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The transition of neonates discharged from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) dependent on medical technology may be complicated by the need for continued complex care and increased use of healthcare services, according to research presented at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' 37th National Conference in Atlanta.
Valerie Boebel Toly, PhD, RN, CPNP, assistant professor, and colleagues conducted a retrospective chart review of 71 neonates at a level III NICU and NICU transitional care center in Cleveland. The charts were reviewed at initial discharge, and descriptive analyses were performed; the researchers gathered data on infants' dependence on medical technology such as supplemental oxygen, feeding tubes, tracheostomy, and mechanical ventilation.
"Technology-dependent neonates require vigilant, complex care and treatment by their parents following discharge," concluded Dr Toly and colleagues. "The period of transition...is a particularly vulnerable period for neonates and their parents."
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Twenty-five percent of the people living with HIV in the United States are female. So are over 50 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. In 1990 only 11 percent of all new AIDS cases were in women. The growth of the HIV epidemic in women has received less attention in the United States than that in men and it's easy to forget that women are still contracting HIV.
The good news is that there is promising evidence on a new female-controlled HIV prevention method, a vaginal ring that releases an antiretroviral drug . Released a few weeks ago, it has reignited the conversation about women and HIV. If it lives up to its promise, this new method should help to overcome many barriers that have led to HIV infection among women. However, it cannot overcome them all.
HIV prevention is different for women than for men. Deeply embedded social roles, culture, communication and power structures have far too often disadvantaged women, especially women of color.
As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th, we should reflect on these challenges and commit to finding better solutions to help overcome them.
The University Center on Aging and Health accepted the Clark Tibbits Award at the AGHE Annual Conference on March 4.
Pictured: Former Dean May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA; Diana Lynn Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, the Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing and executive director of UCAH; and Camille Beckette Warner, PhD, associate professor.
Nurse scientists win grant to study how videoconferencing helps family members provide long-distance care
Case Western Reserve University nurse scientists will use a $2.37 million federal grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to explore how videoconferencing can help family members who are living apart from loved ones battling cancer become better involved in their treatment.
"Many distance caregivers become distressed over not receiving enough medical information or knowing when is best for them to come home for an in-person visit," said Sara L. Douglas, PhD, RN, assistant dean for research and the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor in Nursing Excellence at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, who will lead the study.
"Videoconferences that connect physicians, nurses, patients, and distant caregivers have the potential to address many of these problems," Douglas added.
Wennerberg Claims UAA Athlete of the Week Honor
Case Western Reserve University junior Annie Wennerberg was named the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for Softball the week of February 29, after helping the Spartans to four wins last weekend. Wennerberg went 3-0 during the weekend with 23 strikeouts in 21.1 innings and a 2.30 earned run average. She led the Spartans to an 2-1 extra-inning win over Marietta College on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out a career-high 10 batters over eight innings of work. She added a win against Emory and Henry on Sunday, striking out eight batters and allowing a pair of runs on six hits during the complete game victory, as the Spartans downed the Wasps 7-2. She earned her third victory of the week later in the day, throwing six innings in a 7-2 win over Marietta.
FPB Welcomes Fulbright Scholar
Fulbright Scholar Dr. Yu-Yun Hsu is visiting the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing from February to August 2016. Dr. Hsu is from Taiwan and her research focus is on neuroscience and sleep. Her mentors are Dr. Michael Decker and Dr. Lisa Damato.
The pollution in the Egyptian capital was so pervasive, Przekurat explained, that it caused many people—even young ones—to begin balding.
Moved by her experiences, Przekurat aspired to a career in health care. She decided to pursue a nursing degree at Case Western Reserve University because of the experience—more than 1,000 hours—she would gain learning to care for patients in nearby facilities.
This new grant targets students pursuing advanced nursing studies after majoring in other disciplines as undergraduates. Przekurat, for example, majored in education at the University of Miami. She ultimately hopes to work in international public health or healthcare administration.
