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NCCN, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, NCCN Foundation, NCCN Guidelines for Patients, NCCN Leadership, Cancer, Oncology, Patient Navigation, Patient Education

NCCN Foundation Board Names New Leadership


Gena Cook, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Navigating Cancer, and Heather Kopecky, PhD, MBA, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry, have been named Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors.



catheter-associated urinary tract infection, Healthcare quality indicators, Healthcare-acquired conditions, Hospital-acquired pressure injury, Hospital-acquired pressure ulcer, Specialty certification

Reduced Risk of Pressure Injuries at Hospitals with Nurses Certified in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care

Hospitals that employ nurses who have specialty certification in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) care have lower rates of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs), reports a study in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. Official journal of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®) Society, the Journal of WOCN® is published by Wolters Kluwer.



Breastfeeding, Child Health, Legislation, Maternal Health, Patient Education

Overcoming Workplace Barriers to Breastfeeding – Review and Recommendations in the Nurse Practitioner

For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed—and the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in helping to overcome those obstacles—are the topic of a special article in The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.



University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Penn Nursing Science, Penn Nursing, Terri Lipman, Community Engagement

Community Champions: Collaborating with Communities Strengthens Nursing and Leadership Skills


Service learning is a pedagogical approach that has proven valuable in helping undergraduate nursing students better understand specific needs of diverse populations and gives them opportunities to apply their knowledge to meet those needs. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) has provided its students with dynamic service learning opportunities since 2014 though a unique student-established program called Community Champions, featured in a recent article published online in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.



Insurance, Insurance Coverage, insurance costs, Finance, Personal Finance

Avoiding Common Insurance Mistakes — Advice from an Actuary




Radiation Therapy, Anxiety, Prostate Cancer, Virtual Reality, Patient Education

Virtual Environment Education Reduces Anxiety Prior to Radiation Therapy in Prostate Cancer Patients

Radiation therapists and physicians know that education can reduce anxiety before radiation treatment but lack a standardized tool. In an effort to solve this problem, a multidisciplinary team from Jefferson College of Health Professions and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University conducted a pilot study to see if a virtual environment education program could reduce some of the anxiety their patients face. They published their results in the Journal of Radiation Oncology.



Industrial Engineering, Philanthrophy

Penn State Mourns the Loss of Businessman and Philanthropist Harold Marcus


Harold “Hal” Marcus, a 1949 Penn State graduate and retired industrial engineer turned real estate entrepreneur, died on March 18 at his home in Olympia, Washington, at the age of 89.



Malaria, Malaria Research, Cerebral Malaria

Penn State Develops First of a Kind Model to Research Post-Malaria Epilepsy


A first of its kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children and to the prevention of seizures.



Spiritual, Neurotransmitter, Brain Scans

Spiritual Retreats Change Feel-Good Chemical Systems in the Brain; May Prime for Spiritual Experiences

More Americans than ever are turning to spiritual, meditative and religious retreats as a way to reset their daily life and enhance wellbeing. Now, researchers at The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University show there are changes in the dopamine and serotonin systems in the brains of retreat participants. The team published their results in Religion, Brain & Behavior.



Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Drug Use, Drug Abuse, Pot

The Medical Minute: Marijuana Poses Unique Dangers to Children


"The difference with children and teenagers versus adults is that young people are still making connections in their brains that they're going to have for a lifetime," said Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding, chair of pediatrics and medical director at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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