Highlighting the “Hunger Hormone”

At Western Schools, our goal is to keep you up-to-date on the latest healthcare issues. We’re constantly searching the web for the hottest, most current health-related topics. As we are all aware, obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States – with more than one-third of adults being obese.  Recently, we came across an article on obesity at cbsnews.com and wanted to share it with you (see below). You’ll also want to check out Western Schools’ informative continuing education course – Behavioral Approaches to Treating Obesity: Helping Your Patients Make Changes That Last – that focuses on a behavioral approach to treating obesity, where the patient and provider develop a program of lifestyle change – together.

The content addresses practical advice and strategies for supporting patients and equipping them for a lifestyle change. Features include discussion of problem solving skills, helpful case studies, step by step guide to designing care, sample forms and worksheets, and updated resources.

Behavioral Approaches to Treating Obesity: Helping Your Patients Make Changes That Last

Authors: Amy B. Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC; Birgitta Adolfsson, PhD; Marilynn Arnold, MS, RD, LD, CDE 13 Contact Hours Item No. N1381

“Hunger hormone” study sheds light on obesity

By Shoshana Davis (CBS News) For a while, experts have known there’s a genetic component to obesity — but a new study helps explain how it works. The research finds people with the “obesity gene” are likely to have more of a hormone that makes them hungry. It’s called the “hunger hormone,” or ghrelin, and could change how doctors treat overweight patients. Willpower not at fault in failed diets? What hormone study says This research is really important at a time when, according to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, $147 billion is spent annually on medical costs and 2.8 million people die each year of obesity. Doctors have known about the hormone for about 12 years, but what’s important is that the research links the common variation in the gene with ghrelin. “There are a couple of ways that it could help us,” explained Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the weight control program at New York Presbyterian, Weill-Cornell Medical Center, on “CBS This Morning.” “Number one when we do research studies, we look at everybody as the same. We know one in six people have this gene. These people may respond differently to the treatment. It’s already been shown that people with this gene respond differently to bariatric surgery. Now we may know why.” The research will allow doctors to predict if people will respond positively to certain weight-loss treatments. Also, people who have the gene struggle more with dieting and could be better candidates for surgery. Additionally, Aronne said some people with increased levels of this hormone benefit from eating a high protein diet. While testing for this hormone is not readily available, Aronne said that he believes in the next few years doctors will be able to test patients easily and treat them accordingly.

Source: © 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Nurses Week is for ALL nurses

Nursing is both an art and a science. Nurses are dedicated and multi-faceted. Nurses work in emergency rooms, school-based clinics, homeless shelters, and more. Wherever there is a need, there is a nurse.

Nurses are our business and we truly appreciate all that you do. Thank you for your passion, your dedication and your continued commitment to patient care and safety.

As a nurse, we know that you never stop learning, so we’d like to give you a FREE online course, the opportunity to win an Apple® iPad®. Happy Nurses Week!

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Celebrate Nurses Week at Western Schools!

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. To celebrate, we’re giving you a FREE online course and the opportunity to win an Apple® iPad® – a great way to bring your Western Schools eBook CE with you!

Your FREE online course  – Assessment of Pain in Special Populations – shares numerous tools and instruments as well as techniques that can be used to assess pain in special populations such as neonates, infants, children, older adults, patients with cognitive impairments, and/or developmental disabilities.

Join us on Facebook for more great Nurses Week celebrations!

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Nurses Week is coming!

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week and we’re celebrating you and all you do to make a difference in your patients’ lives. Stay tuned for two exciting offers coming from Western Schools this week…

HINT #1: Get ready to FREE your mind!

HINT #2: We’ll be the APPLE of your eye if you win!

Visit www.westernschools.com/nursesweek between May 6th and 12th to join the celebration!

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April is National Autism Awareness Month

Did you know an estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States every year?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.

Since the 1970s, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism.

Please do your part by becoming informed on how to properly care for autistic patients. Order Western School’s informative continuing education course – Growing Up with Autism – today.