Min Liu, Rachael Garson and Jennifer McGowan also received the scholarship.
“I was very grateful for the help,” McGowan said of receiving the Helene Fuld Health Trust scholarship. “I would hope that what I do with my career and my education at [CWRU] would be something the donors would be proud of, that they could say, ‘I’m glad I contributed to providing an education for someone who became a great nurse.’ ”
The Helene Fuld Health Trust is scheduled to award the grant over three years. Each year, half of the funds awarded will support current-year scholarships for students in the Graduate Entry Nursing Program; the other half will fund an endowment that will provide scholarships in future years.
Read more on The Daily.
A scientist at Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will lead a pair of studies to develop more effective treatment for symptoms of cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.
Rebecca Darrah, assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and assistant director of Case Western Reserve’s Genetic Counseling Training Program, will direct two new studies to learn more about how gene-modifying treatment can be used to minimize the symptoms of CF.
Both research projects will begin in January.
“With these new studies,” Darrah said, “we are hoping to not only develop new treatment strategies that would benefit all CF patients, but also determine the ideal timing for other clinical interventions already in place to help patients with specific mutations.”
Read more on The Daily.
Premature and underweight newborns may have better survival odds if they pass their days with their bare chests nestled directly against their mothers’ breasts, a research review suggests. Researchers focused on a practice known as “kangaroo care,” which the World Health Organization has long encouraged as a way to reduce infant mortality, particularly in developing countries.
Educating clinicians and women about kangaroo care, discouraging swaddling that gets in the way of skin-to-skin contact, and providing mothers with wraps designed to snuggle undressed infants against their chests might help increase the practice, said Susan Ludington, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University and executive director of the U.S. Institute for Kangaroo Care in Cleveland, Ohio.
“If an infant is well enough to be swaddled or dressed, he should be in kangaroo care,” Ludington added.
Read more from Reuters.
When was your last good night’s sleep? Has it been awhile? Dr. Michael Decker from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University stopped by New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 to talk about the importance of having a sleep schedule.
Watch the full video on Fox 8.
It has been almost 35 years since the world was introduced to the term AIDS. In the 1980s, researchers and physicians were trying to understand what was causing waves of strange infections and discovered it was a new virus called the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Since that time, HIV has gone from a death sentence to a manageable chronic disease. Today, it is estimated that 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV every year.
Thanks to treatment advances, people with HIV can and do live long and full lives. And that has led to a challenge that doctors and patients in the 1980s and early 1990s may not have imagined: the aging HIV patient.
Prostate cancer radiation therapy without fatigue? Nursing researcher seeks answers to common side effect
Fatigue from prostate cancer and its treatment can be debilitating.
The symptom, which can’t be relieved with rest, can lead to increased depression, impaired cognitive function, sleep disturbance and health-related quality-of-life issues.
To treat—and ultimately prevent—cancer-related fatigue, Case Western Reserve University cancer researcher Chao-Pin Hsiao will develop and test a novel mechanism of mitochondrial bioenergetics and radiation-induced fatigue using molecular-genetic approaches. The research is supported with a $272,970 grant from National Institute of Nursing Research (K01NR015246).
Read more on The Daily.
A new $2.48 million federal grant will allow researchers at Case Western Reserve University to revise and test the effectiveness of an interactive avatar-based technology that helps users make end-of-life decisions well in advance of an emergency.
Each year, millions of Americans are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), which can trigger a cascade of difficult decisions about treatment and end-of-life care, especially for patients with chronic illnesses. But more than half of ICU patients haven’t documented their end-of-life preferences in any formal way, such as with a living will or medical power of attorney.
“What this does is put their loved ones in very uncomfortable positions,” said Ronald Hickman Jr., an associate professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an acute-care nurse practitioner. “It can be an intimidating situation, so people often default to clinicians and later regret doing so.”
Read more on The Daily.