Today is World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day 2016February 4 is World Cancer Day, a global initiative in the fight against cancer. Celebrated annually, World Cancer Day aims to save lives from preventable deaths and raise “awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.” This year’s theme is “We can. I can.” Its goal is to draw attention to the ways that we can address cancer individually, communally, and internationally.

According to Professor Tezer Kutluk, President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC),

 “World Cancer Day 2016 is a chance to reflect on what everyone can do to reduce the impact of this devastating disease, now, and for the future. We wish it to be a springboard for positive change. Take action for yourself, your organisation or your community/country, as everyone can make a difference and inspire others. ‘We can. I can.’ beat cancer.”

To learn more about World Cancer Day, visit www.worldcancerday.org.

Cancer Nursing, Eighth EditionJones & Bartlett Learning is committed to providing the highest quality resources for healthcare professionals who care for cancer patients. Later this year, we will publish a new edition of the gold standard in oncology nursing: Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice, Eighth Edition by Connie Henke Yarbro, Debra Wujcik, and Barbara Holmes Gobel.

With contributions from the foremost experts in the field, it has remained the definitive reference on the rapidly changing science and practice of oncology nursing for more than 25 years.

  • Completely updated and revised to reflect the latest research and developments in the care of patients with cancer
  • New chapters on the biology of cancer, sleep disorders, and palliative care across the cancer continuum
  • Significant updates to the basic science chapters to reflect recent increases in scientific knowledge, especially relating to genes and cancer

To learn more about Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice, Eighth Edition, visit our website.

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5-Star Review for the “excellent” 2016 Nurse’s Drug Handbook

2016 Nurse's Drug HandbookWhat a great way to start the year– we’ve just received a 5-star review and a perfect score of 100 for 2016 Nurse’s Drug Handbook. According to Carol Agana, MNSc, CNP, APRN, from the University of Arkansas, writing for Doody’s Review Service, it is,

“…an excellent book that I would recommend to undergraduate students [and] to nurses in a hospital, clinic, or other healthcare setting, who should have it available as a reference.”

Jones & Bartlett Learning 2016 Nurse’s Drug Handbook is the most up-to-date, practical, and easy-to-use nursing drug reference. Updated annually, it provides accurate and timely facts on hundreds of drugs from A-Z. Written in a no-nonsense style that speaks your language in terms you use every day, it offers concise and consistently formatted drug entries organized alphabetically.

The 2016 Nurse’s Drug Handbook includes:

  • Index of all generic, trade, and alternate drug names
  • Chemical and therapeutic classes, FDA pregnancy risk category, and controlled substance schedule
  • Indications and dosages, as well as route, onset, peak, and duration information
  • Incompatibilities and contraindications
  • Interactions with drugs, food, and activities
  • Adverse reactions
  • Nursing considerations, including key teaching points for patients
  • Mechanism-of-action illustrations
  • Warnings and precautions

New drug entries: albiglutide (Tanzeum), apremilast (Otezla), dalbavancin (Dalvance), dapagliflozin (Farxiga), dulaglutide (Trulicity), empagliflozin (Jardiance), eslicarbazepine acetate (Aptiom), ferric citrate (Auryxia), insulin, inhaled (rapid acting) (Afrezza), naloxegol (Movantik), olodaterol (Striverdi Respimat), omega 3-carboxylic acids (Epanova), oritavancin (Orbactiv), sucroferric oxyhydroxide (Velphoro), suvorexant (Belsomra), tedizolid (Sivextro), umeclidinium (Incruse Ellipta), vedolizumab (Entyvio), and vorapaxar (Zontivity).

Apps are also available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Interested in learning more? Visit our website.

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Preparing for Pregnancy: Nutrition Tips

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC

This month, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, offer expert insights on pregnancy and nutrition.

Pregnancy from conception to birth and beyond is a long journey. While most would describe it as an amazing experience, it is not free of few challenges along the way. This article is the first of a six-part series on nutrition and exercise recommendations for the cycle of pregnancy and its focus is on nutritionally preparing for pregnancy.

The pregnancy journey begins prior to conception. Women that are contemplating pregnancy should focus on a few key goals including achieving a healthy weight, proper vitamin and mineral intake, exercise, reducing stress, and eliminating harmful substances.

Achieving a Healthy Weight

Attaining a healthy weight is one of the most important factors affecting fertility (for females and males), conception, and overall health. Research has shown that being overweight or underweight can affect hormone levels and alter ovulation, which make it harder to conceive. For those that are overweight, even a 5% decrease in body weight has shown significant improvement in conception rates. For those that are underweight, achieving a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 19-24 (normal range) improves the rate of conception. Achieving a healthy weight, though, should be done gradually and safely as drastic weight changes can be harmful. Seeking guidance and support from a Registered Dietitian can be very helpful in this process.