This advanced-level course offers current evidence-based practice recommendations for professionals working with school-age children with autism and their families in preparation for the transition to adulthood.

Growing Up with Autism: Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents

Growing Up with Autism

Authors: Dina E. Hill, PhD; Robin L. Gabriels, PsyD

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1 in 8 Americans Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes: Poll

We recently came across an article from HealthDay that we thought you’d like to be aware of. Please take a few moments to check it out and then learn more by ordering one or both of these informative courses from Western Schools:

Diabetes Essentials for Nurses
Author: Sandra Drozdz Burke PhD, APRN, CDE, BC-ADM
25 Contact Hours
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This course provides a comprehensive overview of diabetes in the adult. Written by a renowned expert in the field, the course is packed with practical information that nurses can use when caring for their patients with diabetes. Check it out here.

Complete Nurse’s Guide to Diabetes Care
Geralyn R. Spollett MSN, ANP, CDE
Marjorie L. Cypress PhD, MSN, CDE, C-ANP
Belinda Childs ARNP, MN, CDE
Anne P. Manton PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAEN, FAAN
32 Contact Hours
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This comprehensive advanced-level course, written by leading experts, provides a current in-depth analysis into all aspects of the care and management of diabetes. The course addresses type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the necessary lifestyle adaptations, such as diet and physical activity, involved in the successful management of the disease. View course now.

1 in 8 Americans Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes: Poll

Only 21 percent of those interviewed say they’re well-versed on the disease, Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey finds.

By: Amanda Gardner, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) – A staggering one in eight Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll suggests.

And more than one third of those polled have been diagnosed with diabetes or have a parent, sibling, spouse or child with the condition.

“Type 2 diabetes has become one of the most common and fastest growing diseases. Fully one in eight adults – approximately 29 million people – now report that they have been diagnosed with this dangerous condition,” said Harris Poll Chairman Humphrey Taylor.

Added Dr. Ronald Tamler, clinical director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center in New York City: “Diabetes is very insidious. You don’t know you’re in trouble until the complications hit or until it’s so out of control you have uncontrolled urination and thirst” – two of the common symptoms of diabetes.

While type 2 diabetes is occurring in epic proportions, the new poll also found that awareness of the disease is still surprisingly low, with only 21 percent of those surveyed considering themselves well-versed on the disease. That means the remaining 79 percent may not know they’re at risk or may already have the disease, which is known as the “silent” killer.

But people already diagnosed with diabetes tend to be much more aware of the health risks, with slightly more than two-thirds considering themselves either “extremely” or “very” knowledgeable about the disease, the poll found.

Still, 35 percent of respondents with diabetes said their diabetes was only “somewhat” controlled and 5 percent said it was “not at all” well controlled.

“Because diabetes is a chronic condition, the treatment of which is critically dependent on patient behavior and self-care, this may be the most alarming finding,” Taylor said.

On a more encouraging note, many people polled do understand that a number of factors can contribute to type 2 diabetes, including being overweight (79 percent of respondents realize this is a risk factor), diet (74 percent) and physical inactivity (62 percent).

These numbers were greater among people who had been diagnosed with diabetes.

Interestingly, 60 percent of respondents know that genetics can be a component of type 2 diabetes.

“We have a public perception that type 2 diabetes is entirely a disease of lifestyle and that is not true,” said Dr. Robert Ratner, chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association. “There is no question that lifestyle contributes to it, but the problem is one of biology . . . Environment really does play a role but the biology sets them up.”

Indeed, certain ethnic groups, including many Native American tribes, bear a disproportionate diabetes burden, Ratner added.

Most adults, whether they actually have diabetes or not, seem fairly knowledgeable about the long-term consequences of the disease, which can include amputation of limbs, blindness, kidney disease and heart disease, the poll found.

There was an exception. Only 39 percent of adults overall and 56 percent of those with type 2 diabetes knew that the disease can cause strokes.

“People need to be aware that this is another disease caused by diabetes that can be prevented,” said Nancy Copperman, director of Public Health Initiatives at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. “The idea of having a stroke might motivate them to change their lifestyle.”

