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Is All That TV Killing You?

September 2014   Author(s): Health Day News

Attention, binge TV watchers: New research suggests that long stretches spent glued to the tube may be more than just a guilty pleasure -- they could also shorten your life. The study of more than 13,000 seemingly healthy adults in Spain found that those who spent more than three hours a day watching television had double the risk of early death compared to those who watched less than an hour a day. Read More...

Consumer Reports Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Tuna

August 2014   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure. "We're particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrimp as the most commonly eaten seafood in the United States. We encourage pregnant women to avoid all tuna," Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, said in a news release from the group. Read More...

Time Outdoors May Help Kids Connect to Nature

August 2014   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

Spending a lot of time outdoors boosts children's spiritual connection with the Earth and the sense that they need to protect it, researchers report. The small new study included 10 children, aged 7 and 8. According to the authors, a strong attachment to nature was seen in those who spent five to 10 hours a week outside. "These values are incredibly important to human development and well-being," researcher Gretel Van Wieren, an assistant professor of religious studies at Michigan State University, said in a university news release. Read More...

ALLEGRA Learning Receives Accreditation with Distinction

April 2014   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions is pleased to announce that it has just received Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program (ANCC). ALLEGRA Learning is committed to creating and delivering outstanding, evidence-based nursing education activities that enhance the professional and clinical development of nurses while improving patient outcomes. Read More...

Cyndie Koopsen Interview on RN.FM Radio

December 2013   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

Cyndie Koopsen, Co-CEO of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC, sat down with nurse entrepreneurs Keith Carlson (of NurseKeith Coaching and the blog Digital Doorway) and Kevin Ross (founder of Spire Health Partners and Innovative Nurse) to explore Cyndie's journey of entrepreneurship and the creation and vision of ALLEGRA Learning. Read More...

Hormone Replacement: The Importance of Timing

November 2013   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

Authors of the newest consensus statement on menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) have concluded that MHT is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms and that benefits are most likely to outweigh the risks if MHT is prescribed before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause. The primary use of oral MHT is for relief of menopausal hot flashes. Read More...

Our Nation's 3rd Largest Killer?

October 2013   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

A recent study in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that as many as 210,000 to 440,000 patients who go to the hospital for healing die each year as a result of preventable medical deaths. This makes medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Read More...

Noise, Hearing, and Health

September 2013   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well. Read More...

Hospital Construction Focuses on Creating Healthy Environments

March 2013   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

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Burnout Can Severely Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

March 2013   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

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Patients Experience Less Pain, Increased Satisfaction with Integrative Care

February 2013   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions

A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well. Read More...

Clinical Hypnosis and the Treatment of Postmenopausal Hot Flashes

December 2012   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

In a recent study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, clinical hypnosis was shown to produce significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes in postmenopausal women. Read More...

Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions

December 2012   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF) provided an update to their recommendation statement on hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women. The use of combined estrogen and progestin and the use of estrogen are specifically addressed. Read More...

Five Things to Do This Month

November 2012   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

Here is a list of five simple things you can do today to change your life! Read More...

The Impact of Breast Cancer Subtypes and Treatment on Survival

October 2012   Author(s): ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC

In a recent report published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, molecular subtypes were important predictors of breast cancer mortality. According to the study, women with HER2-enriched tumors and luminal B subtypes had the poorest survival despite adjusting for important covariates. Read More...

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