Body Mass Index (BMI) = weight (kg)/height (m)2

BMI range:

  • Underweight: < 18.5
  • Normal weight: 18.5 – 24.9
  • Overweight: 26.0-29.9
  • Obese: > 30

Vitamins and Minerals

Woman of childbearing age should consume a variety of foods to provide the vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy pregnancy. The most important being folic acid, iron, zinc, vitamin B-12, calcium, choline, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). These vitamins and minerals are plentiful in a varied diet, but supplementation may be necessary in some cases and should be discussed with your Physician and/or Registered Dietitian.

The following foods are rich in the vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy pregnancy:

Folic acid: legumes, green leafy vegetables, whole wheat bread, citrus fruits and juices, enriched cereals and pastas

Iron: dried fruits, iron-fortified cereals, lean red meat, fish, poultry

Zinc: whole grains, fortified cereals, yogurt, meat, shellfish, legumes

Vitamin B-12: fortified cereals, milk beverages, shellfish, organ meats, fish, poultry

Calcium: milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, cottage cheese, calcium-fortified beverages such as orange juice and soymilk

Choline: eggs, legumes, low-fat milk, fish, beef, broccoli, cauliflower

Vitamin D: fatty fish, fortified dairy and soy products, fortified eggs, fortified cereals

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: fatty fish, fortified eggs, flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil, algae oil

Exercise

Exercise plays a vital role in pregnancy. Current recommendations include 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 30 minutes most days of the week. Exercise modes and amounts may vary throughout pregnancy. This will be discussed in greater detail in future articles.

Stress Reduction

Stress reduction prior to pregnancy is beneficial as high stress levels can certainly affect conception, lead to unhealthy eating, and cause weight fluctuations. In addition, reducing stress levels prior most likely will lead to a more stress-free pregnancy. One of the most productive ways to reduce stress is through exercise and this will be discussed in more detail next month.

Eliminating Harmful Substances

It goes without saying that harmful substances such as alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc. should be eliminated from the diet and/or daily routine. If you are having trouble eliminating these substances, discuss options with your health care provider.

Preparing nutritionally for pregnancy can increase the chances of conception and provide the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. For most, small changes can improve pregnancy outcomes and lead to a happier and healthier pregnancy.

The next six-blog articles discuss the current nutrition and exercise recommendations for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Pregnancy can certainly be a trying and confusing time and these articles are intended to provide answers to the most popular questions women (and often their providers) ask.

http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9780763778866/More information can be found in 100 Questions and Answers About Sports Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC.

Do you have a nutrition or exercise question? If so, submit them to adefronzo@jblearning.com . Questions will be answered on a monthly basis.

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Review: Pharmacology for Women’s Health, Second Edition is “an ideal textbook”

Pharmacology for Women’s Health, Second EditionIn a recently published review, the Midwest Book Review called Pharmacology for Women’s Health, Second Edition by Mary C. Brucker and Tekoa L. King “impressively well-organized and presented.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“…an ideal textbook for Medical Studies and Nurse Practitioner academic curricula, as well as Women’s Health Issues supplemental studies reading lists. No medical school or university library Health/Medicine reference collection can be considered complete or up-to-date without the inclusion of [this text].”

Pharmacology for Women’s Health, Second Edition is a unique text that discusses pharmacology as it specifically relates to women’s health. Completely updated and revised to reflect the changing field of pharmacology, it includes:

  • New pharmacological agents for common conditions
  • Changes in indications
  • The use of vaccines
  • Updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • The effects of the Affordable Care Act
  • New resource boxes in each chapter for easy access to more information

What’s more, each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Introduction to Human Disease, Sixth Edition Receives 5-Star Review

Introduction to Human Disease: Pathophysiology for Health Professionals, Sixth EditionWonderful news– Introduction to Human Disease: Pathophysiology for Health Professionals, Sixth Edition by Agnes G. Loeffler and Michael N. Hart just received five stars and a perfect score of 100 from Doody’s Review Service.

Steven K Hamick, AAS, BIS, from William Beaumont Hospitals, writing for Doody’s Review Service, says that,

“The authors have done a masterful job of updating this book and it remains highly recommended for all nursing and allied health programs.”