The disease seems to be taking a toll on those polled, with 20 percent acknowledging it has been a “significant” burden and 43 percent saying it has been “somewhat” of a burden for themselves and their families. The burden comes in the form of dietary restrictions, medication costs, eye problems, cardiovascular problems and foot problems.

In addition, 9 percent of people with type 2 diabetes said the condition has rendered them unable to work.

Still, with awareness of genetic factors as well as lifestyle contributors, “you can live a very full and happy life and thrive with diabetes,” said Mount Sinai’s Tamler.

In people with type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough of the hormone insulin or cells can’t use the insulin properly. Insulin is necessary for the body to use glucose – blood sugar – for energy. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications, according to the American Diabetes Association.

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes found in this new poll is higher than that reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the CDC data is more rigorous, Ratner said.

The poll was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive from Feb. 4 through 6, among 2,090 adults aged 18 and older. The survey was not based on a probability sample, so no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

SOURCES: Humphrey Taylor, chairman, The Harris Poll; Ronald Tamler, M.D., Ph.D., clinical director, Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, New York City; Nancy Copperman, R.D., director, Public Health Initiatives, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Great Neck, N.Y.; Robert Ratner, M.D., chief scientific and medical officer, American Diabetes Association

Last Updated: Feb. 20, 2013

Health News Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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It’s MS Awareness Week!

Today marks the first day of MS Awareness Week 2013.

From March 11-17, people all over the nation will come together to share, educate and build awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

What It Is
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.

How You Can Help
Visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society web site and check out all the ways you can help – participate in your local MS walk, donate your Facebook status, dress in orange – the list goes on and on!

Where To Learn More
Western Schools offers an informative CE course – Multiple Sclerosis: Nursing Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes – that provides nurses with an introduction to the comprehensive care needed by individuals and families living with MS. Nurses who are knowledgeable and sensitive to the issues faced by patients with MS are more effective in educating, motivating and supporting those living with this unpredictable chronic neurological condition.

Author: Cira Fraser; PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know approximately…

● 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in the U.S. each year?
● 5 million Americans have long-term disabilities as a result?

Be prepared to minimize or prevent complications and to promote the best possible outcome for these patients by taking Western School’s informative nursing continuing education course – Traumatic Brain Injury.

This course presents an overview of Traumatic Brain Injury and describes essential patient care and management from the acute through the rehabilitation phase.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Author: Johanna Demirjian; RN, MSN, APN, C
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Our Newest Nursing CE Course is Getting Rave Reviews!

Our new nursing continuing education course, Treating the Mental Health Needs of Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence, is perfect for professionals who work with families – these nurses are very likely to come in contact with clients who have experienced IPV and with children who have been exposed to family violence.

Here’s what our customers are saying:

As a result of taking this course I’ll have a better understanding of violence on the development of behavioral issues and/or mental health concerns in addition to treatment options. – Rebecca Tate, VA

This course exceeded most I have used for CEUs in the past. The references are current and the material is useful for the therapist. The trauma focused basis is current and well-summarized. – Peggy Skinner

I enjoyed the section on trauma based play therapy because it is a new concept for me and it was interesting topic. I thought the content of the course was well written and informative. – Megan Ellison, MO

Treating the Mental Health Needs of Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

3 Contact Hours

This intermediate-level course discusses the detrimental effects of IPV on child witnesses, the complex issues and negative sequelae that accompany exposure to IPV and their impact on addressing the mental health needs of these children.

To learn the most effective treatment modalities and how to identify, assess, and intervene with children who have been exposed to IPV, order this course today.

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month was designated to highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection.

To learn more about recent advances and research in the prevention, detection and treatment of cervical cancer or HPV, order one – or both – of these informative continuing education courses from Western Schools today:

Women’s Health: Contemporary Advances & Trends

24 Contact Hours
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For a complete course description, click here.

Cancer in Women

28 Contact Hours
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For a complete course description, click here.

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