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Housework keeps older adults ‘physically and emotionally fit’Kathy Wright

Researchers tested a theory called House’s Conceptual Framework for Understanding Social Inequalities in Health and Aging – considered a blueprint for understanding how different factors influence an older person’s health.

The study’s 337 participants, aged 65-94, had at least one chronic condition. They also had physical restrictions that prevented them from doing at least one basic daily task, such as bathing and dressing, and were unable to manage responsibilities like taking medicines, handling finances or accessing transportation.

The researchers, from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Nursing, linked geographic and socioeconomic information on the neighbourhoods in which the participants lived with health data.

Lead study author Kathy D. Wright, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC, instructor and KL2 Scholar, said she was surprised to find that housework and maintaining property affected the participants’ physical and mental wellbeing more than factors such as neighbourhood or income.

Read more on The Nursing Times.


Nursing’s Irena Kenneley to talk about vaccinations at final Public Affairs Discussion GroupKenneley

Irena Kenneley, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, CIC, an associate professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, will lead the next Public Affairs Discussion Group on Friday, April 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Kelvin Smith Library’s Dampeer Room. The topic of Kenneley’s discussion will be “Avoiding Vaccinations: Reason and Consequences.”

Adults avoiding flu vaccines is an old story. But, increasingly, adults are preventing their children from being immunized for other diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. Measles was declared “eliminated” in the United States in 2000. But in 2014 there were over 600 cases. Those were largely related to unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio and travelers from the Philippines. But there have also been occasional outbreaks related to other unvaccinated groups. This year, about 140 people were infected in an outbreak related to visits to Disneyland in California. The California Department of Public Health reported on April 17 that the outbreak is over, but noted the risk of further outbreaks when high numbers of unvaccinated foreign tourists mix with a California population that also has significant gaps in vaccination rates.

Read more on The Daily.


Hong Kong BSN Exchange Students Meet the Mayor

BSN exchange students from Hong Kong met with the Mayor of Cleveland Frank G. Jackson at City Hall. The students, who visited the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing for two weeks, attended a city council meeting, and toured City Hall with Dennis "Coach" Harris, director of School-Based Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs at Case Western Reserve University.


HIV patients may soon be prescribed home exercise in addition to antiretroviral medications to help ward off chronic illnessesWebel

In addition to antiretroviral medications, people with HIV may soon begin receiving a home exercise plan from their doctors, according to Allison Webel, PhD, RN, assistant professor of nursing.

“People with HIV are developing secondary chronic illnesses earlier and more frequently than their non-HIV counterparts,” said Webel. “And heart disease is one for which they are especially at risk.”

With the long-term goal of creating a new evidence-based, home-exercise intervention that doctors can share with HIV patients, researchers from Case Western Reserve, Kent State University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center wanted to first find out whether people with HIV even exercise at home. They recruited 102 HIV patients to study their weekly exercise habits and found that most did exercise, but not intensely enough.

Read more on think and The Daily.


Annie Wennerberg Named UAA Softball Athlete of the WeekWennerberg

Annie Wennerberg, sophomore BSN student, was named University Athletic Association Softball Hitter of the Week for the week ending March 29 as announced by the league office.

Wennerberg batted .600 (6-for-10) with four home runs, nine runs scored, and 12 runs batted in as the Spartans went 4-0 to extend their winning streak to seven games. She hit four home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Mount Union. Her third home run of the first game was a game-winning two-run shot in the sixth inning to complete a four-run inning in a 9-8 Spartan comeback victory.

Read more on CWRU Athletics.


Discontinuing statin therapy for patients with life-limiting illnesses is found safe and beneficialWebel

Maryjo Prince-Paul, an assistant professor of nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and other researchers in palliative care can now answer questions from patients with terminal illnesses about stopping statin medications.

Research published in the JAMA Internal Medicine article, “Safety and Benefit of Discontinuing Statin Therapy in the Setting of Advanced, Life-Limiting Illness A Randomized Clinical Trial,” provides Prince-Paul, other palliative-care nurses and health-care providers with the first scientific evidence that it’s okay for patients with cancer, heart disease and other life-limiting illnesses to stop taking statin medications, or at least begin conversations about making that choice.

Prince-Paul, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, FPCN, was among a team of doctors, palliative-care nurses, social workers and statisticians from 15 Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group member sites nationally that recruited and collected data for the major National Institute of Nursing Research-funded study.

Read more on think.


Study finds more weight-loss approaches needed for people with neurological disabilitiesDecker

A review of nutrition and weight-loss interventions for people with impaired mobility found strategies are sorely lacking for people with neurological disabilities, according to a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.

Interventions are overwhelmingly geared toward muscular disorders, leaving a gap in approaches that could help people with neurological disabilities become more active, eat healthier and lose weight, they conclude.

Unhealthy eating and lack of exercise can lead to weight gain that increases the likelihood of developing other illnesses, such as diabetes and heart problems. Such ailments, in turn, present additional challenges for people to engage in healthy behaviors, said Matthew Plow, assistant professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Read more on The Daily.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN, the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing; Associate Dean for Research, received a grant award for "Multiple Chronic Conditions: Interdisciplinary Nurse Scientist Training," from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.
  • Laura Distelhorst, MSN, RN, instructor, received funding from the Ohio Nurses Foundation for her project, "Pediatric Nurses' Knowledge of Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants."
  • Evanne Juratovac, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, assistant professor, received an Alumni Legacy Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health.
  • Ana Laura Solano López, PhDc, BSN, RN, doctoral student, received an award from the Alumni Association of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing for her study, "The Relationships Among Body Awareness, Self-Regulation, Self-Management, and Blood Pressure in Adults with Hypertension."
  • Allison Webel, PhD, RN, assistant professor, received an ACES+ ADVANCE Opportunity Grant from Case Western Reserve for "Improving Exercise and Cardiometabolic Fitness in HIV-Infected Adults: Dissemination of Findings."
  • Michael J. Decker, PhD, RN, RRT, Diplomate ABSM, associate professor, received an award from the Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative at CWRU for "Biologic Determinants of Exercise-Mediated Symptom Reduction in Chronic Fatigue."
  • Lenette M. Jones, PhD, ACNS-BC, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Nursing, received the MNRS Self-Care Research Dissertation Award for "Reducing Disparities in Hypertension among African-American Women through Understanding Information Seeking and Information Use."
  • Norman Carl Swart, PhD student, received a conference scholarship from the International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC), covering all expenses for the July conference. Swart's abstract was also accepted.

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