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Nurse Practitioners Forge Their Way in Japan

A close friend of mine recently returned from a two-week vacation in Japan. Hearing her stories of traveling in a country with a drastically different culture was amusing to say the least. Horse carpaccio and chicken sashimi (both raw), for example, frequently make their way onto restaurant menus in the country. While most American's dietary preferences would cause them to stray from these culinary aspects of Japanese culture, one thing is making the two countries more similar- nurse practitioners. 

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Nurses- That Nasty Break Room Fridge is Affecting Your Job Performance

The break room fridge in the emergency department where I work is hands-down disgusting. It is so gross that one nurse in our department's punishment for her teenage son who was caught smoking weed was to accompany her to work one day to clean said fridge. He has not lit a joint since. I won't even get started on the ED bathroom- my stomach can't handle it.

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Medications Direct to Your Doorstep- the Next Big Thing?

Over the past few months, I have noticed a prevalence of ads publicizing Viagra's home delivery service. The concept is genius. No more waiting in line in the middle of the grocery store where your next door neighbor could potentially be lurking, inadvertently witnessing you receive your bottle of little blue pills. An avid online shopper myself (I order everything online), I was curious about how Viagra's home delivery service works. Does a similar service exist for other medications? Is the service actually as user-friendly as it sounds?

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How Does America's Emergency Care Compare?

247 Americans visit the emergency department every minute across the United States totaling more than 130 million visits in 2010.  Right or wrong, the emergency department serves as the source of primary care for many and for others a necessary medical resource in times of need.  Given not only the sheer number of individuals who visit the emergency department each year, but also the importance of high quality emergent medical care, our ED's must work flawlessly.  Unfortunately, a new 2014 report card released by the American College of Emergency Physicians shows they don't.

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Is Your Profession Making You Fat?

While your waistline is ultimately a product of what you eat, your activity level and genetics, where you work has a significant impact on your weight.  Those who sit at a desk all day naturally have a harder time staying slim than those working construction.   Which professions are the fattest?

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What Do You Think About New Statin Guidelines?

In case you missed the hype, earlier this month the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new cholesterol treatment guidelines.  Under these new recommendations nearly 72 million Americans would be eligible for statin therapy.  This seems pretty steep.  New statin guidelines are so drastic that physicians, nurse practitioners and patients alike are calling their credibility into question.  What do you think about the new statin guidelines?  Are they appropriately stringent or unnecessarily placing millions of Americans on prescription medications?

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CDC, NIH Squeezed by Recent Government Shutdown- How Will Flu Season be Affected?

By Bright and Brainy MidlevelU Intern Melanie Chen

The government shutdown has slowed down federal health agencies.  Meanwhile, flu season is just beginning to ramp up while funding for flu vaccines and other diseases continues to drop.

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Providers in Florida Prescribe More Drugs than Providers in Colorado- Why?

Have you heard of The Dartmouth Atlas?  The Dartmouth Atlas is an intriguing report released out of Dartmouth College in order to improve health care.  The report analyzes health care spending and usage in different areas of the country picking up on regional trends.  Last week, The Dartmouth Atlas published an interesting report revealing that prescribing practices among medical providers are vastly different depending on where they practice.  Why?

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In Case You Missed It...U.S. Women Dying Younger Than Their Mothers

Did you catch my Fox News segment on why U.S. women are dying younger than their mothers?  This news study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association is pretty disturbing, especially for females.  While no one is quite sure why women are dying younger, there are a few logical deductions we can make.  

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The Challenge of Integrating Pharmacists Into Primary Healthcare Teams

Do you work closely with a pharmacist?  Recently, the emergency department where I work began placing a pharmacist in the ER.  I have to say, it has come in pretty handy.  Not sure which antibiotic is best for treating a UTI in a patient with renal failure?  Simply spin around in your swivel chair and ask an experienced pharmacist on the spot.  Easy access to a pharmacist is quite a luxury.

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Will Your Patients Stick With You through Healthcare Reform?

October 1st, the designated date for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is rapidly approaching promising to shake up the healthcare system.  Patients, providers, media and members of congress all have differing opinions on how this sweeping law will affect the way we approach medicine.  Experts have speculated about this change for years and the time has come for us to finally see just how the Affordable Care Act will affect our lives as medical providers.  While some consequences of reform remain unclear, one thing is certain- your patients may not be able to keep you as their nurse practitioner. 

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Pay-For-Delay: Patients Win in Supreme Court's Resolution

Did you know that some brand name drug companies pay generic manufacturers to keep cheaper, generic medications off the market?  This practice known as "pay-for-delay" obviously prompts controversy.  Do brand name drug companies have the right to profit at the expense of patients forced to pay higher prices for medications when generic alternatives exist?  Recently, the Supreme Court has taken note of the issue and federal lawmakers are becoming involved in the controversy.  Melanie Chen, resident MidlevelU pharmacy expert, is here to tell us more about the problem.

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