Wide Scale Testing Beginning for COVID-19 VaccinesRead the rest of this entry »
Researchers are making so much progress in developing a vaccine against COVID-19 that the first wide-scale testing could begin in a matter of weeks.
The New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker says a vaccine developed by the 10-year-old biotech company Moderna expects to start wide-scale testing this month. If it does, it would mark an almost unprecedented acceleration of the clinical testing process.
Typically, testing and approving a new vaccine …
Winning Teams Solve Pandemic Problems in First Nurse HackathonRead the rest of this entry »
Five teams of nurses and technologists are winners for the innovative projects they entered in the first Nurse Hack 4 Health virtual hackathon.
Chosen out of 30 entries, the winning teams earned the highest scores for their solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic laid out in five categories ranging from “Acute Care Patient Monitoring” to “Resiliency & Self-Care.”
Sponsored by Microsoft, John & Johnson, dev up and …
Statins Show Promise in Reducing Death from Ovarian CancerRead the rest of this entry »
Women with ovarian cancer who take statins to lower their cholesterol have a 40% lower death rate.
“These drugs are appealing as they are widely used, inexpensive, and well tolerated in most patients. The associated reduction in ovarian cancer mortality is promising,” said Dr. Kala Visvanathan, lead researcher of a new study presented last week during the American Association for Cancer Research Virtual Annual Meeting II.
Dr. Visvanathan, professor of …
Get Rid of Gray Hair by Going on VacationRead the rest of this entry »
Some might argue the point, but most of us know that stress will turn your hair gray. Just take a look at before and afters of US presidents.
But who would have guessed that eliminating the stress can turn those gray hairs back to their natural color?
That’s what a team of researchers at New York’s Columbia University found when they studied the graying process.
From volunteers of different ethnicities …
Recognizing Nursing Assistants This Special WeekRead the rest of this entry »
This week – Nursing Assistants Week -- we at Green Key Resources want to extend a special thank you to the nation’s certified nursing assistants and recognize the vital work they do.
These are the professionals who do the day-to-day work of caring for patients too ill, too elderly or who are just in need of extra help as they recover.
Never before has so much been asked of the …
We're Going Blue for Men's Health WeekRead the rest of this entry »
We’ll be wearing blue on Friday in recognition of Men’s Health Week.
Wear Blue Day helps to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to get preventive health checkups.
The Men’s Health Network created Wear Blue Day and, in 1994, pushed Congress to declare the week before Father’s Day as Men’s Health Week. The reason is clear. Men die at a higher rate than women …
Nation Starts Recruiting 100,000 Contact Tracers to ‘Box-in’ COVID-19Read the rest of this entry »
An army of workers is being recruited across the US to help “box-in” the coronavirus to prevent its spread and reduce the chance of new outbreaks.
Tens of thousands – 100,000 at least -- of these special workers will be deployed to track down and counsel individuals who may have come into contact with an infected person. When they do, they’ll ask them about their health, informing them they were …
Nurses Find New Mission Running Testing SitesRead the rest of this entry »
Nurses sidelined by the coronavirus are finding a new mission staffing the drive-in testing facilities that are rapidly opening all over the country.
When governments ordered non-essential businesses to close to help limit the spread of COVID-19, doctors’ offices, ambulatory surgical centers and clinics were among them. Elective procedures such as cosmetic surgery, knee and hip replacements and cataract removal were cancelled.
Many of these RNs were redeployed providing in-patient …
COVID-19 Puts Spotlight On Adaptive Clinical TrialsRead the rest of this entry »
One of the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be the accelerated acceptance of adaptive clinical trials.
Dr. Anthony Fauci endorsed adaptive trials when he announced the effectiveness of remdesivir in treating COVID-19 patients.
“The data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant positive effect in diminishing the time to recover," Fauci said in a White House briefing April 29.
The data came from a unique type …
Aspirin Helps Prevent Digestive CancersRead the rest of this entry »
It wasn’t that long ago that doctors advised taking a low dose aspirin a day as a preventive against heart attacks. Then, new studies found the risk of aspirin-induced internal bleeding outweighed any benefits it might confer, except in older patients at risk of heart problems.
Yet, there’s still enough uncertainty about the overall preventive benefits that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force gives that recommended use a grade of …