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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.

Sickle cell, silent strokes, and galvanizing nurses

Sickle cell, silent strokes, and galvanizing nurses

Some children already suffering sickle cell disease may find themselves at risk for yet another malady: "silent strokes." Researchers found those children with a combination of sickle cell, high blood pressure, and the anemia inherent with sickle cell were more vulnerable to this dangerous, sympt

African American patients exhibit higher COPD readmission rates

When patients leave a health care facility, everyone hopes it will be for the last time, as they go on to lead a healthy life. But for some African Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), their return visits might necessitate a revolving door.

Mobility limitations in African Americans linked to depressive symptoms

Mobility limitations in African Americans linked to depressive symptoms

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has led a study displaying a relation between demographic health issues and mobility limitation. Researchers found that depressed African American women had almost three times the odds of mobility limitations than those who are not depressed.

World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero

World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero

On December 1 each year, you will find countries around the world commemorating World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the spreading of HIV infection. Each year, a theme is chosen for the campaign by UNAIDS.

Health care workers at risk

Health care workers at risk

According to a recent study done by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers are now doing their best to implement safety measures for nurses when administering toxic drugs, such as chemotherapy.

Mentors / Mentoring

The perceptions of minority workers in the health care field still vary, according to a recent national report by Witt/Kieffer, an executive search firm specializing in health care and higher education.

Parental support for first-generation college students

For incoming freshmen, attending college can feel like entering a maze. But for first-generation students, that maze can have added twists and turns, as they may not have a role model or rule book to follow when starting out as a first-year student. 

Overeating may double odds of memory loss in elderly

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has recently performed a study that suggests overeating may double the risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—also referred to as memory loss—for people over the age of 70.

Something to smile about

Something to smile about

A company famous for rolling back prices, Wal-Mart is now garnering attention for ramping up its philanthropic spending, as it recently donated $9.5 million toward promoting healthy eating.


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