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February 2, 2011

Dear Colleague,

February is American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's feature page for this month-long recognition is full of statistics, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and more valuable information for us and our patients. This year, I am paying particular attention to the diet and nutrition recommendations since a healthy diet and lifestyle are important weapons against heart disease.

One important recommendation: Limit sodium intake. Most people should aim to eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Anyone with hypertension, all middle-aged and older adults, and all African Americans should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

Learn more about heart disease and nutrition by visiting the CDC's American Heart Month page and exploring the articles in More Resources. Don't miss our next issue about Professional Development, plus recent articles and CEs!

Maintaining a Heart-Healthy Diet Most of the Time

Preventing Heart Disease Today and Tomorrow in Youth

Got Low-Fat Milk? How a Community-Based Coalition Changed School Milk Policy in New York City

The Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Diseases: Translating Research Findings to Clinical Recommendations CE

Adherence to the Low-Sodium Diet Plays a Role in the Interaction Between Depressive Symptoms and Prognosis in Patients With Heart Failure CE

CLINICAL QUERIES: Is diet soda a healthy choice?

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

Several of our journals have published and plan to publish editorials, articles, and other resources that support the IOM report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. These resources are compiled on the Focus On: The Future of Nursing page. Check back often for new additions!

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Thirteen recently approved drugs are featured in this continuing education article, including a new statin and a new antidiabetic. Don't miss New Drugs 2011, Part 1!
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Intermittent prone positioning is used to increase gas exchange in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Read this article to brush up on Prone Positioning in Trauma Patients: Nursing Roles and Responsibilities.
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Review our Recommended CE list on oral therapies for multiple sclerosis, use of honey in wound care, basic patient rights in psychiatric care...


In New Jersey, Texas, Maine, and New York, registered nurses are allowed to pronounce death of patients in all settings. Several other states allow nurses to pronounce death in certain settings or under certain conditions. Read more about making this final assessment in Issues in Nursing: Your Final Assessment: Determination of Death.
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The issue of education requirements for nurses continues to be debated here. Take some time to read Advancing the Education of Nurses: A Call for Action.
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Because low back pain is so common, serious underlying pathology can be easily overlooked. Learn to use the red flag approach for Recognizing the Red Flags of Low Back Pain.
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Browse our Recommended Readings on fostering creativity in nursing students, electronic health records 101, how patients contribute to poor workplace safety perceptions, and more.


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  • The FDA has approved Natroba (spinosad) topical suspension 0.9% for the treatment of head lice in patients 4 years of age and older. Common adverse reactions include redness or irritation of the eyes and skin.
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