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Metformin: Drug for Multiple Conditions

As a front-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, metformin is among the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. In 2021 alone, clinicians wrote more than 91 million orders for the medication — up from 40 million 2004.
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Prolonged Sitting and Blood Pressure

Moderate to vigorous activity can benefit the physical, cognitive, emotional, and functional health of older adults. However, their levels of meeting physical activity guidelines are low, with older adults typically sitting for 65% to 80% of waking hours.
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Metabolic and Mental Health Relationship

New research adds to the growing evidence that metabolic health affects the brain and can adversely affect mental health. Among more than 200,000 adults, high glucose and triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol were associated with a higher future risk for depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.
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Medication Safety Resources for Healthcare Professionals

WEBINAR – Medication Safety: Protecting Your Patients… and Your Practice

Clinical practice is ever changing, especially related to medication safety and the prevention of adverse events. Are you using the latest evidence and best practices to protect your patients as well as your nursing practice? Learn about nurse accountability in today’s interdisciplinary, teamwork-based care systems. Panelists will also discuss risk, liability, and culture of safety strategies that focus on error prevention.

More on Medication Safety…

Patients have long associated trust and respect with nursing. However, recent incidents of nurses delivering inappropriate medications (wrong drug, wrong dose) have led to catastrophic consequences. Most notoriously, former nurse RaDonda Vaught was stripped of her nursing license and charged with reckless homicide and abuse of an impaired adult.

Anticholinergics, widely used in clinical practice for an extensive range of diseases, exert effects on circulation, respiration, alertness, and vision by blocking the action of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) within the choli­nergic sys­tem.

Providers prescribe benzodiazepines (BZDs)—also known as anxiolytics, hypnotics, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, and amnestic medications—to manage several symptoms and conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, sedation, muscle spasms, agitation, and seizures.

To ensure safety and effective care, nurses must maintain their knowledge and understanding of opioid pharmacologic properties and best practices when caring for patients with acute and chronic non-cancer pain.

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News and Updates for the Patient and Family

Senior Living Resources

As a front-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, metformin is among the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. In 2021 alone, clinicians wrote more than 91 million orders for the medication — up from 40 million 2004.
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Multivitamins and Cognition: New Data From COSMOS

New data from the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) suggest that a daily multivitamin may help protect the aging brain. However, at least one expert has concerns about the study’s methodology and, as a result, the interpretation of its findings.
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Dr Kim Kuebler Implementing Palliative Care in Multiple Chronic Conditions in the U.S.

Dr Arlene Bierman MD, MS, Director of Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr Joanne Lynn MD, MA, MS, Director Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, Altarum Institute

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What are the 4 M’s?

The Hartford Foundation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Hospital Association, and the Catholic Health Association among other agencies are promoting a healthcare system that we want for ourselves and others. Recognizing the need for improved care for the nation’s largest patient population – those living with 2 or more chronic…
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Branding problem with palliative care

There is a branding problem with palliative care in that it is associated with end of life, hospice or serious illness. Palliative care is also symptom management – skilled clinical decision making that improves patient quality of life – allowing for greater physical functioning and engagement in meaningful activities. Palliative…
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HealthCom Media announces new and exciting changes for the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center in 2024.

DOYLESTOWN, PA — HealthCom Media (HCM), a leading information, marketing services, content development, and healthcare publishing company recently added Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center (MCCRC) to its many resources, which include American Nurse Journal, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Nurses Association. This acquisition expands access to clinical resources…
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U.S. Senate Defeats The Deadly Palliative Care Bill for The Third Time

Hospice supporters have been pushing for the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act since 2017. Defeated for the 3rd time December 2022. The recent ProPublica and the New Yorker investigation on fraud and abuse by U.S. Hospice care has pushed legislators and Government Agencies to re-evaluate regulatory changes for…
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