• Healthy lifestyle may help former smokers lower their risk of death from all causes
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Former smokers who stick to a healthy lifestyle have a lower risk of dying from all causes than those who don't engage in healthy habits, according to a new study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The reduced risk of dying was observed for specific causes, including cancer and heart and lung diseases. Lifestyle interventions have not been robustly studied in former smokers, and these new findings could have important implications for the 52 million former smokers in the United States.

  • USPSTF: Screen all adults aged younger than 65 years for anxiety
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force has released a historic draft recommendation statement, advocating for screening adults aged younger than 65 years for anxiety. In addition, the task force said it continues to recommend screening all adults for depression. Both statements are B-grade recommendations, according to a press release.

  • Multidisciplinary care: A team-centered, patient-focused approach to obesity management
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Obesity is a complex disease with multifactorial etiology. Multidisciplinary care is an optimal way to support patients with short-term success, long-term weight loss maintenance, and the prevention of obesity-related complications. In the United States, 41.9 percent of the population is affected by obesity. With a wide range of associated physical and mental complications like diabetes, hypertension, depression and anxiety, obesity must be treated by an interdisciplinary team working together to create a comprehensive, patient-focused plan.

  • Medicare eligibility may increase food pantry visits, improve food security among seniors
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Low-income seniors were seven times more likely to visit a food pantry in the year after becoming eligible for Medicare, resulting in improved food security, according to a new study from UT Southwestern. The findings, published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, were based on data compiled on 543 households that visited Crossroads Community Services, a food pantry in Dallas. Study leaders Sandi Pruitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Peter O'Donnell Jr. School of Public Health, and Tammy Leonard, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Economics at the University of Dallas, said several factors may have contributed to the increased food pantry usage.

  • Possible association between air pollution exposure, especially at young age, and alterations in brain structure
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    A study published in the journal Environmental Pollution has found an association, in children aged 9-12, between exposure to air pollutants in the womb and during the first 8.5 years of life and alterations in white matter structural connectivity in the brain. The greater the child's exposure before age five, the greater the brain structure alteration observed in preadolescence. The study was led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

  • Community-level actions could mitigate maternal mortality
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Maternal mortality in the United States has been rising for several decades, but actions taken at the community level, as well as larger public health initiatives, have the potential to slow this trend, according to experts at a webinar sponsored by the National Institute for Health Care Management.

  • Global burden of type 1 diabetes likely to double by 2040, study predicts
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    An estimated 8.4 million people were living with type 1 diabetes across the globe in 2021, according to the results of a new modeling study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This number is predicted to increase to 13.5-17.4 million people living with T1D by 2040.

  • New study reveals breakthrough infections increase immunity to COVID-19
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Vaccine boosters and breakthrough infections following vaccination both provide a substantial and potentially pandemic-breaking immunity against COVID-19, according to new laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University. The study, published in the journal Med, is the latest in a series of OHSU discoveries using blood samples to characterize immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  • Monkeypox outbreaks associated with human-to-human transmission outside endemic areas
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Since May 2022, cases of monkeypox have increased globally, stirring fears of a new pandemic. A study published in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens on Sept. 22 by Professor Souha Kanj and colleagues at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, presents synthesized descriptions of its clinical characteristics, risk factors, infection control and prevention measures, as well as potential treatments.

  • CDC expects omicron COVID boosters for kids by mid-October
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects COVID-19 vaccine boosters targeting circulating variants of the virus to be available for children aged 5-11 years by mid-October. The CDC said in a document released on Sept. 20 that it expects to make a recommendation in early- to mid-October on the use of the new bivalent vaccines in the group, if they are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • 3 things travel nurses say they would need before returning to a hospital
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    During the past couple of years — because of the pandemic and the national staffing shortage — entrepreneurial nurses left their steady jobs to travel the country and work at various hospitals. Although many of these travel nurses say they have no plans to return to a full-time hospital job, some are open to the idea — but only if the facility can offer some guarantees, Becker’s Hospital Review reported.

  • KSNA Fall Conference On-Demand | October 1 - October 31, 2022
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Register now to participate in the 2022 KSNA Fall Conference On-Demand! This event will focus on providing the best care for all types of patients, featuring on-demand sessions on health disparities for LGBTQ+ persons, women's health and advocacy, person-centered care for the elderly and the challenges of mental health care in today's world. A special session by American Nurses Association's President Dr. Ernest Grant and Director of Nursing Programs Katie Boston-Leary will examine the national issue of diversity and inclusion in nursing. Content will be open on-demand from October 1 thru October 31 for viewing. For full details (presentations, speakers, etc.) and to register, please click here. Registration Early bird registration ends September 23rd and the on-demand site will open October 1st. Individuals are allowed to register after September 23 (early bird deadline), but registration fees increase by $20.00. A link to access the on-demand activity will be emailed to you following the registration process. No registrations accepted after October 24, 2022. Access to on-demand sessions ends at 11:59 PM CST on October 31, 2022. Accreditation Participants will receive 5.0 contact hours. The on-demand site/content and contact hours will only be accessible/ available until October 31, 2022. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Member of KSNA? Register now to join us for the KSNA Live, Virtual Business Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm. There is no cost to KSNA members to register for the business meeting, just a requirement to pre-register before October 10. We hope you will also choose to register for this event! Questions? Please contact Sara Fry at with any questions.

  • ARNA Fall Conference & Membership Assembly
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    November 4, 2022 | Holiday Inn Little Rock Airport Conference Center | Little Rock, Arkansas Register now to participate in the 2022 Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA) Fall Conference & Membership Assembly! Join your peers for a fascinating look at issues important to Arkansas nurses, including medical cannabis, your mental health, and a panel discussion on non-traditional nursing practices. Featured speaker Mary Trentham will share her expertise on protecting yourself from legal challenges to your license, following the case of RaDonda Vaught in Tennessee. Register today! For full details (presentations, speakers, etc.) and to register, please click here. Registration Pre-registration is required. Please note, registration fees include breakfast, lunch and continuing education credit. Undergraduate students and retirees are not eligible to receive nursing contact hours. Tickets to the 110th Anniversary Celebration Gala are an additional cost. Registration for the Fall Conference closes on October 24, 2022, at 12:00 pm CST. Accreditation Participants meeting the successful completion requirements will receive up to 4.0 contact hours. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

  • Around the nation: US workforce could be short 2.1 million nurses by 2025
    on September 26, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    The healthcare industry could be short 2.1 million nurses by 2025, according to an analysis from The Josh Bersin Co. and Eightfold. While nurses account for the largest group of healthcare professionals—with 5.8 million workers—their analysis found that the current nursing workforce will not be sufficient, citing hospital nurse turnover rates of up to 60 percent and increasing demands on the healthcare system.