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11/16/2018

Parents and their adolescent children were in agreement that confidential medical care should be available to teens by age 16, compared with clinical guidelines that set the age at 13, researchers reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The survey of more than 1,200 youths ages 13 to 18 and their parents found the largest disagreements involved reproductive care and substance abuse counseling.

11/16/2018

Nurse Catherine Burger suggests nurses enhance leadership skills in conflict resolution, effective communication and task delegation while also developing their compassion, critical thinking and emotional intelligence. To prepare for a first leadership position, meet the educational requirements and highlight non-nursing leadership experience on your resume.

11/16/2018

Ginger and peppermint may be natural remedies for an upset stomach but not peppermint candies or ginger cookies, which dietitians say could make symptoms worse overall. Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick recommends ginger teas or lozenges for an upset stomach, and RD Dawn Jackson-Blatner says a natural digestion kit for home or travel could include a peppermint tea bag, fennel seeds and candied ginger.

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11/16/2018

The University of Dayton and Premier Health in Ohio are partners in an initiative to allow students in UD's dietetics and nutrition master's degree program to apply for a dietetic internship at Miami Valley Hospital, which will gradually increase internship slots from eight to 24. The program also will help students meet new rules taking effect in 2024 that require a graduate degree plus an internship with an accredited program to take the registered dietitian nutritionist exam.

11/16/2018

Study data presented at ObesityWeek found gradually introducing a low-calorie diet was associated with lower levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, compared with immediate introduction. Weight loss was similar in both groups and people in the immediate diet group had lower levels of self-reported hunger.

11/16/2018

A case study in BMJ Case Reports described a 19-year-old Dutch man in a rehabilitation center for cannabis and ketamine abuse who went into cardiac arrest after inhaling a spray deodorant to get high. The man was put into a medically induced coma but was taken off life support when his symptoms didn't improve after more than a week, and he died.

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11/16/2018

The Indian Health Service's new Internet Eligible Controlled Substance Provider Designation policy aims to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder among American Indians and Alaska Natives in rural or remote locations. The policy sets up a process to allow IHS-designated clinicians to use telehealth to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for OUD.

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11/16/2018

Awareness, assistance and community alignment are three key elements needed to better address social determinants of health, Karen DeSalvo, M.D., former leader of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, told a forum this week. Intermountain Healthcare CEO Marc Harrison, M.D., said health care is not doing more to address determinants because it still is simple to make money using the fee-for-service model and there is a "lack of courage to reorient our business model."

11/16/2018

Two NICU nurses at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis started a pay-it-forward chain by donating their breast milk to help infants whose mothers cannot breastfeed. The chain started when NICU nurse Abby Black, who had recently given birth, offered to donate extra milk to colleague Katie Hanover, who couldn't breastfeed her premature daughter at first, and they both, along with others, are now donating extra milk to a mother with breast cancer who cannot breastfeed her daughter.

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11/16/2018

Dr. Carlos Brown, chief of trauma at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, says there have been recent and dramatic advances in trauma care, especially since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Brown says techniques learned saving soldiers on the battlefield, such as increased use of tourniquets and early blood transfusions, are helping save gunshot victims and other trauma patients.

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