Introduction to Human Disease: Pathophysiology for Health Professionals, Sixth Edition provides a broad overview of the most common and important human diseases for students pursuing careers in the health professions. Comprehensive yet accessible, it addresses the aspects of disease epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment that are essential to clinical practice.

  • Thoroughly updated to cover the latest advances in medical knowledge and practice, especially with regard to mental health and nutritional disorders
  • Includes additional clinical information on treatments for diseases
  • Features new full-color photos and illustrations, learning objectives, and practice questions for review and assessment

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Wins 2015 AJN Book of the Year Award

Lauwers-cover-updated with AJN sealWe are so proud to announce that Counseling the Nursing Mother: A Lactation Consultant’s Guide, Sixth Edition by Judith Lauwers and Anna Swisher was just awarded second place in the 2015 AJN Book of the Year Awards Maternal-Child Nursing/Childbirthing category. For more than 40 years, the American Journal of Nursing has released an annual list of the best in nursing publishing. Encompassing a wide-range of categories, the 2015 AJN Book of the Year Awards recognize the most valuable texts published between August 2014 and August 2015.

“Jones & Bartlett Learning is truly honored to accept this 2015 AJN Book of the Year Award. To be granted this distinction within the Maternal-Child Nursing/Childbirthing category is especially meaningful given our longstanding and devoted work in the areas of women’s health, midwifery, breastfeeding, and lactation. We applaud the dedication of our authors in maintaining this seminal work through its six editions and we extend our congratulations to both the authors and our publishing team.” – Amanda Martin, Executive Editor, Jones & Bartlett Learning

Written from a teaching perspective, Counseling the Nursing Mother: A Lactation Consultant’s Guide, Sixth Edition presents topics within a counseling framework with practical suggestions and evidence-based information interwoven throughout. Completely updated and revised, it includes new research on milk composition, the importance of the gut microbiome and skin-to-skin care, Affordable Care Act changes, and the latest guidelines from the World Health Organization for breastfeeding with HIV. Also explored and expanded are discussions on cultural competence, working effectively and sensitively with LGBTQ families, addressing disparities in health equity, milk banking issues, and social media trends for lactation information and support.

What else makes the Sixth Edition special?

  • Serves as a significant teaching tool for students, interns, and other healthcare professionals
  • Contains an extensive glossary and bulleted lists at the end of each chapter
  • Ideal study guide for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification and practice
  • Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Unique Introductory Microbiology Text Scores Big with Reviewers

Krasner3eLast spring we conducted a review of our unique microbiology textbook, The Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective, Third Edition by (the late) Robert Krasner and Teri Shors. The text is unique in that it covers the core microbiology concepts for an introductory microbiology course through a public health lens. This makes it perfect for students already in or considering a pre-health professions major, students interested in public health, non-majors who would benefit from a focus on how microbiology impacts everyday life, and students at schools that push an interdisciplinary focus.

In our review we sought feedback from instructors who are currently or have very recently used the text in their introductory microbiology course and instructors who have not adopted the current Third Edition. Overall, 11 of 12 reviewers using the Third Edition intend to continue using the book and already anticipate adopting the next edition.

Specifically, instructors had this to say about the text’s unique approach to the subject:

“It is perfect for community/public health majors.  I like how the author has linked in comparisons that the students can relate to, and how everyday items/activities have been used to build greater understanding of materials…The key strength of the book, for my class, is that a non-biology major can learn epidemiology concepts successfully.   In today’s world of prevention this book is well structured and written.”

– Dr. Kim LeBard-Rankila, University of Wisconsin Superior

“Key strengths are the excellent writing and the introductory nature of the book…This book is NOT a watered down version of a typical Microbiology textbook.  Rather, it presents concepts and issues in Microbiology that are most relevant to human societies.”

– Dr. Kathleen Page, Southern Oregon University

“The Microbial Challenge is an outstanding introductory textbook for the field of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Biology. Krasner & Shors mastered the challenge to produce an easy-to-read textbook that keeps a complex context simple and understandable.

–  Dr. Carsten Sanders, University of Pennsylvania

“I reviewed a number of books before choosing this one for my epidemiology course.  [The] Microbial Challenge won out over the others due to its user friendliness for non-biology majors, for the flow of the materials, how the content linked into real life and helped the reader see how these issues could/can affect them … In my opinion. It’s a winner.”

– Dr. Kim LeBard-Rankila, University of Wisconsin Superior

Learn more about best-selling The Microbial Challenge: A Public Health Perspective, Third Edition by visiting our site.

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Review: “Lewin’s GENES XI is the best molecular biology textbook with a high reputation.”

