ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

July 21, 2014

Recap for Week Ending July 18, 2014: 

New Study Calls Bed-Sharing ‘Extremely Risky’ For Babies Read article here 

Diabetes diagnosed with inexpensive, portable microchip test Read article here

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Worried You May Be Developing Alzheimer’s? Check Your Eyes Read article here

Smell test may detect early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, studies show Read article here

Study Questions the Need to Fast for Cholesterol Test Read article here

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause Read article here

You Asked: Are Calories Created Equal? Read article here

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? Read article here

Finally! Hard Evidence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exercising The Body And The Mind Read article here

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Study: BFFs May Have Similar DNA Read article here

Could the cause of cerebral palsy run in the family? Read article here

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Best hospitals ranked for 2014 Read article here

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was ranked as the best overall hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

Does Sexual Orientation Matter When It Comes to Health? Read article here

What Happens When the Shape and Color of a Generic Pill Changes? Read article here

A Spoonful of Medicine May Put Children at RisRead article here

Niacin May Be Too Risky As Heart Drug, Reports Find Read article here

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Preventive mastectomy does little to extend life of breast cancer patients Read article here

Scientists create ‘biological pacemaker’ inside off-tempo hearts Read article here

New brain protein tied to Alzheimer’s disease Read article here

Chilling new details on cold-storage smallpox Read article here

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Scientific review finds asthma drugs suppress child growth Read article here


Could a single injection stop diabetesRead article here

Hormonal birth control linked to risk of gestational diabetes Read article here

AIDS Experts’ Deaths in Malaysian Air Disaster ‘Great Loss’ for Research Read article here

AIDS Causing Fewer Deaths Among HIV-Positive Patients Read article here

Only 1 in 5 sexually active U.S. teens HIV-tested Read article here

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ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

July 14, 2014

Recap for Week Ending July 11, 2014: 

Could a Simple Blood Test Tell You if You Will Develop Alzheimer’s? Read article here

Could a Simple Blood Test Tell You if You Will Develop Alzheimer’s?

Progesterone-releasing IUD may carry higher risk for breast cancer in certain women Read article here

Two hours of sitting cancels out 20 minutes of exercise, study finds Read article here

Extreme obesity in adults as deadly as smoking, study says Read article here

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Combining patches, meds effective in quitting smoking Read article here

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Doctors Urge End of ‘Black Box’ Warning on Antidepressants Read article here

Psychiatric drugs cause nearly 90,000 ER visits annually Read article here

Hospitals Underusing Keyhole Surgery, Study Finds Read article here


Teens Are Spending a Ton of Time In Front of Screens, CDC Says Read article here


Forgotten vials of smallpox virus found Read article here

ADHD classified into 3 types based on kids’ personalities Read article here


Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreens for kids Read article here

‘Bleak picture’ for mentally ill: 80% are jobless Read article here


White House targets heroin, painkillers in 2014 drug control policy Read article here

Hot weather, climate change may raise risk of painful kidney stones Read article here

Don’t Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back Read article here

Don't Blame Bad Weather for Your Aching Back

Why your medical condition may be named after a food Read article here


Doctors should be more vocal in recommending flu shots during pregnancy, researchers say Read article here

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Lung Societies Warn About Unknowns of e-Cigarettes Read article here

Doctors have ‘ethical obligation’ to protect athletes from concussion Read article here

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Signs of Infection Seen in Child Believed to Have Been Cured of H.I.V. Read article here

