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  • Preventing Occupational Contact Dermatitis
    Among work-related illnesses, occupational skin diseases are the second most commonly reported. Estimated total annual costs associated with these diseases, including lost workdays and loss of productivity, reaches $1 billion annually.1 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ...More
    April 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening:
    EXACT Sciences offers an alternative for non-compliant patients resisting the current methods of colorectal cancer screening. The non-invasive test detects colorectal cancer in the average-risk population -- a problem that mostly affects adults older than age 50. Colorectal ...More
    April 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Disorders
  • Surfing An Acidic Wave:
    Americans' love of fast foods and high-fat diets, in combination with more stress and less exercise, has led to an increase in digestive disease. One must go no farther than the television set -- where commercials for prescription acid blockers support the network news -- ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Tattered Bookmark
    Perhaps it comes with the profession, but reading is one of my passions. I am not picky -- when bored I've been known to read anything in sight, including the dreaded Sky Mall magazine on a long flight, ingredients on a shampoo bottle in a winding grocery store line and ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • The Critical Nursing Shortage
    There is a perceived threat to the health of the older adult in the United States. It is not a new type of bacteria or caused by a virus. The threat to the health of the older adult is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in the United States. Over the last few ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Staffing the Endoscopy Suite With Volunteers
    Staffing the Endoscopy Suite With Volunteers By Tina Brooks Endoscopy units are busy places. Patients are admitted, prepared and educated about their procedures all within the same day. Family and friends are kept abreast of the progress of loved ones. Besides administering ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • HEPATITIS C in the Hispanic Community Crossing Language and Cultural Barriers
    HEPATITIS C in the Hispanic Community Crossing Language and Cultural Barriers By Kathy Dix The Hispanic population in the U.S. has been rapidly expanding for years. Also expanding is the gap in general health between Hispanics and Caucasians. People of Hispanic descent have ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Disorders
  • Alternative Methods of Treating Ulcers
    A recent study from researchers at Foothills Hospital and the University of Calgary in Canada shows 6 to 15 percent of the American population suffers from duodenal ulcers.1 These lesions in the mucous membrane of the duodenum can be caused by a combination of factors ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Disorders
  • Briefs
    ANTI-REFLUX RESPONSE IMPAIRED BY SMOKING According to a recent article in the Journal of the British Society of Gastroenterology (GUT), smoking prevents the body's natural response of preventing gastric reflux. Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Innovations
    KIMBERLY-CLARK SAFESKIN PURPLE NITRILE GLOVE Having sold more than 2 million purple nitrile gloves, officials at Kimberly-Clark recently celebrated. The tough purple gloves can be used for administration of powerful chemotherapy drugs as well as gluteraldehyde. Also, they ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles