Reducing Nursing Home Resident Hospitalizations

A commentary in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) talks about the common problem facing nursing home residents:  Unnecessary hospitalizations due to untrained nurses or substandard medical protocol when an elderly resident becomes ill. According to the articles authors, Dr. Joseph G. Ouslander and Dr. Robert A. Berenson: More than …

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Staying Safer After Carotid Stenting

Results of a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggest guidelines for patients that could help keep them safer after carotid stenting. In fact, this advice might even save lives. A stent is a tiny tube that acts to keep an artery open, allowing blood to flow properly. Stents …

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Helping to Ensure Nursing Home Patient Protections

Earlier this year, California Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced legislation known as H.R. 2552: “Nursing Home Patient Protection & Standards Act.”  (The “H.R.” stands for House of Representatives, signifying that the bill started in that body of Congress.) H.R. 2522 was introduced to ensure consistent standards in nursing homes across the nation. It provides training and whistleblower …

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Johnston County Kicks Off New Teen Driver Safety Campaign

Every parent knows teenagers mostly listen their friends. So Johnston County, North Carolina, officials and school leaders decided to use that to the advanatage of their driver safetly programs. A new driver safety campaign kicked off Wednesday of this week that is based on the idea of having teens discuss and encourage each other to practice safe driving habits.

World Alzheimer's Day

Today, September 21, 2011, is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every year on September 21st, Alzheimer associations across the globe unite to recognize World Alzheimer’s Day, and this year is no exception. World Alzheimer’s Day is a day that unites opinion leaders, people with dementia, their carers and family, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all …

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North Carolina Scientist Wins MacArthur Genius Award

This feels like a win for everyone in North Carolina, and for everyone who loves an individual with traumatic brain injury (TBI): Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., works at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Through is research, he has made strides in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of …

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Kids Have More Accidental Drug Poisonings

This is a frightening new statistic:  Between 2001 and 2008, the number of accidental drug poisonings surged 22 percent among children ages 5 and younger. According to research published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers gathered data on more than half a million cases reported to the poison control center. In 95 percent of cases, …

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Child Passenger Safety Week

This coming Sunday, September 18, starts Child Passenger Safety Week. According to Safe Kids USA, a government site devoted to all things related to children’s safety, Child Passenger Safety Week is celebrated every year to remind parents and other caregivers of the need to keep children of all ages properly restrained in the seat that …

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