• Dietary changes represent 'growing priority' for GI symptom relief, cancer prevention
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    We have long known that our diets affect our health, but many questions remain about diet's impact on conditions like cancer and its potential value in treating a wide variety of health conditions. Two studies presented recently at Digestive Disease Week 2022 shed further light on these connections.

  • Large amounts of sitting time confer CVD risk, most prominently in lower-income countries
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    People who sit for more than 8 hours per day have elevated risk for death and major CV events compared with those who sit for less than 4 hours per day, according to new data from the PURE cohort study. The association between longer sitting time and higher death/CVD risk was present across all socioeconomic levels, but was most pronounced in low- and lower-middle-income countries, the researchers wrote in JAMA Cardiology.

  • New research shows vitamin D deficiency leads to dementia
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, affecting thinking and behaviors as you age. But what if you could stop this degenerative disease in its tracks? A world-first study from the University of South Australia could make this a reality as new genetic research shows a direct link between dementia and a lack of vitamin D.

  • CDC: Monkeypox cases rising slowly in the US
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Monkeypox cases continue to climb in the United States, although gradually, federal health officials said. Public health officials have identified 45 cases of monkeypox across 15 states and the District of Columbia, up from 21 the week before, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a media briefing, while more than 1,300 cases have been detected globally in 31 countries.

  • Women want to hear from other patients before deciding on breast reconstruction
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Exploring surgeons', nurses' and patients' information seeking behavior on medical innovations: The case of 3D printed biodegradable implants in breast reconstruction has just been published in Annals of Surgery Open. Its key findings highlight how surgeons and nurses prefer their information from the scientific processes they've been trained in but most patients really want to engage with someone who has a lived experience of using the new technologies.

  • Obesity causes COVID vaccines to lose their efficacy more rapidly
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    In a recent study, researchers examined a clinical cohort of severely obese people vaccinated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines to determine the relationship between an individual's body mass index (BMI) and COVID-19-related hospitalization and mortality. They demonstrated that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine-induced humoral immunity waned more quickly in people with severe obesity.

  • VA nurse develops first chest pain triage protocol for urgent care
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    A nurse practitioner at Cape Girardeau VA has pioneered a protocol for urgent care providers to assess the risk of a cardiac event occurring in patients experiencing chest pain. The protocol has potential for use in urgent care facilities nationwide.

  • Mass shootings: Helping nurses cope with the trauma
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Nurses throughout the country have been affected by the news of recent mass shootings. For nurses with young children, nurses of color or nurses working in hospital systems, just hearing about these events can cause some secondary or vicarious trauma. These symptoms include feeling disconnected or distant from patients and co-workers, nightmares, flashbacks, depression, anxiety, oversleeping, or feeling overly lethargic.

  • Pharmacology: From Head to Toe Virtual Conference
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    July 22, 2022 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm | Via ZOOM August 5, 2022 | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm | Via ZOOM The Midwest Multistate Division is pleased to announce that this year’s Pharmacology: From Head to Toe conference will be a live, virtual event through ZOOM. Two date options are being provided this year – July 22 and August 5. We hope you will choose to participate! This virtual conference will assist the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in determining the most appropriate agent based on the individual assessment and underlying health problem. Dr. Wendy L. Wright, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP will deliver four pharmacotherapeutic presentations during the event that will focus on reviewing the general principles of pharmacology, including indications for use, drug interactions and common side effects of various drug and non-drug therapies. Proper monitoring of the therapeutic and adverse effects of drug therapy will also be discussed as well as appropriate treatment of these reactions. For full details (agenda, presentations/topics, etc.) and to register, please visit any of the links provided below: Arkansas Kansas Missouri Nebraska The deadline to register for the July program is July 15, 2022. The deadline to register for the August program is July 29, 2022. Accreditation 5.25 contact hours are available to those who meet the successful completion requirements, all in the area of pharmacology. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. What is the Midwest Multistate Division? The Arkansas Nurses Association, Kansas State Nurses Association, Missouri Nurses Association and Nebraska Nurses Association formed a collaborative, namely the Midwest Multistate Division (Midwest MSD), with the goal of promoting efficiencies and growth. As part of this collaborative, the Midwest MSD Professional Development Unit (PD Unit) was formed, which is accredited as an ANCC approver and provider of NCPD, to address the educational needs of nurses in the Midwest region. Questions? Please contact Sara Fry at with any questions.

  • The future of telehealth and nursing
    on June 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    There's no question about it — telehealth is quickly becoming an industry standard rather than an added option. Medical institutions across the country are discovering the array of benefits telehealth nursing provides and are incorporating the practice into their operations as quickly as possible.