Smoking

Smokers not informed of ways habit can affect wound healing

Smokers not informed of ways habit can affect wound healing

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Exposure to smoke from just one cigarette decreases blood flow to chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. A new study shows the habit's impact on healing is rarely discussed with patients.

Longer use of antidepressant may make it easier to quit smoking

Extended use of bupropion, an antidepressant, may help people quit smoking, according to a new study. Bupropion is sold as Wellbutrin and Zyban.

Smartphones, tablets may help smokers quit

Smartphones and tablets may offer a new way for healthcare providers to help people quit smoking, according to a study from the Columbia University School of Nursing.

What long-term care can learn from CVS

What long-term care can learn from CVS

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Most journalists immediately ask "What's in it for them?" when finding out a big company is doing something that appears moral and draws wide praise. That was certainly true of CVS Caremark's announcement Wednesday that it would stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products on Oct. 1.

Video shows resident left to 'smolder' after catching fire, family charges facility for poor response

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A Chicago nursing and rehabilitation center did not respond adequately when a resident caught on fire while smoking, leading to his death, the man's family has charged.

Nursing home slapped with $1.5 million fine in case over smoking policy enforcement, supervision

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A Virginia nursing home faces a $1.45 million verdict in a negligence suit involving a former resident who sustained severe burns.

You're getting sleepy

You're getting sleepy

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Sleep quality, or a lack thereof, will no doubt be familiar to anyone who has children. Even if without progeny, some of you might relate to the following.

Thank you for not yolking

Thank you for not yolking

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I had a newspaper in one hand and an Egg McMuffin in the other when I got the news, and I dropped them both like they were deadly poison. Canadian researchers have apparently determined that eating an egg yolk is almost as bad for your health as smoking a cigarette

Time for a fire UNDER these caregivers

Time for a fire UNDER these caregivers

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When I embarked upon the working world, it was no surprise to discover that a fair amount of newspaper reporters smoked like chimneys. It was, however, a shock to later work on the grounds of a hospital campus and see laudable healthcare professionals — people who were saving lives! — light up.

LTC facilities struggle with safety versus autonomy

Nursing homes often must strike a balance between respecting residents' safety and their rights, particularly in areas such as smoking and sexuality, researchers report.

Study: U.S. healthcare system to blame for flagging life expectancy rates

Gains in life expectancy for U.S. citizens continue to lag behind those in other countries. Perhaps surprisingly, the usual suspects—obesity, smoking and other factors—are not the cause, according to a new study.

Mortality rates rise in U.S.

Mortality rates in the U.S. have been worsening over the last 20 years. A new report shows that its world rankings have slid during that period.

Nursing students smoke twice as much as general population, Italian survey finds

More than half of nursing students are current or former smokers, according to the results of a recent survey in Italy.

Middle-age smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes raise dementia risk

Those who smoke, or suffer from hypertension or diabetes during their middle-age years have a higher risk of developing dementia later, according to a new study.