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Study Identifies Key Immune System Molecule

Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children have identified a molecule that is key to how white blood cells called macrophages recognize the common bacteria E. coli. The study may lead to better ways of fighting infections. 

The body's immune response against baterial infection consists of the coordinated activities of a variety of white blood cells.

Why is Mommy So Mad?

SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- Erica Jong, the novelist/essayist/feminist, does not like attachment parenting. No, siree, she does not. And she let everybody know about it last week via an essay in the Wall Street Journal, a pulled pin in a grenade attack that is only the latest offensive in the so-called Mommy Wars. In it, she derides the attachment parenting movement, asserting, among other things, that its philosophy of constant contact with your child favors the wealthy and keeps you from being a complete person. 

How Severe is Nurse Burnout in the Emergency Department?

Exploring Telephone Triage

Nowadays, nurses play a central role in telephone triage in Dutch out-of-hours primary care. The percentage of calls that is handled through nurse telephone advice alone (NTAA) appears to vary substantially between GP cooperatives. This study aims to explore which determinants are associated with NTAA and with subsequent return consultations to the GP.

Measuring Job Satisfaction of Nursing Home Administrators

The psychometric properties of the nursing home administrator job satisfaction questionnaire (NHA-JSQ) are presented, and the steps used to develop this instrument.

Decision Support for Patients

Effective interventions prepare patients for making values-sensitive health decisions by helping them become informed and clarifying their values for each of the options. However, patient decision support interventions have not been widely implemented and little is known about effective models for delivering them to patients. The purpose of this study was to describe call centre nurses' adoption of a decision support protocol into practice following exposure to an implementation intervention and to identify factors influencing sustainable nursing practice changes.


Preceptorship in Rural Settings

The setting for this project is rural Alberta and Saskatchewan. Statistics Canada (1993) defines a rural area as a place having a population of less than 1000 and a density of less than 400 persons per square kilometer. In Canada, the term rural might be perceived as referring to areas in which access to health care services is limited by distance and lack of qualified care providers, particularly physicians (Alberta Physicians Resources Planning Group, 1997). In 2000, 41,502 Registered Nurses (RNs) worked in rural Canada, more than half of them in part-time positions, and consisted of 17.9% of the total number of RNs employed in nursing nationwide. As well, as with the nursing profession generally, the rural nursing workforce is aging, with an average age of 42.9 years, an increase of 2.3 years since 1994 (Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 2002). Recruitment of new graduates to rural areas therefore can only be enhanced by the provision of high quality precepted student learning experiences.


The Global Obesity Crisis

Developed countries had high obesity rates before the problem was taken seriously and hence the genesis must be seen in retrospect. Developing countries offer a clear view of causal factors but also opportunities for prevention, which must focus on both food and physical activity environments.



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