Medical News NPs Can Use 6.26.15

Happy Friday y'all! How was your week? I have just woken up from an oh-so-necessary afternoon power nap and am feeling ready to tackle whatever the weekend throws my way. Finally, I have recovered from the week's night shifts in the ER and am ready for a good time. Tonight my husband and I have a date night lined at one of our favorite Nashville restaurants. What are you up to? If you could use some reading material for the next few days, check out this week's medical news NPs can use. 

Did you know that the current shingles vaccine has just a 51.3% efficacy rate overall and that efficacy declines with age? In a clinical trial, researchers tested a new herpes zoster vaccine. The vaccine proved to be a winner with efficacy rates between 96.6% and 97.9% across three age groups. The vaccine is currently in phase 3 clinical trials. 

Self-inflicted injuries among adolescents are on the rise. One of the leading causes of death among adolescents is suicide. Are you screening teens in your practice?

Have you ever wondered if the sheets in your hospital are actually clean? What about your lab coat? Hospital garments and linens are notorious for spreading germs. Fortunately, the new SilvaClean process infuses silver ions, a known disruptor of cell wall formation, into fabrics during the laundering process to keep hospital linens so fresh n' so clean. 

One science-minded mother placed her child's hand on an agar plate after playing outside. This is what grew out. Disconcerting. 

Can bacteria cause type 2 diabetes? In a recent study on rabbits, chronic exposure to Staphylococcus aureus bacteria produced the hallmark symptoms of the disease. Individuals with prolonged staph exposure developed insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Neutralizing toxins may be the next step in prevention and treatment of T2D. 

Lab-made blood is on the horizon. Artificial blood grown from stem cells in the lab is likely to enter human trials in the next two years. The innovation would make medical treatment easier for people with complex blood types who have difficulty finding donors. Inventors of the product say their intent is not to replace human donation. 

Could new legislation end unwanted medical treatment?

A new study shows a newborn's gaze may hold clues as to how he or she will behave a few years later. Newborns who focus on an image for less time tend to be more impulsive and hyperactive later in childhood than those who look at images longer. 

The American Medical Association released a statement in response to the supreme court's King v. Burwell decision. Do you agree with their sentiment?

Just for fun...check out ZDoggMD's latest music video parody. The topic? Sleep apnea. 

Have a relaxing weekend!