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Ethnicity and health outcomes

Ethnicity and health outcomes

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health have illustrated how physical health outcomes within the black population vary based on environment.

Una nueva herramienta móvil

Una nueva herramienta móvil

The Spanish-language version of the all-purpose government portal is now even more accessible at

It's a bird! It’s a plane! It's SuperNurse!

They jump into action when lives are on the line. They fearlessly face death and danger. They have to change into a special outfit before they can do their duty. While these behaviors sound a lot like a comic book superhero, all of these descriptions are true of nurses too.

Approaching cancer step-by-step

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Duke University seem to have found a preferable approach to discussing treatment options with cancer patients.

Understanding health disparities in Indiana

When discussing economic disparities, urban centers often come to mind, and rightfully so, as a greater concentration of people tends to yield more socioeconomic disparities.

"Addicted" to food?

People may joke about their "addiction" to chocolate or potato chips, but for people struggling with obesity, it's no laughing matter. In fact, efforts in the past several years to link obesity with a physical addiction to food have garnered a great deal of attention.

Compression socks help reduce swelling for nurses

As a nurse, you know what it’s like to be on your feet all day. According to a recent study sponsored by SIGVARIS, maker of compression therapy leg ware, wearing compression socks can reduce pain and swelling during long shifts. The Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr.

Class on the water

Class on the water

During the 2011 National Nurses Week, a week the American Nurses Association honors every year from National Nurses Day, May 6, to Florence Nightingale's birthday, May 11, four nursing students were given the opportunity to travel to Sierra Leone to work on a field mission for Mercy Ships.

Lunchbox heroes: they don't want candy

As a partnership between the Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago Public Schools, the Office of Minority Health, and the U.S.

Black churches and safe sex education

African Americans are becoming infected with HIV/AIDS more than ever before, comprising nearly 50% of all AIDS diagnoses in 2009, despite representing just over 12% of the U.S. population.

One of the brightest Lone Stars

Texas is a big state with a big population. To be singled out as one of the most powerful and influential people in the Lone Star state is quite an achievement, and it's one that Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., can now celebrate.

Spotlight on the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program

We always thought the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program was a great initiative, and now it's clear that industry heavyweight Johnson & Johnson thinks so too.

Caught by a nose

In the fight against cancer, so often the disease seems to be one-step ahead of researchers and health care providers. And anything that gives health professionals an advantage—advanced patient screenings, genetic indicators, etc.—is an important part of the battle.

Healthier kids' meals

Child obesity is more of a problem in the United States today than it was a decade ago.

Taking PRIDE in their work

The Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky, is launching a new campaign to increase diversity in nursing. The PRIDE Program has a good acronym for an even better cause: Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education.

2011 Living Legends

On August 25, 2011 the American Academy of Nursing announced their 2011 Living Legends. The Academy’s highest recognition honored five nurses this year for their notable accomplishments and contributions to nursing in practice, research, and education.

Antiretroviral drugs reducing the spread of HIV in heterosexuals

According to HealthDay News, two recent studies in Africa have shown antiretroviral drugs are effective in preventing the spread of HIV in heterosexuals. The trials were conducted by the U.S.

When premies grow up

This month, researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing will present their latest findings from a 23-year-long study of premature infants, the longest running study of its kind in the United States, at the Congress of the European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology at the U

Duke University creates the next generation of minority nurses

This past summer, 10 college seniors took part in Making a Difference in Nursing II Scholars (MADIN II), spending six weeks at Duke University School of Nursing.


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