Belching, hiccuping and related issues are common complaints among patients. Dr. David Johnson of Eastern Virginia Medical School explains the distinction between normal and abnormal belching, and discusses the behavioral component of what's known as supragastric belching -- meaning it isn't serving an important physiological function. Yet, belching and the related condition of air swallowing aren't easily treated. Interventions could include drugs or speech therapy. Hiccups, meanwhile, are associated with a spasm of the intercostal muscles and diaphragm. Hiccups are common, but a persistent issue can signal a serious health problem and should be evaluated by an expert.
The national job-offer rate for baccalaureate nursing graduates is 56% at graduation and 88% six months later, according to a survey of nursing school leaders by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The BSN job-offer rate for new BSN grads is highest in the South, followed by the Midwest, the Northeast and the West. The rate for MSN grads is higher than for baccalaureate graduates.
Women who drank more than four cups of coffee were 25% less likely to develop endometrial cancer, according to findings from the Nurses' Health Study, while drinking two to three cups a day was linked to a 7% reduction in risk. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Pregnant women who had developed high blood glucose levels at 28 weeks of gestation were 3 1/2 times more at risk of giving birth to babies weighing more than 9 pounds, 15 ounces compared with those who had the lowest glucose levels, according to Irish researchers.