Test vaccine for dengue fever seen as promising Read article here

Behind air-tight doors in a lab in a southern French city, scientists in protective coveralls wage war against a fingernail-sized danger. Lurking in net cages is their foe: the Asian tiger mosquito, capable of spreading dengue fever and other tropical diseases in temperate Europe. First spotted in Albania in 1979, the black-and-white striped invader has gained a foothold on Europe's Mediterranean rim and is advancing north and west, according to captors' reports. Colonies are established in 20 European countries, in moderate climes as far north as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. "The risk of disease is very low but it is growing," entomologist Jean-Baptiste Ferre told AFP at France's leading mosquito-control institute. "The more mosquitoes there are, the higher the risk." The Asian tiger mosquito -- Latin name Aedes albopictus -- can spread many kinds of viruses. They include dengue, which can result in a deadly haemorrhagic fever, as well as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis and a painful disease of the joints called chikungunya. A. albopictus transmits the virus by taking blood from a sick person and handing on the pathogen the next time it takes a meal. The worry is that the insect will spread disease in Europe by biting infected people arriving from tropical countries where the viruses are endemic. In 2007, the tiger mosquito caused a home-grown outbreak in Italy of chikungunya, and in 2010, 10 locally-transmitted cases of dengue occurred in Croatia. That same year, two cases of each disease surfaced in southern France, prompting the alarm bells to ring loudly. From Montpellier, Ferre and his colleagues at the Entente Interdepartementale pour la Demoustication en Mediterranee (EID) monitor the spread with some 1,500 traps dotted around France, luring mosquitoes to lay their eggs. These provide insights into how A. albopictus is adapting to European life, with its varied habitats and cooler climate. Ferre points to maps that begin in 2004, when a tiny red dot represented the first settling of albopictus in France around Menton, near the Italian border. Year by year, the dot grows into red tentacles that probe north and west. The insect has a flight range of only about 200 metres (yards), so it hitch-hikes a ride in cars, trucks and traded goods. With climate change, "further expansion is probable," the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases warned this year. That assessment is supported by scientists at Britain's University of Liverpool who point to warming trends in the Balkans and northwestern Europe. Asian tiger mosquitoes are aggressive and robust, able to breed prolifically in their short, 10-day lives. Feeding during the day, they can bite several people in quick succession, and their offspring can hatch even after long periods without water. Worse, the insect is a stealthy urban dweller. It does not need large, open bodies of water to reproduce, for it can lay its eggs in small, water-holding receptacles such as flowerpots, toys and blocked gutters, and this makes it much harder to fight. Since May this year, surveillance in France has thrown up 267 suspected dengue and chikungunya cases among people who had arrived from abroad, said EID project coordinator Gregory Lambert. The institute sometimes launches pre-emptive strikes if this can prevent the mosquitoes from spreading disease locally. It orders out insecticide trucks that spray streets in a 200-metre (650-foot) radius around the area where a case is notified. The operations take place before dawn, while most people are still in bed. "The imperative is to kill the mosquitoes before they transmit the disease," said Lambert. The war is unrelenting. "It is impossible to kill them all," said Anna-Bella Failloux of France's Pasteur Institute, one of the world's top centres for infectious disease. "Even if there is no mosquito around you, you still have eggs somewhere, waiting for the next rain."

Vasectomy linked to aggressive prostate cancer Read article here

A Little Alcohol May Not Be Good for Your Heart After All Read article here

‘Significant link’ between psychological stress and stroke Read article here

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ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

July 7, 2014

Recap for Week Ending July 4, 2014: 

​Your Doctor Knows You’re Killing Yourself. The Data Brokers Told Her Read article here


Inhalable insulin for diabetes wins FDA approval Read article here

It may take guts to cure diabetes: Human GI cells retrained to produce insulin Reada rticle here

It may take guts to cure diabetes

Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone Read article here

Politicians’ Prescriptions for Marijuana Defy Doctors and Data Read article here

Heart Of The Matter: Treating The Disease Instead Of The Person Read article here

Supply won’t meet growing demand for primary care Read article here

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The first thing to do for a heat stroke victim Read article here

Medical Boards Draft Plan to Ease Path to Out-of-State and Online Treatment Read article here

So Long, Stirrups? Doctors Group Nixes Routine Pelvic Exams Read article here

Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously. Read article here

CDC tests suggest anthrax exposures ‘highly unlikely’ Read article here

Picking Up Healthy Habits After Age 30 Could Help Reverse Heart Disease Risk Read article here

Sleep THIS Long To Keep Your Brain From Aging Faster Read article here

Half of all American adults have a chronic disease – CDC Read article here

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Painkiller prescription rates vary widely among states Read article here


Ebola virus: Can nations stop deadliest ever outbreak from spreading? Read article here

Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True Read article here

The heart beats in a mouse embryo grown with stem cells made from blood. Now the research that claimed a simple acid solution could be used to create those cells has been retracted.

Violence Has Replaced Infectious Disease As The Leading Killer Of People Under 30 Read article here


‘So Personal’: Waiting List Begins for Face, Limb Transplants Read article here

The Price of Prevention: Vaccine Costs Are Soaring Read article here

Pediatric cancer survivors face lifetime of health challenges Read article here

How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow Read article here

The 10 Most In-Demand Career Specialties In Health Care Read article here

Happy Birthday America!

July 4, 2014

Enjoy the holiday and be safe! Happy 4th of July!!


ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

June 30, 2014

Recap for Week Ending June 27, 2014: 

If you don’t snooze, you lose, health experts say Read article here

U.S. government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach Read article here

Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries Read article here

Shortage Of Saline Solution Has Hospitals On Edge Read article here

Study: Women Who Give Birth Later Live Longer Read article here

New Study May Explain Why Stress Can Cause Heart Attacks Read article here

FDA Orders Testosterone Supplement Makers To Include Blood Clot Warnings Read article here

How a smartphone could prevent falls Read article here


Routine vitamin D testing not justified, panel says Read article here


Sarah Murnaghan Case Prompts Permanent Lung Transplant Policy Tweak Read article here

Lifetime of learning may help prevent dementia Read article here

Warning Unheeded, Heart Drugs Are Recalled Read article here

Lung cancer study of why young, healthy are stricken Read article here

Brain implant restores control of paralyzed muscles Read article here

Death or immobility often follows hip fractures in nursing homes Read article here

Many Kids with Persistent Coughs Have Whooping Cough Read article here

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Acne products can cause harmful side effects, FDA warns Read article here

Few Doctors Warn Expectant Mothers About Environmental Hazards Read article here

Federal panel recommends flu spray vaccine for children Read article here

Low-dose aspirin may reduce pancreatic cancer risk Read article here

Your Doctor Knows You’re Killing Yourself. The Data Brokers Told Her Read article here

Hospitals Seen Viewing Donuts-to-Cigarette Purchases for Health

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to High Blood Pressure Read article here

Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone Read article here

FDA struggles to regulate fecal transplants Read article here

New Blood Test Predicts Risk Of Non-Hereditary Breast Cancer Read article here

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Do Teething Babies Need Medicine on Their Gums? No Read article here

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Drinking behind 1 in 10 deaths of working-age adults Read article here

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ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

June 23, 2014

Recap for Week Ending June 20, 2014: 

‘Bionic Pancreas’ Astonishes Diabetes Researchers Read article here

ADA Revises Blood Sugar Level Target for Type 1 Diabetics Read article here

Whooping cough reaches epidemic level in California Read article here

Health survey ranks U.S. last among rich peers Read article here

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New clues to skin cancer development show sunscreen is not enough Read article here

New clues to skin cancer development show sunscreen is not enough

Caffeine’s effect on teens influenced by gender Read article here

Chikungunya coming to the US? What you need to know about the virus Read article here

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Drug-dependent babies challenge doctors, politicians Read article here


Too much sitting may raise risk for certain cancers, study finds Read article here

Washing raw chicken increases risk for food poisoning Read article here

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt Read article here

Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital Read article here

Tiny robotic arm could operate on babies in the womb Read article here

New Vaccine ‘Reprograms’ Pancreatic Tumor To Make It More Responsive To Immunotherapy Read article here


Cholesterol-busting compound may halt breast cancer Read article here

Vitamin D: A Key to a Longer Life? Read article here

Vitamin D: A Key to a Longer Life?

 How Fecal Transplant Eases Tough Infection Read article here

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Can MRIs Diagnose ADHD? Read article here

A Stroke Diagnosis via Selfie Read article here

In Single Gene, a Path to Fight Heart Attacks Read article here

As sequencing moves into clinical use, insurers balk Read article here

Mystery Birth Defect Cluster: Is Diet to Blame? Read article here

Warnings Against Antidepressants For Teens May Have Backfired Read article here

What Doctors Should Say When Patients Want a Miracle Read article here

How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care Read article here

U.S. says government lab workers possibly exposed to anthrax Read article here

A microscopic picture of spores and vegetative cells of Bacillus anthracis which causes the disease anthrax is pictured in this undated file photograph. REUTERS/Files

Consumer group urges hospitals to stop ‘unethical’ health screenings Read article here

Testosterone Products to Get Venous Blood Clot Warning Read article here



IV Chat this week…

June 18, 2014

No IVchat this week.

IVchat will be taking a break during the summer! In the meantime, check our weekly post – “ICYMI: Chat Worthy Recap” !! Enjoy the summer and thank you for your support!


ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

June 16, 2014
Recap for Week Ending June 13, 2014: 
Hospitals Put Pharmacists In the ER To Cut Medication Errors Read article here
Hospitals Push Bundled Care as the Billing Plan of the Future Read article here
The Health-Care Industry Is Pushing Patients to Help Themselves Read article here
Killing a Patient to Save His Life Read article here
Prostate cancer diagnosis may be more accurate with semen test Read article here
Insufficient exercise may compromise survival rates for breast cancer patients Read article here
New SIDS Registry Tracks Clues to Infant Deaths Read article here
Infant formula makers must test for germs and nutrients, health officials rule Read article here
Study puts a price tag on the lifetime cost of autism Read article here
Higher levels of statins linked to diabetes Read article here
Massive Autism Genome Database Finds Home on Google’s Cloud Read article here
Mole Check: Surprising New Sign of Breast Cancer Risk Read article here
Could red meat consumption increase breast cancer risk? Read article here
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Could a diet higher in protein reduce the risk of stroke? Read article here
29 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 4 don’t know it Read article here
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Health Officials Call for More Fish in Diets of Children and Pregnant Women Read article here
Group offers six recommendations for eating and cancer prevention Read article here
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This App Could Help You Avoid Spending Your Whole Vacation In The Bathroom Read article here
Many STDs May Go Undiagnosed, U.S. Report Finds Read article here
Scientist Makes Mutant, Infectious Flu Virus in Lab Read article here
More states report cases of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus Read article here 
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Mind-controlled exoskeleton kicks off World Cup Read article here

