When Two Life-Altering Diagnoses Intersect: Attempting to Understand the Connections Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

Both diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease are listed as two of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, falling at numbers six and seven respectively, and claiming the lives of tens of thousands yearly.[1] On the offset, these two diseases may seem very different; while Alzheimer’s is known for damaging nerve cells [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The How and Why of Healthcare Data Breaches

Cybersecurity is a very real concern for the modern American; 64% of this country’s citizens have personally experienced a major data breach, and because of this, faith in institutions to safeguard personal information is at an all-time low.[1] Having personal, sensitive information compromised is a nightmare for both the individuals affected and the business or [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Delays in Treatment: A Great Danger to Physicians and Patients Alike

  A missed or late diagnosis has obvious repercussions for patients, but for the medical staff who fails to contact or explain a test result or treat a disease, consequences can also be dire. One article published by American Medical News states that “missed appointments and failures to follow up pose some of the greatest [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Pros and Cons of Required Minimum Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

What with hospital downsizing, budget cuts, and a nursing shortage in the United States, it’s no wonder that an American Nurses Association survey found that 54% of their nurse respondents didn’t have sufficient time to spend on each patient.[1] The past two decades have seen overcrowding and understaffing that has led to longer hours and [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ethical Obligations Associated with Cancer-Related Genetic Testing

Just a decade ago, genetic tests were expensive and uncommon; though they were exciting, and indicative of a promising future, they were not attainable for the average American. Now, however, a test for the BRCA1 mutation is available for as little as $250, and an individual’s entire genome can be sequenced for just $1,000.[1] Advancements [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children: Short- and Long-Term Consequences and Best Treatment Options

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) account for 30% of all injury deaths in the United States, and survivors can face life-long effects.[1] While the last article posted on our blog focused on the causes and warning signs of traumatic brain injuries in children, we now turn to the effects of TBIs, both short-term and long-term. After [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Intravenous Medication Administration: Risks, Risk Factors, and Safety Protocol

When asked to imagine a hospital patient and the equipment surrounding them, it’s likely that an IV line is one of the first items you envision, and for good reason. Providing important control over dosage, intravenous catheters are essential for medication administration and fluid regulation. However, because a drug’s absorption rate is very high when [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Exploring the Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention Methods of Congenital Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, affecting approximately three out of every thousand live births in the United States.[1] A disorder that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture, cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects an individual’s ability [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“It’s Just Part of the Job” Part II: Consequences of and Solutions to Workplace Abuse Against Nurses

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that 60% of workplace assaults occur in healthcare, and instances of verbal abuse and physical violence against healthcare workers have continued to rise in recent years.[1] While our first blog post on this topic covered the types of abuse nurses and other healthcare professionals face daily, the reasons [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“It’s Just Part of the Job;” The Dangerous Perceptions and Realities of Workplace Abuse for Nurses

  If you overhear someone saying they were aggressively told on the job, “Why don’t you bring your p---y over here and sit on my face,” you might make certain presumptions about that woman’s occupation. However, if you then learned this woman was a nurse, and was told this by a patient whose family later [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments