News Round-Up – November 9

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News Round-up is a collection of the most newsworthy and interesting  links we?ve come across from various news sites and blogs that covers news related to nursing and other medical professions, healthcare, health & fitness and the industry relating to scrubs ? and beyond!

Health Minister Scrubs Up To Deliver Baby

“The minister, who last practised medicine 16 years ago, scrubbed up in the main theatre at Mankweng Hospital, near Polokwane, Limpopo, to mark the day the world’s population reached 7billion.”

Toyota Debuts “Robot Nurses” To Aid The Disabled

“Robots will be standing by to help paralyzed patients and the elderly walk….The robots, designed to provide support in nursing and health care, are expected to be available for sale in 2013.”

Nurses Who Can’t Shake Drug Addictions Prompt Call For Improved Licensing Alerts

The change would address the current situation that allows chronic offenders to keep treating patients without regulators being aware of the potential dangers.

Cystic Fibrosis Enjoy Dramatic Health Boost Thanks To Pioneering Drug

“It found the drug improved lung function, helped with normal growth and weight gain and had fewer side-effects than the placebo – suggesting it is safe.”

As Listeria Death Toll Hits 29, Question Becomes: When Will It End?

The good news: “It appears to be tapering,” says CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell.¬† Still, she said, there’s “no way to project when an outbreak is going to be over.”

Prolonged Sitting May Increase Risk Certain Of Cancers

“This gives us some idea of the cancers we could prevent by getting people to be more active,” said epidemiologist Christine Friedenreich of Alberta Health Services in Calgary,¬†Canada. ?This is a conservative estimate. The more physical activity you do, the lower your risk of these cancers.”

Are You Smarter Than A Nursing Leader? (via Nurse Ratched’s Place — a really great nursing blog that we love here at Tafford)

“Now don?t get me wrong, I?m not anti-education. Having a nursing degree will give you a competitive edge if you want to go into certain fields, but it won?t automatically endow you with super powers, or give you leadership skills. Leaders have vision, clarity, and stubborn perseverance. I find it humorous, in a sad way, that so-called nursing leaders just don?t get it.”

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