CDC: Two ‘sproutbreaks’ sicken more than 70 people Read article here

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Missouri firm recalls beef for ‘remote’ mad cow risk Read article here


Bad News for BBQ: Hot Dogs May Raise Heart Disease Risk Read article here

Too Little Vitamin D May Be A Bigger Problem Than Too Much Read article here

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14 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time Read article here


ICYMI: “Chat-Worthy” News Recap

June 9, 2014

Recap for Week Ending June 6, 2014: 

The FDA now lets you search through America’s medicinal mistakes Read article here

Children near Boston Marathon bombing exhibited symptoms of PTSD, study finds Read article here

More Americans surviving cancer than ever Read article here

Could A Lung Cancer Breath Test Save Lives? Read article here

New Lung Cancer Breath Test May Lower Death Rate

Drug helps breast cancer patients preserve fertility Read article here

Breast Cancer Gene Also Causes Lung Cancer Read article here

Severe sunburns early in life linked to higher melanoma risk Read article here

Skin cancer trial results ‘exciting’ Read article here

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Fighting Back: Patient’s Own Immune Cells Tackle Cervical Cancer Read article here

New approach to treating prostate cancer may boost survival Read article here

New drug regimen ‘reduces early menopause risk’ for breast cancer patients Read article here

What Is Breast Cancer?

The Serious Heart Risks That Come With Chemo Read article here

Green Tea Lowers Risk of Pancreatic Cancer, Study Read article here

[Some Antibiotics Linked With Increased Colon Cancer Risk 

Patients with terminal illnesses benefit from stopping statins Read article here


Google Glass Enters the Operating Room Read article here

Dr. Christopher Kaeding, an orthopedic surgeon at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, performing an A.C.L. operation while wearing Google Glass.

Gender may affect the way people feel pain Read article here

See doctor before heading to the World Cup, health officials advise Read article here


Low blood pressure later in life doesn’t mean you’re free of vascular-related dementia Read article here

Food poisoning? It was likely a restaurant worker, says CDC Read article here

Food poisoning? It was likely a restaurant worker, says CDC

Health providers slowly embrace drug Truvada to prevent HIV Read article here

FDA approves drug to treat MRSA Read article here

Boy’s Mysterious Infection Cured After DNA Sequencing Read article here

Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans Read article here

Pot Isn’t Harmless, Top U.S. Health Official Says Read article here


Severe hunger can have lasting effects for gut health, study finds Read article here


Yes, It Was a Nasty Flu Year, CDC Confirms Read article here

Cancer Hospitals Make Gene Tests a New Standard for Care Read article here

Dirty baby, healthy baby? Filth may cut allergies Read article here
41 Superfoods, Ranked By How Healthy They Are Read article here
Why are older women more vulnerable to breast cancer? New clues Read article here


IVchat this week June 4 8PM ET

June 3, 2014

This week’s IVchat will be on Wednesday June 4 at 8pm ET. This will be the last IVchat before our summer hiatus.

If you haven’t been to an IVchat lately, here’s a recap of the changes:

Format – #IVchat was on Twitter only which, as we have been told, excluded those on Facebook and other social media to participate in our regular IVchats. In addition, we also heard that many of our twitter followers are not too happy with the numerous tweets on their timelines during the chat hour. We listened and we are using a stand alone chat room for #IVchat.

You can join IVchat here:  http://www.chatzy.com/47484529648091 

Click on the link and you will be able to join the chat room. If using a mobile device, your browser should adjust to view chatroom in mobile mode. There is also an app you can use on Android called ChatzyFree.

Topics – many of our followers want to discuss specific infusion nursing / vascular access topics such as PICCs, central venous access, etc. Lately, we found that an open discussion or Q&A on these topics was well accepted. The chat will be moderated by @infusionnurse. The topic will be ” PIV and Infections “.

What stayed the same: #IVchat is a global on line chat for RN’s and other health care providers involved in the specialty practice of infusion therapy, infusion nursing and vascular access.

Come join us because…You know you want to be in the room where “great ideas” are discussed!!




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