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Learn About the Latest in Medical Advancements for Common Conditions

Written by Rose Torrento on Monday, April 17, 2017 Posted in Industry News

busy nurseTravel nurses, due to the nature of their work, encounter different ways of treating common conditions. Even though attending conferences or workshops is often impossible, learning about new treatments is imperative for your job. Here are a few updates:

AIDS vaccine

Although members of the medical community have been fighting AIDS for decades now, researchers haven’t yet developed an effective vaccine. One experimental vaccine called HVTN 702 is in clinical trials in South Africa. If effective, the treatment could not only prevent more people from contracting and spreading the disease but also assist those already living with the virus, which has the highest infection rates in Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Depression treatments

Although doctors have prescribed atypical antipsychotic drugs, researchers are studying drugs like ketamine, which starts to work in hours — rather than days. The jury is still out on Ketamine, but without additional options on the horizon, some industry insiders are pushing for more research to establish efficacy. Researchers recently identified a molecule in the brain they have been able to use successfully to alleviate depression and anxiety in mice. New treatments associated with this discovery are likely on the horizon.

Cancer vaccines and autoimmune therapy

vaccineAutoimmune therapy, like vaccines, stimulates the immune system, which may lead to better treatment outcomes. Vaccines and autoimmune therapy work primarily by stimulating the immune system to fend off foreign invaders: in this case, cancer cells.

New cancer vaccines are on the rise, and they’re designed to fight specific types of cancer such as prostate, cervical, anal, and vulvar cancer. A breast cancer prevention vaccine is in development.

Migraines

Migraines are common and can be very painful and debilitating for patients. Unfortunately, as you know, treatments may not provide the fast relief patients need for chronic conditions. An experimental drug called TEV-48125, however, has shown promise in providing relief within three to seven days and possibly preventing new headaches. Another drug in testing could block the onset of migraines.

Smarter pregnancy tests

Clearblue researchers developed a pregnancy test that indicates what gestation point mothers are in as well as pregnancy. This test may be very helpful for women with irregular periods.

Diabetes and prediabetes

exerciseAs researchers discovered in 2016, treating prediabetes in the same way as diabetes helped patients reduce their risks of developing diabetes. Modest weight loss with diet and exercise helped a majority of patients as did taking metformin.

Researchers are advancing medicine through new tests they’re developing on an ongoing basis. These advancements help increase patients’ chances of finding relief and make it easier for health care providers to offer the quality care their patients need.

At Health Providers Choice, we’re here to help you navigate the changing world of nursing. Get in touch online or call us at 888-299-9800 for answers to your career questions.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.