KrebsGENESXIWe recently conducted a review of our best-selling and highly regarded, GENES XI textbook. We sought feedback from instructors who are currently or have very recently used the text in their molecular biology course and instructors who have not adopted the current Eleventh Edition.

Specifically, instructors had this to say about the text’s organization and comprehensive coverage of content:

“For the level of class I teach [the course is open to both upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students], the topic depth is excellent. In some cases, there is more depth than I will need/use, but topics are presented in a way that this extra depth does not preclude the student/reader from gaining the knowledge and level of depth the instructor is targeting.”

– Dr. Matthew Stern, Winthrop University

Genes XI is a great textbook to use for upper-level undergraduates as I prepare them for a career in the molecular biosciences.  Because Genes XI is a comprehensive text that is commonly used in first year graduate courses, it is an excellent tool that can be used when preparing students for eventual graduate studies.”

– Dr. Bradley Isler, Ferris State University

“After reviewing both the latest edition of Watson et al. and Genes XI, I decided to go with Genes XI because I felt it was the most comprehensive and also aligned most closely with the ‘graduate class in an undergraduate setting’ personality of the course…I feel that Genes XI is far more complete and thorough than Watson et al.”

– Dr. Bradley Isler, Ferris State University

“…overall I prefer GENES and have used this textbook for about 17 years since I believe it is overall superior to and more focused than Molecular Biology of the Cell.”

– Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lewin’s GENES XI is the best molecular biology textbook with a high reputation.  It is well written, up to date, and internationally adopted…The key strengths are the comprehensiveness.  Almost every aspect of genes is included in the textbook.”

– Dr. Zhiming Liu, Eastern New Mexico University

“The molecular biology class I took as an undergraduate student used GENES VI, and I have always considered it one of the best books I used as a student.”

– Dr. Matthew Stern, Winthrop University

Learn more about the comprehensive GENES XI by visiting our site.

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Review of Climatology, Third Edition: “it is the best text on the market for my course.”

Rohli_Vega3eIn planning for a fourth edition of our comprehensive climatology text for the upper-level undergraduate or introductory-level graduate course, we conducted a revision survey with instructors who are currently or have very recently used the text in their course and instructors who have not adopted the current Third Edition.

Specifically, instructors had this to say about the text’s depth of coverage and student-readability:

…it is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the science of climatology that I have encountered…This is a solid textbook and is worthy of use in climatology courses.”

– Timothy J. Wallace, Mississippi State University

I do find that the inclusion of statistical and mathematical equations does make this textbook stand out from many others I have reviewed…I feel the main strength is the depth covered within each chapter.  I have reviewed at least five climatology textbooks, and this one has the most scientific explanations and examples…I find this to be my favorite textbook at discussing the physical processes and details of Earth’s climate system…
I sincerely feel this is one of the finest and most comprehensive climatology textbooks out there.”

– Dr. Stephen Tsikalas, Jacksonville State University

“The biggest strength is the overall accessibility of the material for undergraduate students. Generally, the authors do a great job of explaining fairly complex principles without watering it down.

– Dr. Tianna Bogart, Frostburg State University

“As of now it is the best text on the market for my course.  I feel like it does a great job covering the basic science behind what causes differences in climate geographically. I also like that the text covers both natural and anthropogenic climate variability.”

– Dr. Kimberly DeBiasse, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Learn more about the comprehensive Climatology, Third Edition by visiting our site.

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Gallup Poll Ranks Nursing the Most Honest and Ethical Profession

nurse and patientFor the 14th consecutive year, nursing ranks highest on Gallup’s list of the most trusted professions in the U.S. According to their annual poll that rated honesty and ethics in various fields, 85% of Americans gave nurses “high” or “very high” ratings.

According to Gallup, nurses have ranked highest on this poll “every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. The exception is 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a one-time basis, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.” Other professions that were rated highly on this year’s poll included pharmacists, medical doctors, high school teachers, and police officers.

“It’s essential that we leverage this trust to lead and implement change in the health care system,” said Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). “Hospitals, health care systems and other organizations are lacking an important perspective and can’t make fully competent decisions if they don’t have registered nurses at the board table or in the C-Suite.  That’s why ANA is a member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, working to place 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020.”

In keeping with this, earlier this year ANA deemed 2015 as the “Year of Ethics.” Recognizing the importance of ethics in all aspects of nursing practice, ANA has also released a revised code of ethics for the profession, the first since 2001.

Please join us in recognizing the outstanding integrity of nurses this and every year. Find out more about our nursing resources at www.jblearning.com/nursing.

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