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The Dramatic Progress in The Fight Against AIDS

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: ChiLam Ly (Flickr)

Photo by: ChiLam Ly (Flickr)

As I look back on the AIDS pandemic over the last 32 years, I'm amazed at how far we have come in finding treatments for this horrible disease. Clinically discovered in 1981, and classified by the CDC in 1982, AIDS has claimed around 30 million lives throughout the world. AIDS, itself, remains incurable, although we are on the verge of some breakthroughs, and we do have medicines to try to hold the disease at bay. HIV, the virus responsible for AIDS, is manageable with certain drug therapies. The healthcare industry and nonprofit organizations worldwide have made dramatic progress in the fight against AIDS. Here's how.


Moderating Holiday Calories

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Aubrey (Flickr)

Photo by: Aubrey (Flickr)

As nurses, people turn to us for advice on a number of healthcare issues, and one of the most common problems people face is how to maintain a healthy weight. The issue of avoiding weight gain is particularly prevalent during the Holiday season, when goodies and alcohol flow in excess. ‘Tis the season for candy, cookies, cakes, pies, parties, champagne, and some delicious traditional food; we all fall victim to the holiday bulge.


Avoiding Weight Gain After Knee Surgery

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Lab2112 (Flickr)

Photo by: Lab2112 (Flickr)

Recovering from knee surgery can be a long and arduous process, but replacing the joint is far better than suffering from the debilitating pain behind the need for surgery in the first place. Reasons for knee surgery may vary, but patients recovering from the procedure all have one thing in common: Knee surgery patients have a propensity to gain weight after their joint has been replaced. This is bad news. Putting on the pounds not only opens the patient up to variety of weight-related health issues, it also puts additional stress on the new joint.


The Scoop on the Registered Nurse Staffing Bill

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: British Red Cross (Flickr)

Photo by: British Red Cross (Flickr)

In recent posts, I've talked briefly about the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013. This important Act has the potential to save lives, so I'd like to take a moment to discuss the legislation in more detail. Serious circumstances brought about this bill, and we can only hope that Congress will understand how critical it is to pass it. What is the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013? Allow me to give you the scoop on this industry-changing legislation.


The 411 on Medical Mobile Apps

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Julie70 (Flickr)

Photo by: Julie70 (Flickr)

Nurses understand that the healthcare industry is one of constant change. The technology behind how we diagnose and treat our patients is groundbreaking, and we must continue our nursing education on a regular basis to ensure we are always up to date on our industry's latest technological advancements. It might come as a surprise to some of you, but mobile devices are proving to be at the cutting edge of medical technology, and the FDA is ramping up to regulate some medical mobile apps designed to make the future of nursing much easier.


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