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October 2, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Women’s groups belonging to WomanHealth Philippines joined the other civil society groups criticizing the tobacco industry for proliferating deceptive marketing gimmicks to lure more women into smoking and for putting the lives of Filipino women most especially the young, in danger.

The groups coming from the urban poor and farmer sectors raised the alarm of more women being exposed to the deadly smoking addiction, causing them to unnecessarily suffer from diseases that are otherwise preventable.
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Researchers Study Diabetes-Cancer Link

October 2, 2014 Category :Nursing News 1

Diabetics, be wary of the “Big C”. A recent study in Japan, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that the growth of cancer cells in liver or pancreas may be triggered by the excess insulin of patients with adult-onset diabetes.

The study performed by Tokyo-based National Cancer Center revealed that grown-up diabetic men have up to a 27% higher risk than people who don’t have diabetes. The first group also prone to develop prostate cancer since diabetes is said to have an effect on sex hormones.

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Be Wary of the RN Contract Trap

October 1, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

For many foreign nurses (RNs) the chance to immigrate to the US is the opportunity of a life time. For so many, immigrating to the US is the reason they went to nursing school and took up the profession. Many others, such as marketing majors, physicians, computer engineers, etc. have switched professions to become nurses in order to immigrate to the US.

The shortage spurred the growth and creation of hybrid industries such as nurse registries and temporary nursing staff companies. These types of companies assign nurses on a temporary basis with their client hospitals, medical facilities, and private homes. » Continue Reading

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Health Workers Soon To Be Vaccinated VS H1N1 VIRUS –

September 26, 2014 Category :Nursing News 2

The Department of Health (DOH) announced last 21April that health workers all over the country will be vaccinated against the A(H1N1) virus during the latter part of April as part of the country’s response to the pandemic.

According to Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral

Our frontline health workers are at higher risk for getting the disease than ordinary people due to their larger probability of exposure. In addition, they may also transmit the infection to other patients, as well as their families and co-workers, so it is appropriate that they be given priority now that the vaccines are ready for deployment

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Pinoy Nurses Avoid Middle East Due To Security Concerns

September 25, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Some 5,000 nurses are needed in the Middle East, but only a few from the Philippines are interested in the job openings even if many nurses in the country are unemployed, according to a government official.

Ofelia Domingo, assistant director of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Southern Mindanao, said on Monday that concerns about security has been deterring Filipino nurses about getting jobs in the Middle East.

The common perception among Filipino nurses is that going to the Middle East is not safe. They are afraid

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Fewer Filipino Nurses Seek US Jobs in 1Q

September 23, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

In a news release by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the number of Filipino nurses seeking to practice their profession in the United States fell by 28 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago.

Only 3,024 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time from January to March, down 1,170 from 4,194 in the same quarter of 2009, according to TUCP secretary general and former senator Ernesto Herrera.

The NCLEX refers to the licensure examination administered by the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc.
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DOH Urges Public To Travel Safe This Summer

September 19, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

All roads must lead to safety. This is the battlecry of the Department of Health (DOH) as it urges the public to take precautions against common accidents and injuries now that more people are flocking to local tourist destinations as summer vacation for schools start.

The DOH also found it fitting to release the initial reports of the newly-installed National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), a web-based system that will electronically capture injury-related data from 65 participating government and private hospitals in the country.

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‘AIDS in the Workplace’ Program

September 17, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the Philippines witnessed a sharp increase in the number of diagnosed HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) cases in the last three years. Majority of these recorded cases belong to the economically-productive age group.

According to Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral

In 2000, an average of one new case is diagnosed every three days. In 2007, it rose to one new case per day. Last year, there were two new cases diagnosed in a day

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Many Filipinos Exposed To Second-Hand Smoke According to GATS

September 16, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

The Department of Health (DOH) today said that almost half of the Filipinos surveyed in the first Philippine Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) revealed that they live in homes where smoking is allowed. Accordint to GATS data, almost half (48.8% or 29.8 million) of Filipinos are exposed to cigarette smoke in their homes and 54% (32.9 million) reported that someone smokes at least monthly in their homes.

In coordination with the National Statistics Office, a total of 9,705 individuals in rural and urban areas of the country 15 years of age and older (to represent 61.3 million Filipinos) were selected and interviewed in 2009. Of this number, 28.3% were current tobacco smokers, representing 17.3 million Filipinos and 22.5% or approximately 13.8 million Filipinos smoke every day. The average age of initiation for daily smokers 18-34 years old was 17.4 years old.
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Pregabalin Eases Pain from Diabetic Neuropathy

September 13, 2014 Category :Nursing News| Nursing Reviewer 0

A review of previous studies showed that pregabalin (Lyrica), a drug used for epileptic attacks, could safely and effectively relieve pain from diabetic neuropathy. Published in the journal Diabetes Care, the analysis of seven studies on pregabalin, with dosages of 150, 300, and 600 mg and study durations from five to 13 weeks, showed that “pregabalin significantly reduced pain and pain-related sleep interference,” said researchers from the Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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Specialist Nurses Earn More Than Family Doctors

September 12, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

Accordintg to an annual survey of physicians’ salaries, medical centers last year offered higher salaries and incentives to specialist nurses than to primary care doctors.

