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Infection Prevention: The Role of Healthcare Professionals

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In 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan designated the third week of October each year as International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW). Since then, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has coordinated the effort to raise awareness about the important role that health care professionals play in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Is Better Sleep the Key to Patient Recovery?

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If you or a loved one has ever spent time in a hospital, the chances are you know that getting quality sleep is not always one of the patient experiences. Thankfully, recent studies are recommending that hospitals rethink their practices to allow their patients to get more quality sleep while under their care.

Healthy Aging for Healthcare Workers

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As American workers hold off retirement and stay employed longer, their need to remain physically capable takes on even greater importance. According to Department of Labor statistics, by 2050, more than 19.6 million American workers will be 65 years or older. This number represents almost 19% of the total U.S. workforce. For those in the healthcare industry, these statistics present even greater challenges in the near term.

September is Healthy Aging Month

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For the past twenty years, the month of September has been recognized as Healthy Aging® Month, an annual occurrence to raise awareness about the positive aspects of growing older. As the numbers of people age 45 and older grows every year, the focus of September’s Healthy Aging® Month is to inspire these adults to improve their overall health and well-being. Healthy aging includes more than just one’s physical wellness; rather it also encompasses a healthy mental, social, and financial state.

Nurses Role in Immunization Safety and Awareness

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Recent surveys conclude that more than 74% of parents trust the immunization advice given to them by pediatric health care professionals. Being on the front line of communication and care for the patient, nurses play a key role in providing that advice and helping guide parental decisions about their child’s vaccinations...

A New Conversation: Vaccines Change the World

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True, the absence of disease in our society has made us complacent. Without a direct memory of these events it is difficult to put this medical marvel into context. What many of us fail to realize is that our experience is the exception and not the rule. In many areas of the world where vaccinations have not become “routine,” parents and children continue to fear the very diseases we have forgotten. In 2013, it was estimated that 145,000 people (mostly children younger than 5) died from measles, a disease that has been preventable for over a half a century.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is celebrated every year throughout the month of August. NIAM events are an opportunity to highlight the positive effects of immunization and encourage people to protect themselves against infectious diseases by staying current with their immunizations. There are activities coordinated through the National Public Health Information Coalition for the entire month, with each week dedicated to a different stage of life.

World Hepatitis Day

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The statistics from the Centers for Disease Control are staggering. More than 400 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis, a virus that causes inflammation of the liver and contributes to more than 4,000 deaths each day.

National Men's Health Week

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Each year, National Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to Father’s Day and this year it falls on June 15th through June 21st. Throughout the week, men are encouraged to promote healthy living and seek early detection and treatment for male-related diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding men to remain physically active, see their doctor regularly, quit smoking, and try to get enough sleep.

Audiologists and SLP’s Celebrated in May

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and in honor of the more than 160,000 professionals who practice Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, let’s take a look at the employment outlook for the profession.

National Nurses Week

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Selfless in nature and driven by the fulfillment and gratification that comes from making a difference in people's lives, National Nurses Week celebrates this incredible group of men and women. Join us in honoring and thanking nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6th through 12th.

Current Trends in Nursing 2015

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With National Nurses Week just around the corner, held this year on May 6 – May 12, 2015, let’s take a look at a few of the latest trends impacting the nursing profession.

Celebrating OT Month

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Beginning April 1st, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is promoting a month-long celebration of the “Healthcare Heroes” that help tens of thousands of patients improve or regain physical and cognitive capabilities.

mHealth and the Future of Healthcare

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As the United States’ fixation on their mobile devices has continued to grow, new ways to use them has exploded beyond checking emails and social media to include banking, healthcare and more.