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CEUfast Blog: Infectious Diseases

The Invention of Soap & How it Can Save a Life

From an early age, you are taught one of the most essential lessons of hygiene – washing your hands. You are taught to wash your hands before you eat, after using the restroom, after playing outside i . . .

The Evolution of PPE

The recent shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) have stretched across the globe and have brought to light the important role these items play to workers that spend most of their time in ha . . .

Heroes on the Frontline of the Pandemic

While many Americans, and people around the world, have been asked to stay home in self-isolation to combat the ever-spreading coronavirus or COVID-19, healthcare workers have been placed on the front . . .

History’s Deadliest Viruses Illustrated to Scale

See how the world's deadliest viruses compare in size, death toll, mortality rate and more. Includes the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Chinese Coronavirus: Know the Facts & Stay Protected

If you’ve been paying attention to the national news lately, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard someone talking about the Chinese Coronavirus. It’s a potentially deadly virus that has sickened mo . . .

Hepatitis A Outbreak: What you need to know

The recent number of Hepatitis A cases reported in the state of Florida has escalated dramatically over the past year with over 3,100 confirmed cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. Fr . . .

The Past, Present & Future of Dealing with HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS epidemic, 30 years ago, was an interesting time filled with much uncertainty for people working in the healthcare industry. At the time, there was little known about what exactly caused t . . .

Parkinson’s Disease: Signs, Risks and Treatments

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that primarily affects the part of your brain that’s responsible for movement, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. People living with this disea . . .

Tri-Specific Antibodies Leading Researchers to HIV Prevention and Treatment

In September of 2017 scientist engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains. With this discovery, the potential for preventing or suppressing the HIV infection is closer to becoming a realit . . .

6 Myths You've Heard About Diabetes

More than 30 million people are living with diabetes, a chronic disease where there is a high level of sugar in the blood. Of those millions, nearly 28 percent do not know they even have this disease . . .

Breaking the Chain of Infection

According to the CDC, 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one healthcare - associated infection on any given day.

Lyme Disease Cases On the Rise in the Northeast

A rising mice population results in a surge in the number of Lyme disease cases diagnosed.

Eating around Gluten: Navigating Celiac Disease

Although gluten free may be a household term, most aren’t aware why such a need for wheat-free products exists and why it’s important for those living with celiac disease to manage its effects.

Recognizing Patients who are Bipolar

A new day, a new patient; no two patients are ever the same. In fact, one patient might not seem like the same person from one moment to the next. While it can be something as simple as a temporary re . . .

How Coffee Helps (and Harms) Nurses

One thing that nurses always need more of is time, but it’s a limited commodity that’s not for sale and you can’t get it back. So many of us make up for it with hard work and long hours energized by o . . .

Nurses Are Key in HIV/AIDs Treatment

A lot has changed since the HIV epidemic hit the United States in the 1980s, but nurses have always been at the helm of treating these patients since the beginning. Nurses have worked all over the U . . .

So Nurses Know: The Latest Developments with the Zika Virus

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a global health emergency. As of May, 49 countries reported new infections and the number of Zika cases are continuously rising, particul . . .

Nearly a Quarter of Seniors Leave Hospitals With Superbugs on Their Hands

The Center For Disease Control says about 2 million people get sick from a superbug each year and 23,000 die from super bugs. So imagine how frightening it is to learn that 1 in 4 senior citizen pat . . .

Zika, Sexual Transmission and Brain Damaged Babies: Don’t Be Alarmed, Be Informed

As health professionals, many have heard a lot of buzz about the Zika Virus. It’s a disease that’s not exactly new, but the details as to “where” the virus is showing up and “how” it’s transmitted tr . . .

Open Conversation: Can We Tackle the Hand Washing Crisis in Health Care?

Hospitals across the nation are filled with some of the most educated, brightest minds in medicine. So sometimes, it’s a bit baffling that something as simple as washing hands is a huge problem for ma . . .

Great Snacks to Keep Diabetes at Bay

As nurses, you dedicate your lives to taking care of others, so you know first-hand just how easy it is to ignore your own health and make poor food choices.

A Nurse's Checklist For Donning and Doffing Procedures

In a continued effort to keep nurses safe when treating patients with Ebola, the Center for Disease Control recently updated their personal protective equipment procedures.

Nurses: Feeling Unprepared To Handle Ebola? Education is Key

When the 2014 outbreak of Ebola began to wreak havoc in West Africa back in February, multiple reports stated that health care givers attempting to treat patients became infected with the disease them . . .

CEUFast Course Overview: Infection Control and Barrier Precautions

If you are practicing medicine in New York state, you are required to take infection control courses every four years at a minimum.

A Guide to Understanding Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is an incurable form of dementia that progressively becomes worse and eventually leads to death. The disease typically affects seniors over the age of 65, but may strike those youn . . .

The Dramatic Progress in The Fight Against AIDS

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