1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  7. The Nurse Shortage and Distribution Problem

    We are not just facing a nurse shortage issue. We are also facing a nurse distribution problem. There are numerous states who are experiencing this shortage to a much greater extent than others, but there are things we CAN do to help alleviate this shortage and distribution problem. Visit us at SelfCare for HealthCare™ to learn more about ways we can all help.  …Read More

  8. The Cost of Sleep Deprivation

    Sleep deprivation has some sever costs. It endangers other workers lives and costs employers $1.4 million dollars a year. Many Americans have sleep disorders but they are often an overlooked problem most off us to do not even realize. There are certain behaviors we can modify that can help improve our quality of sleep. I discuss a few of those behaviors here and would love to share more of them wi…Read More

  9. Social Connections and Reduced Stress

    Social connections are one of the greatest predictors of happiness and reduced stress. It can often be found that those who cope best are those who increase their social interactions in the middle of stress--which is often the opposite of what we actually do. Moreover, high levels of workplace stress can bring their own sets of problems--including absenteeism, low-energy, irritability, and poor pe…Read More