Fecal Transplants May Be More Effective Than AntibioticsRead the rest of this entry »
One of the unfortunate consequences of a course of antibiotics is that besides killing off the infection for which they were prescribed, they also kill off "good bacteria."
These good bacteria live mostly in the human gut, helping the body metabolize food, fight off bad microbes, produce vitamin K and, researchers are just beginning to discover, can do even more. Studies are finding that gut bacteria may predict susceptibility ...
Writing Skills Are Essential For Today's NursesRead the rest of this entry »
Besides having all the essential medical skills, the best nurses were able to interpret a doctor's handwriting.
With digitalization, it's a less critical, if still useful skill. More important today is the ability for a nurse to write well, says an article on the Duquesne University School of Nursing site.
"Strong writing skills play a vital role throughout an entire nursing career, from documenting patient outcomes and communicating with other ...
Security, Privacy Are Healthcare's Top IT PrioritiesRead the rest of this entry »
Just as with the national economy, technological advances, competitive market forces, the demand for new skills, and engagement, job satisfaction and worker stress are challenging the healthcare industry, forcing it to rethink practically every aspect of how it does business.
But, as the recent U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reports, there are significant differences how organizations prioritize those issues. "Hospitals and ...
Study Finds Employees Don't Understand Supplemental BenefitsRead the rest of this entry »
With the benefits open enrollment season coming up, a timely report from Cigna finds that employees don't understand the voluntary medical-related benefits employers offer.
For example, despite knowing that even with employer-provided medical insurance they'll have other expenses, only 34% of workers would rely on supplemental benefits to pay non-medical bills. Instead, 49% would dip into savings; 32% would put them on their credit card; and 22% would borrow from ...
Medical Schools Fear Residency ShortageRead the rest of this entry »
Concerned about the potential of a physician shortage, in 2006 the Association of American Medical Colleges called on medical schools to increase their first year student enrollment 30%. A dozen years later, the goal was realized when the Association's annual enrollment survey found 21,622 new med students. Enrollment in osteopathic medical schools also increased, reaching 8,124 first year students enrolled for the 2018-2019 year.
Now there's a new ...
Is Job Growth In Healthcare Slowing Down?Read the rest of this entry »
When the June employment numbers are released Friday, economists are expecting a rebound from May's disappointing results.
Last month, the government reported 75,000 new jobs were created in May, less than half what analysts forecast. Bloomberg says the June number should be in the neighborhood of 160,000.
Looking for signs of where the economy is heading, labor economists and financial market will be paying close attention to the ...
Business Support Small But Growing for Single-Payer HealthRead the rest of this entry »
While the national discussion of a single-payer health plan falls along political lines, there is a small, but growing group that sees such as system as good for business -- employers struggling to keep up with the cost of providing health insurance.
“Businesses are really angry about the system, and there is a lot of frustration with its rising costs and dysfunction,” Dan Geiger tells Kaiser Health News. Although no Fortune ...
More Companies See Value In Mental Health BenefitsRead the rest of this entry »
This is the time of year employers are beginning to hear from their benefits brokers about insurance plans for next year. The tendency is for those conversations to focus around costs. Plan improvements take a backseat to keeping expenses down. This year though, more companies than ever will be taking a close look at how well their plans provide for mental health coverage.
As Mental Health Awareness month comes to ...
Nurse Anesthetists Are Becoming Ketamine EntrepreneursRead the rest of this entry »
The rapid rise in ketamine clinics treating refractory (treatment resistant) depression is attracting a growing number of nurse anesthetists, some of whom are seizing the opportunity to become entrepreneurs.
An article on Healthecareers details the experience of three Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who have opened their own clinics.
"I finally found my place," one of them explained. "In college, I was always interested in psychology, but was too pragmatic ...
How Big Is the Right Size For a Clinical Trial?Read the rest of this entry »
When a drug company embarks on a clinical trial, one of the risks it runs is the nonadherence of participants to the rules. In simplest terms, that means if a patient is to take a pill in the morning and another at night, deviating from the schedule is nonadherence. If too many participants deviate, the trial could fail.
An article in Applied Clinical Trials discusses the statistical implications of nonadherence ...