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Exploring an Epidemic’s Meaning from the Perspective of Nursing

An article written almost 30 years ago helps frame social constructs around the COVID-19 pandemic. By reviewing the essay, an historian of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) extends that construct to include nurses and patients, delivering a local and personal meaning to the epidemic experience.

In an essay in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Endowed Chair, the Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans, and Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing, reviews Charles Rosenberg’s 1992 article about the AIDS epidemic. Using Rosenberg’s theme, she further develops the meaning of an epidemic from the nursing perspective.

“Even as we have experienced different kinds of infectious epidemics over the last century (Ebola, AIDS), Rosenberg’s three interrelated stages still help us understand, from a sociological

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NIH Launches Clinical Trial Of Universal Influenza Vaccine Candidate

A first-in-human, Phase 1 trial assessing the safety and immunogenicity of an investigational nanoparticle influenza vaccine designed to provide long-lasting protection against multiple flu virus strains has begun at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Healthy participants 18 to 50 years old will receive either a licensed seasonal influenza vaccine or the experimental vaccine, FluMos-v1. Scientists from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) developed FluMos-v1 to stimulate antibodies against multiple influenza virus strains by displaying part of the influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) protein on self-assembling nanoparticle scaffolds. Alicia T. Widge, M.D., of NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center (VRC), is the principal investigator of the NIAID-sponsored single-site trial.

“The health and economic burdens of influenza are su

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UCI-Led Meta-Analysis Identifies Hypertension Medications That Help Ward Off Memory Loss

A large-scale meta-analysis led by University of California, Irvine researchers provides the strongest evidence yet of which blood pressure medications help slow memory loss in older adults: those that can travel out of blood vessels and directly into the brain.

The findings, published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, will be of interest to the 91 million Americans whose blood pressure is high enough to warrant medication, as well as the doctors who treat them. Elevated blood pressure in middle age is known to increase the risk of dementia later in life. Previous studies have shown that some hypertension medications can help stave off dementia in individuals who are already hypertensive. However, which medications and how have been a mystery.

“This wasn’t an examination of one specific drug or even one class of drugs; it was a property of the drug – whether it ge

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Anita Girard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Has Been Named The Chief Nursing Officer For Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

In her new role, Girard will expand upon the work she began as the medical center's vice president of nursing by further developing and maintaining Cedars-Sinai's national reputation for excellence in high-quality nursing care, research and education.

"Since joining our institution 14 months ago, Dr. Girard has not only seamlessly acclimated to the demands of our organization's impressive nursing operation, but she has done so deftly and fearlessly in the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic," said David Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, senior vice president, chief nursing executive and chair of the Department of Nursing at Cedars-Sinai.

Nationally known as the president of the American Nurses Association California, Girard is a sought-after speaker at healthcare organizations' events because of her experience and comprehensive knowledge of the forces that shape the nation's healthcare d

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