estimated 46.6 million U.S. adults (nearly 19%)...
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Protected: CRE: Not your average multidrug-resistant organisms

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...

Ending AIDS: Safe sex is still key despite medical advances

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...

Ebola is here: Knowledge, identification, and appropriate infection control are key

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...

The mouth in the mirror: Assessing your patient’s oral health

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...

How do nurses measure up? A first look at results of ANA’s HealthyNurse™ Health...

Gain insight into nurses’ health practices and obtain feedback on your own health.

Reaching the end game: Total population health

Our editor-in-chief discusses the importance of population health.

WHO says antibiotic resistance is global threat

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...

Caring for patients with metabolic syndrome

A precursor to serious complications, this dangerous condition is on the rise among Americans.

Fever-reducing drugs may help spread flu

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...

Study: Fast foods not the major cause of rising childhood obesity

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...

Study: 8 million lives saved during years since Surgeon General Report on smoking

In the 50 years since the first Surgeon General Report on smoking (in 1964) 8 million premature deaths have been avoided, according to a study in JAMA. Read more.

Study: Despite increased resources, US lags in health outcomes

A study in JAMA reports that despite increased resources for health care, the US lags behind other peer nations in many areas, including life expectancy at birth. Read more.