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Older people may have an increased risk of memory problems after being discharged from the hospital, according to a study published online March 21 in Neurology. Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., of Rush University in Chicago, and colleagues analyzed longitudinal data on 1,870 older, community-dwelling residents. Participants were interviewed at three-year intervals for up to 12 years. The interviews included a set of brief cognitive tests from which measures of global cognition, episodic memory, and executive function were extracted. Hospitalization information was obtained from Medicare records.

Read More: DoctorsLounge (3/21)

A fresh look at past studies suggests kids who live with a smoker are more likely to wheeze or get asthma, providing more evidence for the link between secondhand smoke and breathing problems. Researchers found that the biggest effect on wheeze and asthma symptoms was seen in babies and toddlers whose moms smoked while they were pregnant or soon after kids were born.

Read More: Reuters Health (3/21)

Most sinus infections are caused by viruses rather than bacteria and shouldn’t be treated with antibiotics — a common practice that contributes to the development of drug-resistant “superbugs,” according to new guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The  guidelines, which also include new recommendations for treating bacterial infections, are the first issued  by the society, which represents specialists in infectious disease. A panel that developed them included experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Physicians.

Read More: The Wall Street Journal Health Blog (3/21)

Nurses who reported better working conditions in hospitals and less likelihood of leaving also had patients who were more satisfied with their hospital stay and rated their hospitals more highly, according to an international study. The study encompassed 13 countries, surveying 61,168 bedside nurses and 131,318 patients in more than 1,000 hospitals over three years. It found that in those hospitals with better work environments and fewer patients per nurse, patients and nurses both reported higher standards of care and greater satisfaction.

Read More: Nurse.com (3/21)

The American Nurses Association (ANA) wants to notify occupational health nurses to look for a survey this spring or summer on respiratory protection, and urges you to respond. ANA is counting on you and your participation. Your perspectives on respiratory protection will help inform our future work.

Read More: Nursing World (3/20)

Providence Registered Nurses (PRN) Local Leaders Elected!

During the General Membership Meeting Thursday the election results were announced…..We are fortunate to have  [Read More... ]

The American Nurses Association would like to thank its website visitors who participated in the February 2012 "Have Your Say" online poll. The poll asked respondents to describe their seniority within their current employer’s work setting.

Read More: Nursing World (3/8)

Only 21% of children allergic to penicillin had additional drug allergies, according to an analysis of 778 medical records involving patients younger than 18. Researchers also found that 23% of those who were negative for penicillin allergy had multiple drug allergies. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting.

Read More: HealthDay News (3/7)

After months of pressure from consumer, public health and concerned parents' organizations, Campbell's Soup Company announced on a recent earnings call that it will phase out the use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings. However, the company did not provide a timeline or identify what alternative can-lining materials it will use.

Read More: Breast Cancer Fund (3/6)

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This month’s winner of the drawing at the PRN General Membership meeting was Lorayne Embretson. Providence Registered Nurse general membership meetings are the third Thursday each month at the AaNA offices  [Read More... ]

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