1. Women Getting Less Sleep than Men

    A new survey from the Better Sleep Council found that males often bragged about getting adequate amounts of sleep, while the women were considerably less likely to get a good night’s rest. Eight-four-percent of female participants found that sleep is important to their health, however, compared to men, the women fell short of getting recommended amounts of sleep each night. Researchers found th…Read More

  2. How to Produce More Nurses Faster

    There is tremendous demand from students who want to enter nursing programs, yet last year 56,000 qualified applicants were turned away. So nursing programs are thinking out of the box, creating ways to accommodate more students.   West Virginia University's School of Nursing is expanding their program to new campuses, looking at new models of partnering with hospitals to allow their nursing …Read More

  3. 56,000 Qualified Applicants Turned Away from Nursing Schools

    There's an acute nursing shortage in the United States. Experienced nurses are retiring at a rapid clip, and there aren't enough new nursing graduates to replenish the workforce, yet nursing schools are turning away thousands of qualified applicants.   There are currently about three million nurses in the United States. The country will need to produce more than one million new registered nur…Read More

  4. Poor Sleep Causing Health Problems

    Poor sleep quality and insomnia are associated with increased blood pressure and vascular inflammation in women, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. A large minority, about 28%, of Americans report less than six hours of sleep a night. Another 24% face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Women experience sleep disturbances largely due to fulfilling dem…Read More

  5. Working Overtime May be Bad for Your Health

    Working lots of overtime may be bad for you. New research suggests that women who clock 45 or more hours a week have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than those who work 35 to 40 hours weekly. The researchers aren't sure why extra work may boost diabetes risk, or why this link was only found in women, but they suspect it is related to the hours of unpaid work at home that women tend to engage in m…Read More

  6. Another Reason for Adequate Sleep: Safer Pregnancies

    Sleep is an emerging risk factor for various prenatal complications. Sleep, its duration and quality, may affect the baby. Research is showing that sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, may restrict oxygen flow to the baby and cause cardiovascular problems for the mother later in life. Low birth weight, which is defined as less than 5.5 pounds, is associated with adverse health outcome…Read More

  7. Hospitals and Colleges Partner to Ease Nursing Shortage

    In efforts to recruit and retain nurses, hospitals are partnering with local colleges to provide hands-on training to nursing students and creating internal pools to fill temporary vacancies without using contract labor. While these affiliations come with added cost, they also increase the likelihood that the student will choose to work at the hospital after he or she graduates and will be prepare…Read More

  8. Nursing Shortage to Squeeze Hospital Margins

    Hospitals will continue to feel financial constraints from the ongoing nursing shortage for the next three to four years, according to a new report. Labor comprises more than half of most hospitals' operating revenue, and that share will continue to rise as turnover among nurses remains high and not enough new nurses enter the workforce, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service. Prov…Read More

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    Young Women and Girls Need More Exercise

    Many teens and young adults, particularly women and girls, are physically inactive, a new study reveals. Girls, black people, and kids from poorer families are least likely to meet exercise guidelines, according to the report on teens and young adults aged 12 to 29. For teens, guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. Adults should get 150 minutes a week of m…Read More