Primary care doctors were offered an average base salary of $173,000 in 2009 compared to an average base salary of $189,000 offered to certified nurse anesthetists, or CRNAs, according to the latest numbers from Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a physician recruiting and consulting firm.
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Nursing Exam Topnotcher Ardent Follower of Nicanor Perlas

September 11, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

It seems that the career of Clarie Morales Bontol, the 2009 nursing board exam topnotcher from Iligan, will temporarily take a back seat while she busies herself with politics.

She is not running for any public position in May elections. In fact, she even admitted that she is not a “political person.” She, however, will actively campaign for presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas. In her radio dzMM interview Sunday, Bontol declared that she is “an ardent supporter” of the independent candidate.
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DOH Wants Import Ban On Products With Mercury

September 3, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

The Department of Health (DOH) may recommend to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) the banning on the importation of mercury-containing products in the country. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can affect the kidney and the nervous, digestive, respiratory and immune systems.

In a telephone interview, Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral reiterated that mercury is highly toxic so the use of any product containing the substance should be prohibited.

According to Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral

I think products like fluorescent lamps have mercury. We will propose to the DENR that these products be banned. We will see

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Be Cautious In Buying Food Supplements

September 2, 2014 Category :Nursing News 1

The Department of Health (DOH) urged the public to be cautious in buying food and herbal supplements, saying that these are not meant to be alternatives to medicines and sound medical advice from physicians.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is under the DOH, has repeatedly issued warnings to the public to always check whether the products they buy are approved by the FDA and are marked with the disclaimer “NO APPROVED THERAPEUTIC CLAIMS

According to Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral

Many are being misled into thinking that these supplements can cure diseases when in fact they can’t.

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DOH Releases Health Advisory As El Nino’s Effects Felt

September 1, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

The Department of Health’s National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP) and National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (NCDPC) recently released a health advisory to the public as the country begins to feel the effects of El Nino.

The El Nino phenomenon is characterized by extreme climactic conditions – either extreme temperature rise with a little rainfall, and the opposite extreme, unusually heavy rainfall. The former condition is what the Philippines is currently experiencing.

According to Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral

This extremely hot weather carries with it its own effects on health, so we came out with an advisory to inform the public about the potential health risks, and what they can do to safeguard themselves

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Free Condoms A Part of DOH Anti-HIV/AIDS Campaign

August 30, 2014 Category :Nursing News 1

The Department of Health (DOH) clarified today that the condoms given last Valentine’s weekend were not meant to promote artificial contraception, but rather a reminder to the public of the importance of responsible sexual behavior in combating the threat of HIV/AIDS. The Ingat Lagi, My Valentine campaign, which was held last February 13 at the Dangwa Flower Market in Manila, has received criticism from the Catholic Church for supposedly being “immoral”.

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Breast Overtakes Lung As No.1 Cancer Site in Metro Manila

August 29, 2014 Category :Nursing News 1

In a joint announcement by Department of Health (DOH) secretary Esperanza I. Cabral and Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. (PCSI) chairman Dr. Roberto M. Paterno, breast cancer is now the most common cancer site in terms of incidence in Metro Manila and Rizal and has surpassed lung cancer as the most prevalent cancer.

According to Sec Cabral

This is significant as far as the DOH cancer control program and the PCS advocacy for prevention and early detection as we need to intensify efforts to save our women from this deadly disease

For his part, Dr. Paterno said that the Society will enhance its free mammography services and fine needle aspiration biopsy to accommodate more indigent patients.

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Fewer Filipino Nurses Taking the NCLEX Exam

August 26, 2014 Category :Nursing News 3

In the recent NCLEX Statistics data released by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the number of Filipino Nurses taking the NCLEX examination plunged by 26 percent in 2009.

A total of 15,382 Filipino nurses took the NCLEX for the first time from January to December 2009, a decrease of 5,364 compared to the 20,746 that took the examinations in the same 12-month period in 2008. » Continue Reading

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Repeaters Pull Down Nurse Board Passing Rate

August 22, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

According to Board of Nursing official Marco Sto.Tomas, repeaters dragged down the nursing board passing rate.  Only 37,527 of the 94,462 who took the exam passed it, making for a 39.72% passing rate. » Continue Reading

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Court of Appeals Upholds PRC decision on June 2006 Nursing Board Exam Leakage Scandal

August 16, 2014 Category :Nursing News 0

The Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to revoke the license of Virginia Madeja, a former BoN member and examiner in the June 2006 nursing licensure exam.

The 17-page decision promulgated on January 21 was written by Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr. and concurred in by Associate Justices Apolinario Bruselas Jr. and Ricardo Rosario of the Court of Appeals Special Fourteenth Division. » Continue Reading

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