Thanks to this defibrillator of a recession, healthcare's future has a beat. Not long ago, baby boomers were promising to hit medical care providers with a double whammy: retiring from their jobs as nurses and doctors and aging their way into hospitals and clinics in waves as patients. But the recession seems to have caused something of a reprieve as older workers delay retirement and a younger, newly pragmatic generation gravitates toward careers in this more stable field.
Can neuroscience read people's minds? Some researchers, and some new businesses, are banking on a brain imaging technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to reveal hidden thoughts, such as lies, truths or deep desires.New research by neuroscientists at UCLA and Rutgers University provides evidence that fMRI can be used in certain circumstances to determine what a person is thinking.
As schoolchildren return to class this fall, they'll find that any trace of a feverish forehead or deep cough could quickly land them in the nurse's office with a call home to pick them up.Officials worry that a surge of swine flu -- coupled with the annual return of seasonal flu -- just as the school year begins could be an educational and health nightmare. As a precaution, school administrators are quickly changing how they handle sick children.
If swine flu reappears in schools this fall, it'll probably be a school nurse who first discovers it. But nationwide, the ratio of nurses to students falls short of the federally recommended standard, raising concerns that the shortage could undermine efforts to catch and control what could be a deadly flu season.
A new research study indicates changes that could reduce turnover among newly licensed nurses. The study, led by Yale University School of Nursing Assistant Professor Linda Honan Pellico, PhD, APRN, points to a divide between nurses' idealistic expectations upon entering school and the realities they face in their first jobs. It recommends improvements for both nursing schools and the work environment.
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Liz Di Bernardo