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Tuesday, January 13, 2015  
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From the Pedagogy Main Campus

Elderberry Outshines Prescription Antivirals in Influenza Studies

 In a nutshell:

1) Tamiflu reduced influenza symptoms by only half a day- from 7 to 6.3 days
2) A complete cure was achieved within 2-3 days within nearly 90% of control subjects using Elderberry extract

Tamiflu and Relenza, the most commonly prescribed antivirals used to shorten the duration of the influenza virus have been shown in an independent study by the Cochrane Institute to be ineffective- Tamiflu (the antiviral drug oseltamivir) shortens symptoms of influenza by half a day, but there is no good evidence to support claims that it reduces admissions to hospital or complications of influenza. 

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From the Pedagogy Infusion Campus

Chinese Man Pulled Over After Police Spot IV Drip Sticking Out His Window

Businessman Gang Fang, 38, was seen at the wheel of his car in China’s Jiangsu province with a bag of fluid suspended above his head and a tube leading into his arm.

Witness Li Lung watched the scene as the driver was pulled over by police.

He told local media: 'The man was pulled over by police. He said he had been suffering a lot of stress at work recently.

'He went to the hospital and they'd told him to take time off work and lie down. But he said he didn't have the time.

'So they apparently gave him medicine to give him energy in the form of a drip.

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From the Pedagogy Acute Care Campus

Do Benzodiazepine Drugs “Cause” Dementia?

Benzodiazepine drugs include Lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium),  clonazepam (Klonopin), and temazepam (Restoril).  A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) concludes that new use of benzodiazepines was associated with increased risk of dementia in older adults (age>65).  This article has garnished some publicity as benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed medications.  It is important to note the study published in the BMJ does not prove benzodiazepines “cause” dementia, but rather a link exits between benzodiazepine use and dementia.  This may lead to multiple questions regarding benzodiazepine use and what does cause dementia?  Or what risk factors are associated with dementia?

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From the Pedagogy Inservice & Compliance Campus

Managing Delirium in Older Adults

Delirium is a sudden change in mental status that may occur in older adults at any time but especially during hospitalizations, after surgery, or anytime the environment around them changes.  Other factors that may contribute to delirium include acute illness such as an infection and medications.  Unfortunately, the symptoms of delirium may be confused with early dementia and dismissed.  Remember that dementia is typically a slowly progressive disease while delirium almost always has an acute onset and resolves when the cause is identified and removed.

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From the Pedagogy Long Term Care & Home Health Campus

Insulin Pens: A Safer Advantage

Diabetes is a complex disease; affecting 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population. In 2011 the CDC estimated that 17.8 % of those diagnosed with diabetes used insulin to help treat their condition. Individualized insulin doses as well as complex administration regimens is one reason The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) placed insulin on a list of “High-alert Medications” because of its potential to cause serious patient harm if given in error. It is no surprise that medication errors associated with insulin are responsible for 80% of inpatient errors and 10% of all harmful drug errors.

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From the Pedagogy Administrators Campus

5 Things Researchers Learned About Alzheimer’s in 2014

Alzheimer’s disease, a condition characterized by the slow erosion of thinking and memory, is the nation’s sixth-leading killer, and the No. 1 cause of dementia. Those touched by the disease know how devastating it can be, and they’re not alone. Alzheimer’s affects 5.2 million people in the U.S., including 13 percent of those over age 65, and 40 percent of those over 85.

Perhaps because the disease is so widespread and damaging, researchers are continually searching for causes, cures and anything that can slow or delay its onset. Each year, more rays of hope emerge from the dark cloud that is Alzheimer’s, and this year is no exception. Here are a few of the latest developments.

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From the Pedagogy Correctional Healthcare Campus

Women’s Health in Prison

The number of women in prison is much less than men, however, the rate of growth of female prisoners is nearly double that of males in the US. From 1995 to 2002 the female inmate population grew by 42% and is the fastest growing prison population. Currently 7% of the US prison population and 12% of the jail population is female. Gender issues must be considered in correctional healthcare. Women inmates have increase need for healthcare.

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Featured Author: Corinne Kantor

  Corinne Kantor, DTR, CLT, is a Registered Dietetic Technician, Certified LEAP (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) Therapist, and award-winning writer. She has undergraduate degrees in dietetics and journalism. Corinne also has her ServSafe Certification from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a certified U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map Facilitator.

Corinne has served as the dietary supervisor at a long term care/skilled nursing facility and also has experience working in the nutrition department at various acute care hospitals. Her writing awards have been in the field of technical writing from the Society for Technical Communication. She has been featured in numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report and the Orange County Register.
  New Inservice Membership Pricing

Pedagogy has recently updated our Inservice and Compliance Membership pricing!

Our Inservice and Compiance Membership is designed to meet federal requirements for long term care and home health certified nursing assistant staff.

With Pedagogy's updated pricing, you can provide our industry leading inservice education for all of your staff for a monthly fee of $3.00 per staff member, or an annual fee of $36.00 per staff member. 

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