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Seasonal affective disorder … “Winter Blues” l Episode 038

Seasonal affective disorder … “Winter Blues” l Episode 038

December 17, 2020

Winter is here and we are still managing the affects of a pandemic. Seasonal affective disorder affects around 10 million Americans yearly. Will this year be worse? Listen to our podcast to learn more about SAD. 

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Neuralink Explained l Episode 037

Neuralink Explained l Episode 037

December 10, 2020

It is fascinating to think of an implantable device that could help improve or even dare say cure any neurological disorders. Elon Musk's vision for the Neuralink is quite impressive and may almost seem out of reach. This integration with technology and medical care to an entirely different level.

The Neuralink is an implanted device that is about the size of a coin. It has hundreds of  threads that are attached to it. These threads are microscopic and a fraction of the size of a strand of hair. To give a comparison one thread is 5 microns thick, a human hair is 100-microns thick. These threads are embedded about 4mm into the brain tissue using a robotic arm. Actually, the end result is to have this procedure all done robotically, taking 1  hour to complete. Once the threads are embedded the coin size chip sits flush with your skull, leaving only a small scar that is covered by your hair.  

This theory is heavily criticized by many. If Elon Musk and his team are able to bring their ideas to fruition, then it will be ground breaking in neuroscience. However, where there is good, evil is always lurking. I think there will be a great deal of responsibility that will have to be taken while developing this software. 

 

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AIDS Awareness l Episode 036

AIDS Awareness l Episode 036

December 3, 2020

This episode is meant to expand your knowledge and to help raise awareness for AIDS!

To understand AIDS, we should first start with how it progresses through HIV.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. 

  • It’s spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV
    • most commonly during unprotected sex (sex without a condom or HIV medicine to prevent or treat HIV)
    • Through sharing injection drug equipment.
  • Untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the most severe phase of HIV infection.

People with AIDS have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of severe illnesses. Without treatment, people with AIDS typically survive about three years.

 

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Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy l Episode 035

Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy l Episode 035

November 26, 2020

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where the brain activity becomes abnormal, this causes seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. There are many different types of epilepsy, and several types of seizure that epileptic patients can have. We dive into epilepsy in this episode to help spread awareness regarding one of the most common neurological disorders. 

As a nurse, patient or family member, it is important to basic first aid and safety for those who suffer from seizures. 

  1. STAY with the person and start timing the seizure.

  2. Keep the person SAFE.

  3. Turn the person onto their SIDE if they are not awake and aware.

  4. Do NOT put any objects in their mouth.

  5. Do NOT restrain.

  6. STAY with them until they are awake and alert after the seizure.

Call 911 if

  • Seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes
  • Repeated seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizure occurs in water
  • Person is injured, pregnant, or sick
  • Person does not return to their usual state
  • First time seizure
  • The person asks for medical help

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Premature Births and Maternal Deaths l Episode 034

Premature Births and Maternal Deaths l Episode 034

November 19, 2020

About 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery related complications. According to the CDC, A pregnancy-related death is defined “as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy from a pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy, or the aggravation of an unrelated condition by the physiologic effects of pregnancy.”

The maternal death rate among black women was 37.1 deaths per 100,000 live births, a rate up to three times the rates for non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women. Rates are actually climbing and in some cities up to 12% higher mortality

Learn more about our experiences with premature births. Visit our website for show notes and references www.thenursingpostpodcast.com

Sex and Superbugs l Episode 033

Sex and Superbugs l Episode 033

November 12, 2020

With superbugs on the rise, so are super STIs. Nurses come into contact with patients who have common superbugs that we see on a daily basis; MRSA, C-diff, and VRE to name a few. We’ll discuss the top 3 SUPER STIs and later look at what that means for nurses caring for elderly patients in nursing homes.

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension l Episode 032

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension l Episode 032

November 5, 2020

The term PH means high blood pressure in the lungs. This is not to be confused with “regular” systemic hypertension -that can be measured with a blood pressure cuff. In PH, the blood vessels specifically in the lungs are affected. They can become stiff, narrow and even damaged. This makes the right side of the heart work harder to pump blood through the lungs.

In this episode we discuss what pulmonary hypertension is, the signs and systems, risk factors that are associated with this disease process, and treatments.

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The Superstitions of Nursing l Episode 031

The Superstitions of Nursing l Episode 031

October 29, 2020

As a nursing student to the moment that you hit the floor to work, you’ve heard some of the strangest superstitions that nurses talk about. From the horrors of the “Full Moon”, The “Rule of 3s” and the “Q” word. There was actually a randomized controlled study done in 2019 that debunked the “Q” word holding any power. But this episode is not for studies, necessarily, but more a light hearted conversation on a couple of superstitions we found to be most interesting.

In this episode we discuss some of the nursing superstitions that we found most interesting. 

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Breast Cancer Awareness l Episode 030

Breast Cancer Awareness l Episode 030

October 22, 2020
Only 65.3% of women aged 40 and over have had their biennial mammograms in the last 2 years. Raising awareness regarding these private and downright uncomfortable procedures will make it easier for women to unite and raise these numbers.
 
Men are also diagnosed with breast cancer. People don’t realize that men have breast tissue and can develop breast cancer too.
 
In this episode we go over signs/symptoms, risk factors, and screening.
 
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The Effects of COVID on Nurse’s Mental Health l Episode 029

The Effects of COVID on Nurse’s Mental Health l Episode 029

October 15, 2020

The International Council of Nurses is emphasizing the increase of anxiety and stress for nurses working during the Covid-19 crisis in countries around the world. Healthcare providers are at high risk for, full-blown stress response syndromes, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic illness and burnout according to the International Council of Nurses. We have to keep talking about nurses and their mental health to make sure that we are all taking care of ourselves and one another.

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