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Study finds black youth in California targeted by tobacco marketing

Academic researchers, funded by California's Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, found a greater number of menthol cigarette advertising at retailers near high schools with a high African American student population.

Researchers find childhood obesity linked to genetics

Childhood obesity is usually linked to overeating, fast food, and insufficient exercise. Now, researchers have found one more thing to add to the list.

Hospitals promise apologies

It is ethically right for doctors to report their medical mistakes, but they are often hesitant to do so in fear of lawsuits.

New autism research links maternal obesity to diagnosis

About one in 88 children are diagnosed with autism, but it is possible that 10% of affected children will outgrow their diagnosis by the time they are teenagers. April was National Autism Awareness Month, which put a start on new research regarding the causes of the disorder.

Nursing grads in California may get a rude awakening

According to a recent survey, over 40% of newly licensed RNs in California are without work. You may be thinking, "Isn't there a nursing shortage?" By all accounts, that is still the case.

PSA: Hospitals for Humanity looking for nurses

Hospitals For Humanity (HFH) is a registered nonprofit organization with 501(C) 3 status in the United States. The organization provides health care for people living in the least developed countries of the world.

Study finds gender and racial disparities exist in general surgery board certification

According to a report published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, results of a study found that women and minorities going through general surgery training are relatively underrepresented among general surgeons, particular those certified by the America

Cancer rates higher for lesbian, gay, and bisexual community

A study by the Boston University School of Public Health has found a need to create health programs specifically promoting the well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual cancer survivors. The research was lead by Ulrike Boehmer, associate professor of community health sciences.

Spike in maternal opiate use, infant withdrawal

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, and the University of Pittsburgh found maternal opiate use had increased nearly five-fold between 2000–2009.

Study finds more hospital-related infection due to burned-out nurses

Study finds more hospital-related infection due to burned-out nurses

Two kinds of hospital-acquired infections—catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections—have been on the rise, according to a new study.

California hospital ER overcrowding affects area minorities

A University of California, San Francisco study found that California hospitals in areas with large minority populations are more likely to be overcrowded and divert ambulances, delaying timely emergency care.

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Survival after Breast Cancer Remain Despite Similarities in Education, Socioeconomic Status

Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Disparities in survival after breast cancer persisted across racial/ethnic groups even after researchers adjusted for multiple demographics, such as patients’ education and the socioeconomic status of the neighborhood in which they lived, according to data presented at the Fifth

Soaring Diabetes Rates Across the US

Soaring diabetes rates across the US

Rates of diabetes in the United States have skyrocketed over the last two decades according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In 1995, just three states—California, Louisiana, and Mississippi—had a diabetes prevalence rate of 6% or higher.

Minorities Most Likely to Have Aggressive Tumors, Less Likely to Get Radiation

Minorities Most Likely to Have Aggressive Tumor

Women with aggressive breast cancer were more likely to receive adjuvant chemotherapy, but at the expense of completing locoregional radiation therapy, according to recently presented data.

New Nursing Documentary Premieres at ANCC National Magnet Conference

nursing documentary

“NURSES: If Florence Could See Us Now” made its debut at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Los Angeles on October 11, 2012.

Patients Using Herbal Therapies Are at Risk for Drug Interactions

Nearly half of all women over 65 use herbal therapies to prevent or treat health problems, but they rarely inform their health care providers, according to a new University of Florida study.Wome

Cultural Proficiency the Answer to Mental Health Disparities, Surgeon General Reports

America’s racial and ethnic minority groups face major disparities when it comes to accessing quality mental health services, according to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher.

Filipino Nurse Honored by Schering/KEY for Asthma and Allergy Awareness

Under the leadership of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and Schering/KEY, NASN’s primary corporate partner, the efforts of school nurses to teach students and parents about asthma and allergies are being recognized and rewarded.

Minority Entrepreneur Offers 366 Days of Caregivers’ Comfort

America’s baby boomers are aging at a rapid rate and living up to 15 years longer than their parents’ generation. This rise in the elderly population is creating a huge need for more nurses to provide elder care in hospitals as well as more caregivers who provide health care to ailing family members in their own homes


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