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March 2020

FAU Researchers Evaluate the Effects of Three Interventions on Lower Back Pain

About 80% of adults in the U.S. will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Treating back pain typically involves medication, including opioids, surgery, therapy and self-care options. Patients are often advised to use non-pharmacological treatments to manage lower back pain, such as exercise and mind-body interventions. But, do they help?

Researchers from FAU's College of Nursing and College for Design and Social Inquiry evaluated the effects of three movement-based mind-body interventions on chronic low back pain - yoga, tai chi and qigong. A review was published in the journal Holistic Nursing Practice.

Results found movement-based mind-body interventions to be effective for treatment of low back pain, reporting positive outcomes, including reduction in pain or psychological distress, such a depression and anxiety, reduction in pain-related disability, and improved functional ability.

Researchers were Dr. Juyoung Park, co-author and associate professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, and Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello, co-author, professor and director of C-P.A.W.W. within the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and a faculty fellow of FAU's Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention, and Chrisanne M. Barnes, M.S., co-author and former master's student of Dr. Krause-Parello. Click here for the full story.

Study Examines Airborne Exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms 

Florida has experienced numerous harmful algal blooms in recent years, including blue-green algae and their toxins. There is little data on human exposure to these blooms and concentrations of the toxins they produce in tissues of exposed individuals.

A study led by FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in collaboration with the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Colorado State University was recently published in the journal Harmful Algae. The results provide evidence of aerosol exposure to microcystins among coastal residents.

“Our study represents an essential first step in assessing and mitigating the potentially harmful effects of cyanobacteria blooms. We have a lot of unanswered questions to address regarding absorption of toxins, the minimum safe distance for persons from blooms, and potential health effects of exposure,” said Adam Shaefer, MPH, lead author and an epidemiologist at FAU's Harbor Branch.

"We believe the results of this study will eventually improve the health outcomes of those in our community and beyond who are exposed to harmful algae blooms," said Dr. Nancy Harris, Assistant Professor at FAU's College of Nursing.

Study co-authors are Dr. James Sullivan, Executive Director of FAU’s Harbor Branch; Luke Yrastorza, Nicole Stockley, Robert Grady, and Malcolm McFarland, Ph.D., all with FAU’s Harbor Branch; Drs. Kathi Harvey, Nancy Harris, Diane Esposito, Shirley Gordon and Teresa Gibson (DNP student), all with FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; and John S. Reif, D.V.M, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University. Read more here

College Leads Veteran Research Interest Group

As a leader in research aimed at bettering the lives of veterans and their families, the College of Nursing has created a new Veterans Research Interest Group at FAU. The initiative is designed to build strong collaborations to work together toward obtaining research funding dedicated to the well-being of veterans. College of Nursing members include Drs. Beth King, Cheryl Krause-Parello, Patricia Liehr, Beth Pratt and Marilyn Ray. The guiding principle is grounded in caring with gratitude for the sacrifices of the veteran community and the duty to give back to those who have served in honor and defense of freedom.

The Cupid Crew Visits the Memory & Wellness Center

On February 14th,  Home Care Assistance, in partnership with A Wish of a Lifetime Movement’s Cupid Crew, stopped by the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center to hand out roses to participants. They shared the love on Valentine’s Day in an effort to fight against senior isolation, especially for those who have lost a spouse or loved one. Their mission is to change the way the world ages, and they definitely brought a smile to all of our participants. Thank you so much for stopping by and spreading the Valentine cheer!

Student Spotlight

Philanthropist Christine E. Lynn and Dean Safiya George joined more than 100 nursing students in a conversation focused on community health and nursing. Christine shared her and her late husband's passion for improving healthcare in the community. She also discussed her incredible nursing career. We're grateful to Christine for her time and generosity.
BSN Honors Student Nicole Anderson presented her poster, "Harmful Algae Blooms: What School Nurses Need to Know," at the Florida Association for School Nurses annual conference. Well done!
The College recently launched a new Student Life webpage. The page will house information for prospective and current students related to student resources, financial aid and scholarship information, student nursing organizations, programs, awards, student spotlights, photos and more.

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

College of Nursing Dean Safiya George and College for Design and Social Inquiry Dean Naelys Luna recently visited the Universidad del Quindío in Armenia, Columbia. They explored interprofessional collaboration with the colleges of nursing, medicine, social work and social science for potential research and student service learning opportunities. 

Dr. Dee Ray, Professor Emeritus and Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Air Force, Nurse Corps, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McMaster University in May 2020. What an honor!
Sigma Theta Tau Chapter-at-Large President Patricia Dittman recently thanked outgoing President Anne-Marie Rempala for her service to the organization. Thank you for your leadership.
FAU's College of Nursing and Cross Country Healthcare recently co-published two healthcare education articles - Evolving Skill Sets Required by Medical Practitioners - The Soft(er) Side and Evolving Skill Sets Required by Medical Practitioners - The Digital Side.

Events

With the new year underway, we encourage you to give the gift of a Lamplighter Scholarship. Lamplighters provide a very special welcome to our youngest students through their message of support and encouragement. A Lamplighter scholarship is a one-time gift of $500. Give here. An event bringing together our Lamplighters and students will be held in April. Thank you for your consideration.


The College's Center for Intentional Health is hosting a Labyrinth Walk with Reflection on select Tuesdays, from 1-2pm. Mark your calendar and join us!



The College's Initiative for Intentional Health is hosting gentle hatha flow yoga every Tuesday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bring your own yoga mat. Join us!
FAU's College of Nursing celebrated Penny Shaffer, South Florida Market President for Florida Blue, as part of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sand in my Shoes award. We are grateful for your leadership and partnership in creating healthy communities.
In partnership with FAU's College of Medicine, nursing faculty and students participated in the Healthcare and Science Stars of Tomorrow Career Symposium. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Satcher, the nation's leading spokesperson on public health, education and wellness. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for the many students in attendance.


Caring-based Academic Partnerships in Excellence: Veteran RNs in Primary Care (CAPE-V) recently hosted Colonel Marcia A. Potter, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Master Clinician for the United States Air Force, who spoke on Stories of Caring from Combat and Beyond. 


Thank you to all those who came out to visit with Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello and Fenway, a labradoodle support dog, during FAU's Research Encounter. The event provided a wonderful opportunity to explore the research occurring at FAU.
Representatives from industry-leading healthcare organizations, such as Boca Regional Hospital, Jupiter Medical Center, Broward Health and Cross Country Healthcare, attended the College of Nursing Career Fair and shared employment opportunities with those in attendance. Thank you to all who participated.
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