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Journal of Nursing : Disease



  • New Innovation for Chronic Kidney Disease
    John Cope, RN Simmons College
    This body of work looks at new and innovative treatments that are being researched and developed for the treatment of chronic kidney disease.
  • Yoga and the Benefits to Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Mary Tencza MS RN
    A leading cause of decreased quality of life and debility due to diminished gas exchange, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) progresses slowly with no known cure. The overall effect on other systems and the emotional toll placed on these patients makes activities of daily living exceedingly impossible to manage. The purpose of this article is to conduct a review of the literature to determine the benefits derived from practicing yoga on one’s quality of life and pulmonary functions for those diagnosed with COPD with a special focus on the author’s current practice in home health. In addition The Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita will be reviewed to offer a holistic approach to care.
  • Recognizing Heart Disease As a Women's Disease
    Maureen Kroning RN EdD Associate Professor of Nursing at Nyack College School of Nursing
    There are noted differences among heart disease signs between men and women. Coronary Heart Disease can go unnoticed in women until they actually suffer a heart attack (NIH). Thus it is essential women are aware of the signs and symptoms, risk factors and healthy life style choices to prevent the devastating effects of heart disease. .Seeking early treatment when symptoms present is vital in improving the outcome of heart disease. It is important to teach women how to incorporate prevention strategies such as: consuming a healthy diet, maintaining optimum weight, maintaining an active lifestyle, maintaining both normal blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well as avoiding risk factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol limit their stress and any unhealthy behaviors that can lead to heart disease. Advocating for women and promoting education regarding health issues affecting women needs to be a priority so heart disease in women can be prevented and effectively treated.
  • Going Against the Norm: Treating Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
    Jason Carhart, BSN Maureen Kroning RN EdD
    The current treatment for someone diagnosed with cancer is no longer acceptable. The focus needs to shift away from our standard treatments which so often causes pain as well as physical and emotional suffering. Emerging research about the body’s cellular metabolism provides new hope for cancer prevention and treatment. A number of mechanisms present in the human body are known to inhibit cancer cell growth by providing the body with an alternative fuel source, one that cancer cells cannot metabolize. For instance, induced ketosis offers a physiological means of regulating glucose metabolism in cancer patients while suppressing tumor metabolism and progression while ketone production significantly produces anti-cancer effects by shifting the body’s fuel source from a glucose dependency to one that is ketone based. Even while there remains controversy over the occurrence of many types of cancer, recent research has unveiled promising results towards cancer prevention and treatment. Emerging evidence indicates cancer is primarily a metabolic disease. According to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2014) research is being done to look at the connection between body weight, sugar intake, insulin levels and their correlation to cancer. Understanding the cellular metabolism of cancer is necessary in order to find preventative and holistic treatment modalities and for this to occur, a paradoxical shift in our current perception of cancer treatment is necessary.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Renee Van Sickle
    The United States falls behind in healthy outcomes when compared to other countries.
  • The Management of Crohn's Disease in Adults and Young People
    J. F. Mayberry, A. Lobo, A. C. Ford, A. ThomasDisclosures Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2013;37(2):195-203. Correspondence to Prof. J. F. Mayberry, Department of Digestive Diseases, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, LE1 5WW, UK.
    The guideline offers best practice advice on the care of adults, children and young people with Crohn's disease. These are the first evidence-based clinical and cost-effectiveness guidelines for Crohn's disease in the United Kingdom.
  • The Importance of Communication and Education toward Patient Literacy: 
    The Importance of Communication and Education toward Patient Literacy: The Relationship of Functional Health and Patient’s Knowledge of Their Chronic Disease and Metabolic Disorder Part Two: The Importance of Understanding Hypertension… by Gary D. Goldberg, PhD Clinical Professor of Medical Education Angeles College of Nursing, Los Angeles, Ca.
    The aging populations in the U.S. with ‘Essential’ Hypertension are showing inadequate health literacy, plus its impact on patients with idiopathic chronic diseases such as type II, adult onset Diabetes Mellitus are makeable. To identify among patients with hypertension and/or with diabetes the relationship between their functional health literacy levels, and the role of the registered nurse as communicator and educator.
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