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ACHOOO!!!! Tips for Allergy Sufferers

ACHOOO!!!! Tips for Allergy Sufferers

As a group of my colleagues at Guardian Nurses headed to our parking lot last week, we all noticed the pollen that had settled on our cars in just eight hours. No wonder so many of us have been sneezing and blowing our noses! And just this past weekend, I spent some...

The Gift of Showing Up

The Gift of Showing Up

There are countless stories that we share at Guardian Nurses. Stories of our patients and their families, of nurses, of providers like nurse practitioners and physicians, and of other members of our big, confusing healthcare system. Given our role in our patients'...

Women’s Hearts Deserve More Than Chocolate and Roses

Women’s Hearts Deserve More Than Chocolate and Roses

I don't know many women who would turn down roses or chocolate on Valentine's Day. But during Heart Month, after you deliver the roses and chocolate, let's talk about women's heart health. Many people believe that heart disease is 'only' a disease that affects men and...

Fighting Infection is in Your Hands

Fighting Infection is in Your Hands

When you were growing up, how many times did your mother tell you to wash your hands? It was likely one of the early lessons our parents and teachers taught us. We know that feces (aka 'poop') from people or animals is an important source of germs. A single gram of...

SAD – Not Just an Adjective!

SAD – Not Just an Adjective!

The Thanksgiving holiday typically signals the season of celebration and holidays---Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwaanza. But for many, the darker, colder days herald another type of period: one of fatigue, lethargy and depression. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD — a...

What is RSV and Why Are So Many Kids Sick?

What is RSV and Why Are So Many Kids Sick?

Hospitals, both pediatric and adult, are filled beyond capacity, patients are waiting in already-overcrowded emergency rooms. Nurses are being assigned more patients than is safe. And thus begins a flu season that’s hitting harder and earlier than usual. There's no...

More Than a Color. More than a Month.

More Than a Color. More than a Month.

Since 1985, October has had a special recognition of being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Maybe you've noticed the color pink everywhere. Likely everyone reading this has had someone they love diagnosed with breast cancer. And many of those same folks have also known...

It’s Greek to Me. Or Maybe it’s Latin.

Well, for most school-age children and their parents, September means 'back to school.' And it shall be no different this month for readers of The Flame. This past month, I've had the enormous pleasure of volunteering at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London. As...

Do Nurses Have Pet Peeves? (Yes.)

Do Nurses Have Pet Peeves? (Yes.)

It's July and the temperatures are climbing. A nurse colleague in Tucson, Arizona reports that today, outside of her office, it's 108 degrees. Walking outside to go to lunch in Philly you'll be hit with stifling humidity. So it's no surprise that this episode of The...

A Spoonful of Medicine; A Shot Glass of Sunscreen

A Spoonful of Medicine; A Shot Glass of Sunscreen

Today marks the 'official' start of summer! Most U.S. schools are dismissed, movie theaters enjoy larger audiences, families head out on vacations to the beaches, lakes, campgrounds, mountains, and cities and baseball games are in play again. At or centered on the...

Baby Formula Resources

Baby Formula Resources

In February, Abbott, the largest producer of baby formula in the U.S., and the maker of Similac, was ordered by the FDA to shut down their production facility which produces Similac, EleCare and several other leading powdered baby formulas. Cronobacter bacteria had...

Who Doesn’t Like to Laugh?

Who Doesn’t Like to Laugh?

I don't know about you, but it has felt like forever to get to April! But it's here now and with it, lots of April holidays and celebrations. Most of us know about April Fool’s day. We may play a few harmless pranks on friends, co-workers and family members. What...