How COVID Is Changing Clinical TrialsRead the rest of this entry »
Amidst all the uncertainty about a COVID vaccine, at least this one thing is certain: it is changing how clinical trials are conducted.
Instead of taking years to move a potential vaccine from laboratory to trial, the US’s Operation Warp Speed has moved two of six prospective COVID vaccines into Phase 3 recruitment in under six months. Two more are expected to begin Phase 3 recruitment this month.
In the …
Your Health Could Depend on What’s In Your GutRead the rest of this entry »
Nutritionists have long told us “You are what you eat,” an adage embodied in the food pyramid every child learns in school. Now, out of the Netherlands comes evidence that what’s in our gut has a connection to a variety of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and diabetes.
Presenting the findings of a broad study of 422,417 unrelated adults of British ancestry, author Dr. Hilde Groot of University Medical Centre …
Origami-Inspired Robot Shows It Can Do Delicate SurgeryRead the rest of this entry »
A tiny robot, inspired by the paper-folding art of origami, may someday take on surgical tasks as delicate as pushing through a human eye to reach the hair-sized veins inside.
Two engineers recently demonstrated how a device weighing as much as a penny and no larger than a tennis ball can perform such delicate procedures with far more precision than a human. They described their work in the August issue …
COVID’s Impact on Nursing EducationRead the rest of this entry »
Among the frontline workers of the COVID pandemic none have been more lauded than nurses. They’ve been applauded by thousands of grateful apartment dwellers, letters of thanks hang by the hundreds in break rooms and they've been treated to more pizzas than a victorious high school football team.
Less noticed by most of us, however, is how COVID-19 is changing the profession. Most notably for RNs and LPNs has been …
Diabetes and Weight Loss Is a High Risk for CancerRead the rest of this entry »
A just published study says adults with recent-onset diabetes who have lost weight – even as little as 1 pound – are at higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The greater the weight loss, the higher the risk.
Published online at JAMA Oncology, the study found that individuals with recent-onset diabetes who lost between 1 and 4 pounds had a 25% higher risk of pancreatic cancer, while those whose …
High Altitude NursingRead the rest of this entry »
No one who’s ever been in a hospital, even as just a visitor, will deny that nursing is a frontline, adrenaline charged job. The nurse you see calmly entering patient information one minute may be racing the next to provide life-saving care.
Yet even among all the demanding nursing specialties one stands out for its high altitude adrenaline rush. Flight nurses, also known as transport nurses, perform their patient care …
Americans See Nurses as AltruisticRead the rest of this entry »
Americans see nurses as dedicated, caring professionals who risk their health because they care about the public welfare.
Doctors, whose favorable rating is rising, are seen by a majority of the public as interested in making money as much as working for the public good.
The most recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 60% of Americans says nurses are, “Mostly interested in working for the good of the …
COVID Trials Raising Awareness of Clinical DiversityRead the rest of this entry »
Minority representation in clinical trials is an issue the coronavirus vaccine trials has brought out of medical publications and journals and into the broader media.
“If Black people have been the victims of COVID-19, we’re going to …
Hospitals Ready In Case of ‘Second Wave’ This FallRead the rest of this entry »
Six months into the global coronavirus pandemic, health care experts across the US feel much better prepared to handle a potential “second wave” should it occur this fall.
"We've evolved. We're in a much better state now than we were in the beginning of the pandemic," Michael Calderwood, associate chief quality officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, told Healthcare Dive. "There's been a lot of learning."
In a survey reported …
Is It the Drug Or Fitbit Making the Difference?Read the rest of this entry »
As if clinical researchers and managers didn’t already have enough to worry about, now add activity trackers to the list.
Smartwatches, Fitbits and similar trackers have the potential to influence behavior, which matters in studies where physical activity is a study endpoint. (An endpoint in a clinical study is an event used to objectively measure the effect of a drug or other intervention.)
If the level of activity is an …