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Helene Fuld Health Trust awards scholarship grant for nursing graduate students

During a 10-month teaching assignment in Cairo last year, recent college graduate Zoey Przekurat started to lose her hair. But it wasn’t from the stress of managing an elementary school classroom.

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.

Like many students in the Graduate Entry Nursing Program, McGowan hopes to continue her education beyond her MN; she’d like to earn a degree that allows her to become a nurse anesthetist.

“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.


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CWRU scientist at nursing school to lead new gene-modifying cystic fibrosis research

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.


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Skin-to-skin 'kangaroo' infant care tied to better survival

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.


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How to create a sleep schedule

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.


Allison Webel

How HIV became a treatable, chronic disease‌

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.

Read more from Allison Webel, PhD on The Conversation.


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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.


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CWRU wins NIH grant to help families make health-care decisions with avatar-based software

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.