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Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, begins post as CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator
Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, officially begins her post as the 19th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ninth administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
U.S. President Joe Biden selected Dr. Walensky to lead the agency in December. Dr. Walensky comes to CDC from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 2017-2020; and Harvard Medical School, where she served as Professor of Medicine from 2012-2020.
She served on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and conducted research on vaccine delivery and strategies to reach underserved communities.
She is an influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Walensky is also a well-respected expert on the value of testing and treatment of deadly
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The American Public Continues to Rank Nurses as The Most Honest and Ethical Professionals in Annual Gallup Poll
The American public once again ranks nurses as the most honest and ethical professionals in Gallup's annual poll for the 19th consecutive year. This consistent ranking directly reflects the trust the public has in nurses and underscores the urgent need to continue to support and protect the nursing workforce. In addition to practicing the precautions that prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must all seek out reliable sources of information to increase our confidence in COVID-19 vaccines as they are made available.
This notable achievement in Gallup’s annual poll takes on even more significance this year as nurses respond courageously to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am extremely proud of my fellow nurses,” said ANA President Ernest Grant, PHD, RN, FAAN. “Nurses have been tested in every way imaginable during 2020. The world watched as nurses lost numerous patients and colleagues to a hig
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Childhood Cancer Survivors Are Not More Likely to Terminate their Pregnancies
Female childhood cancer survivors face a lower likelihood of becoming pregnant than women in the general population, but once pregnant, they are not more likely to undergo an abortion. The findings come from a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
Cancer survivors might be reluctant to start a family due to concerns for their children’s health as well as the potential recurrence of their own cancer. This could lead to a greater likelihood of induced abortions in female survivors who become pregnant.
To examine whether pregnancies of childhood cancer survivors are more likely to end with induced abortions, Johanna M. Melin, MD, PhD, of the Finnish Cancer Registry in Helsinki, Finland, and her colleagues examined data from Finnish registers on cancer, births, and induced abortions.
When the researchers compared 420 first p
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Nearly Half of Young Drivers Are Resuming Driving Just Weeks After Sustaining a Concussion
Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) found that nearly half of adolescents who sought specialty care for a concussion were back to driving when asked approximately two weeks after the injury, even though few had returned to exercise and sports. The findings raise important concerns about the need for evidence-based guidance on safely returning to driving for adolescents with concussion. In the absence of standardized guidelines, providers should include driving as part of post-injury discussions with families.
The findings were published online today by the Journal of Adolescent Health.
More than 1.9 million children sustain a concussion each year, with adolescents representing more than 50% of these injuries. Concussions affect cognition and oculomotor function and thus can impair abilities es