Clinical

Over-the-counter pain relievers work as well as opioids

A new study finds acetaminophen and ibuprofen relieve pain as effectively as Percocet, Vicodin or Tylenol No. 3, suggesting a pain management option without risk of addiction.

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FDA approves, CMS proposes coverage for extensive cancer genomic test

The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) is a diagnostic test that can detect gene mutations for cancer, and its potential to help patients has spurred the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay for qualifying beneficiaries to be screened. 

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Treat hypertension earlier and keep it lower, new guidelines say

The first new high blood pressure guidelines in a decade suggest keeping blood pressure lower than previously recommended in order to improve cardiovascular and kidney health in later years.

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TENA upgrades to breathable materials

TENA's premium incontinence products, made by Essity, are getting a makepover in breathable materials for better skin health.

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The cleanliness factor

SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears shares how personal hygiene affects her mood and sense of self. 

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Muscle mass, BMI and osteoarthritis

Body Mass Index (BMI) alone isn’t a reliable factor on osteoarthritis quality of life, according to new data.

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2017 OPTIMA Award: The power of No

The winner of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Memory Care has slashed its use of antipsychotics to just 3 percent by retraining its staff and implementing a strict “just say no” policy. Read More »

AANAC, AADNS founder and CEO to retire in 2018

The founder of the two long-term care nursing associations plans to step down after a nearly 20-year career in improving senior care.

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Championing infection control

As the CMS regulations for infection control programs kick in, providers are finding that leadership matters as much as training.

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NADONA and Ocean Spray partner to target antibiotic stewardship

The long-term care nursing organization and the juice company are teaming up on educational efforts to combat antibiotic resistance.

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