Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and can lead to serious liver damage. Hepatitis C (HCV) spreads through contact with blood that has the virus in it. What makes it even more dangerous is that many people with this disease don’t know they have it because symptoms can take decades to appear. The U.S. Preventive Services …

Sepsis and AI

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Sepsis remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. What exactly is sepsis? It is a dysregulated host response to infection, and it is estimated to afflict over 48.9 million people a year worldwide, leading to death in approximately 11 million. We all know that the early detection of sepsis is critical since interventions such as fluid resuscitation, antibiotic …

Wearable Device Prevents Bone Loss

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An estimated 34 million people in the United States have osteopenia. What is osteopenia? Osteopenia is when your bones are weaker than normal but not so far gone that they break easily. Losing bone density is a normal part of aging and it happens at different rates in different people. Osteopenia usually does not cause any symptoms, but it can …

Get Moving!

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For about 2 years I wore a “fitbit” type product to measure my activity level, sleep patterns, etc. What I found is that it stressed me out. I was constantly challenging myself only to be disappointed at the end of the day when I checked my total steps. I got rid of the device and decided to just be healthy …

Sugar a Four-Letter Word?

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“Sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) are a major source of non-nutritional calories and are associated with serious adverse health outcomes, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, gum disease, cavities, and others that contribute to morbidity and mortality.” Just today I heard a discussion on a morning news show about children drinking juice and how it can contribute to children being …

Gabapentin Safety

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In 2019, the FDA issued a warning about serious breathing problems with seizure and nerve pain medicines gabapentin and pregabalin when used with CNS depressants or in patients with lung problems. Gabapentin and pregabalin are FDA-approved for a variety of conditions, including seizures, nerve pain, and restless legs syndrome. Even with this warning, a recent study found that use of …

Urinary Tract Infections

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Last week we discussed the risks of sepsis in residents with pneumonia, but did you know that urinary tract infections (UTI) can often lead to sepsis as well? Although UTIs are common infections in even healthy adults, not all UTIs are treated quickly and can spread to the kidney, causing pain and severe illness. When this happens, the resident is …

General Anxiety Disorder

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a debilitating condition that is prevalent among older adults. Estimates are that 2.4% to 6.3% of older adults suffer with GAD. What exactly is GAD? It is characterized by persistent, uncontrollable worry that occurs for at least 6 months. It is often associated with decreased quality of life, cognitive impairment, disability, and increased healthcare utilization. …

Wound Care and Gloves

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If you have ever had a state or federal surveyor observe you performing wound care you can relate to the angst most nurses feel. Not only are you responsible for making sure the resident is comfortable, the treatment orders are accurate, your supplies are readily available but now you are also responsible for answering questions from a surveyor. In the …

Respiratory Illnesses

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Yep, here we are again, in the throws of another difficult respiratory illness season! Hopefully you and yours are prepared, are taking precautions and are up to date with your vaccinations! There is a lot of controversy regarding vaccinations, I get it, that said, many of our frail elders will not survive this flu season without these vaccines. As a …