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Internet to Provide Health Care Information to Hispanics

Because the number of Hispanics with access to the Internet continues to increase several times faster than for any other minority group, providing health care information online is quickly becoming an effective way to reach Spanish speaking health consumers.

UAB Receives Grant to Study Diabetes Self-Care Among Black, Caucasian Teens

The National Institute of Nursing Research has given the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) a four-year, $1.3 million grant to study how parents should encourage responsible self-care in adolescents with chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

Health and Medical Scholars Program Aids Minority Nurses

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/The College Fund Health and Medical Scholars Program are helping the next generation of nurses from minority communities reach their dreams.

Senior Citizens At Risk for Untreated Asthma

Many elderly people have moderate or severe asthma that has been underdiagnosed or undertreated, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University.

“Talking” Medicine Bottle Labels Help Improve Health Literacy

Persons who speak little or no English, have low literacy skills or are visually impaired can face formidable barriers to accessing important written health care information, such as the labels on prescription bottles.

New “Two-in-One” Diabetes Drug Works Twice as Hard

“It Takes Two” is the title of a song that was a big hit for the dynamic duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell back in the Sixties. It’s also the concept behind an exciting new advance in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S.

TTY Number Helps Hearing-Impaired Nurses Get Connected With Domestic Violence Information

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 37% of all women who seek care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were hurt by a current or former spouse or partner.

New Evidence Confirms the Value of Routine Osteoporosis Screening

Is routine bone density testing for women age 65 and older really an effective tool for preventing osteoporosis, the bone-weakening disease that is especially common in women of Asian descent?

Philippine Nurse Receives First DAISY Award in Neuroscience

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and The Foundation for the Elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System (DAISY) recently honored Cedars-Sinai’s neuroscience nursing staff with the inauguration of the hospital’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses program.

UAB Receives Grant to Study Diabetes Self-Care Among Black, Caucasian Teens

The National Institute of Nursing Research has given the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) a four-year, $1.3 million grant to study how parents should encourage responsible self-care in adolescents with chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

Coloring Books Inspire Future Minority Nurses

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for RNs will experience faster-than-average growth through 2006, with job opportunities increasing by 21% in nursing, compared to 14% for all other occupations.

African-American Nurses Honored at “Color of Care” Awards Reception

Exemplary black nurses and organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of nursing in such areas as education and military service, philanthropy and health equity and civil rights and organizational development were recently honored...

Historically Black Nursing School Receives Over $1 Million to Address Nursing Shortage

By the year 2010, more than 40% of the nursing work force will be over the age of 50 and by the year 2020, the demand for nurses will exceed the supply by 20%, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Book Reviews: 2001

Book review of The Mentor Connection in Nursing, by Connie Vance

African Americans Missing Out on Stroke Treatment

African-American men and women, who are at a greater risk for strokes and are more likely to die from them than any other racial or ethnic group, face a racial gap in receiving new stroke treatments, according to studies by the American Heart Association.

Mobile Mammograms Serve AI/NA Women

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently launched a new digital mammography unit, the Mobile Breast Care Center (MBCC), which will improve access to mammography services for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women.

Overweight Characters on TV Shows Popular with African Americans

A new study released by the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital finds TV shows geared toward African-American audiences have more overweight characters and 60% more food commercials than shows that attract a general audience.

African-American Women, Medicaid Moms, Receive Fewer Anesthesia Options

Ethnicity and insurance coverage may determine the kind of anesthesia a woman receives during labor, according to a recent study at the University of New York at Buffalo.

New Medicare Rules Help Nurses Fight the Flu

Influenza and pneumonia season is here again, and that means an estimated 18,000 to 36,000 Americans age 65 and older are at especially high risk of dying from these illnesses this winter.

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