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Prostate cancer radiation therapy without fatigue? Nursing researcher seeks answers to common side effect

Fatigue from prostate cancer and its treatment can be debilitating.

The symptom, which can’t be relieved with rest, can lead to increased depression, impaired cognitive function, sleep disturbance and health-related quality-of-life issues.

To treat—and ultimately prevent—cancer-related fatigue, Case Western Reserve University cancer researcher Chao-Pin Hsiao will develop and test a novel mechanism of mitochondrial bioenergetics and radiation-induced fatigue using molecular-genetic approaches. The research is supported with a $272,970 grant from National Institute of Nursing Research (K01NR015246).

Read more on The Daily.

Study finds men can benefit from pelvic exercises after prostate cancer treatment

Men with urinary leaks from surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer can benefit from “Kegel” exercises known for treating incontinence in women after giving birth, according to a Case Western Reserve University study.

About 30 percent of prostate cancer patients nationally are affected by incontinence a year after surgery, and another 14 percent still feel the effects after five years, said Amy Y. Zhang, associate professor from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve.

Read more about Zhang's research in the fall 2015 issue of Forefront magazine and on The Daily.

CWRU wins NIH grant to help families make health-care decisions with avatar-based software

A new $2.48 million federal grant will allow researchers at Case Western Reserve University to revise and test the effectiveness of an interactive avatar-based technology that helps users make end-of-life decisions well in advance of an emergency.

Each year, millions of Americans are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), which can trigger a cascade of difficult decisions about treatment and end-of-life care, especially for patients with chronic illnesses. But more than half of ICU patients haven’t documented their end-of-life preferences in any formal way, such as with a living will or medical power of attorney.

“What this does is put their loved ones in very uncomfortable positions,” said Ronald Hickman Jr., an associate professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an acute-care nurse practitioner. “It can be an intimidating situation, so people often default to clinicians and later regret doing so.”

Read more on The Daily.

How the time change can affect your body

What are the affects of "falling back" on your body? There are biological changes in your brain, due to the shorter days in the winter months.

To combat this, Elizabeth G. Damato, PhD, RN, CPNP, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, says, to get your dose of sunshine. The light helps people adjust to the time change.

"Set your clocks back before you go to bed, so that you'll actually go to sleep an hour before you usually would," she says. "Then, tomorrow morning you'll start to feel like you got that extra hour of sleep." Because the sun will probably already be up by the time people get out of bed on Sunday, it will feel natural to be awake.

Watch on wkyc.com.

Case Western Reserve University receives $1.17 million grant to encourage nursing students to enter PhD program

Case Western Reserve University has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to prepare 20 African-American and Hispanic nurses to pursue doctorate degrees in nursing.

The Bridges to the Doctorate training program will allow students in the master's in science of nursing program at Cleveland State University and Ursuline College to enter CWRU's PhD program.

"Hospitals serve people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, and more nurses from underrepresented groups targeted in this project are needed to reflect the patient population," says Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Independence Foundation Professor. "And that starts with having a more diverse faculty that can serve as role models for future nurses."

Read more on cleveland.com. Learn more about the Bridges to the Doctorate program.

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  • Rebecca Darrah, PhD, assistant professor and assistant genetic counseling program director, received a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for her research, Repairing CFTR Genetic Mutations for Research Tools and Therapeutics-Research
  • Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor, was selected for induction as a Fellow and Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academies of Practice in the Nursing Academy
  • Stephanie Steiner, MSN, RN, ACNP, director of the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing, was voted onto the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) Board of Directors
  • Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN , Independence Foundation Professor , received an R25 Research Education Grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health for her project, "Bridges to the Doctorate in Nursing for Northeastern Ohio."
  • Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC , associate professor, received an R01 Research Grant from the National Institute Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, for his project, "A Clinical Trial of Decision Support for End of Life Care Among Surrogate Decision Makers of the Chronically Critically Ill."
  • Donna Dowling, PhD, RN, professor, received the Distinguished Service in Neonatal Nursing Award from The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).

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  • Madigan, E. A. (2015). Partnering with home health care agencies to improve care transitions. Nursing Management, 46, 8, 6-8.
  • Raunick, C, Lindell, D, Morris, D., & Backman, T (2015) “Vicarious trauma among sexual assault nurse examiners”. The Journal of Forensic Nursing. CE Feature.11:3 (123-128). DOI: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000085
  • Susan S. Xie, Carly M. Goldstein, Emily C. Gathright, John Gunstad, Mary A. Dolansky, Joseph Redle, Joel W. Hughes. Performance of the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM) in detecting cognitive impairment in heart failure patients . Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Volume 44, Issue 5, September–October 2015, Pages 387-394. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2015.07.002

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