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    Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet

    Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet
    h4. What is myasthenia gravis? Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body. The name myasthenia gravis, which is Latin and Greek in origin, literally means "grave muscle weakness." With current therapies, however, most cases of myasthenia gravis are not as "grave" as the name implies. In ...
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    Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse and Neglect

     Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse and Neglect
    The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is occurring in a family; however, when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination you should take a closer look at the situation and consider the possibility of child abuse. ...
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    Parent Shifts Draw Nurses Back to Work

    Parent Shifts Draw Nurses Back to Work
    What if you could drop off your children at school, work a shift at the hospital, then be back to greet your kids after classes? Such parent work shifts are ideal for nurses who want to keep a toe in the working world without sacrificing time with their kids. They're becoming more common as hospitals get creative to fill staffing gaps. ...
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    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference

    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference
    With health care employers increasingly measuring patient satisfaction levels and rewarding their employees for providing high-quality customer service, health professionals are realizing a good bedside manner is more important than ever. Good bedside manners not only improve interactions with patients, but also advance health professionals' careers. Evidence suggests those who have strong relationships with their patients are less likely to get ...
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    Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    h4. What is age-related macular degeneration? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain. In ...
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    Altered Levels of Consciousness

    h4. Background h4. Overview Altered states of consciousness include a spectrum of conditions of a normal, paranormal or abnormal nature. This course will present information on the alterations in levels of consciousness that are produced as a result of definitive and usually demonstrable structural abnormalities of the brain. Normal alterations in consciousness such as sleep and dreams will not be discussed ...
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    Peritoneal Dialysis

    Peritoneal Dialysis
    h4. Introduction With peritoneal dialysis (PD), you have some choices in treating advanced and permanent kidney failure. Since the 1980s, when PD first became a practical and widespread treatment for kidney failure, much has been learned about how to make PD more effective and minimize side effects. Since you don’t have to schedule dialysis sessions at a center, PD gives you ...
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    Celiac Disease

    Celiac Disease
    Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in products we use every day, such as stamp and envelope adhesive, medicines, and ...
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    Functional Assessment - The Key to Geriatric Care in the 21st Century

    h4. Introduction The next 30 years will result in a unique change in population demographics in this country. This change is already beginning. The baby boomers are getting old. The over 65 population will increase from being the 13% of the population it is today to 20% by the year 2030. More people than ever will reach the 100-year mark. All ...
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    Diabetes Mellitus

    Diabetes Mellitus
    Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. h4. Types of diabetes Type 1 diabetes was previously called ...
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    Tips For A Smooth Nursing Shift Change

    Tips For A Smooth Nursing Shift Change
    At the end of a long day of caring for patients, it’s time to give the end-of-shift report to the oncoming nurses. Although it may be tempting to rush through this routine duty, patient safety hinges on a complete and correct exchange of information. “We underestimate its importance,” says Elizabeth Henneman, RN, PhD, CCNS, an assistant professor in the School of ...
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    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes

    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes
    Vital signs show an individual is alive. They include heart beat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. These signs may be watched, measured, and monitored to check an individual's level of physical functioning. Normal vital signs change with age, sex, weight, exercise tolerance, and condition. Normal ranges for the average healthy adult vital signs are: Temperature: 97.8 - 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit ...
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    Endocrine System

    The endocrine system, along with the nervous system, functions in the regulation of body activities. The nervous system acts through electrical impulses and neurotransmitters to cause muscle contraction and glandular secretion. The effect is of short duration, measured in seconds, and localized. The endocrine system acts through chemical messengers called hormones that influence growth, development, and metabolic activities. The action of ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 8 Neurological System

    h4. Chapter 8: Neurological System The nervous system consists of the central nervous system (CNS), the peripheral nervous system, and the autonomic nervous system. Together these three components integrate all physical, emotional, and intellectual activities. The CNS includes the brain and spinal cord. These two structures collect and interpret voluntary and involuntary sensory and motor signals. A brief overview of the ...
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    Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet

    Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
    Introduction Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Although scientists are learning more every day, right now they still do not know what causes AD, ...
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    Alzheimer's Disease and Aluminum

    h4. Question: I have heard that aluminum may be involved in the development of Alzheimer's Disease. Does use of aluminum cookware and drinking from aluminum beverage cans place me at greater risk for developing this disease. Answer: Aluminum is one of the most abundant elements found in the environment. Therefore, human exposure to this metal is common and unavoidable. However, intake ...
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    Unique Properties of Stem Cells

    Unique Properties of Stem Cells
    Stem cells differ from other kinds of cells in the body. All stem cells - regardless of their source - have three general properties: they are capable of dividing and renewing themselves for long periods; they are unspecialized; and they can give rise to specialized cell types. h4. What do you think about the use of embryonic stem cells to treat ...
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    The Cardiovascular System

    The Cardiovascular System
    h4. THE HEART h4. The Structure of the Heart The size and position of the heart - Despite its heavy workload, the heart is not a large organ. It is about the size of the person's clenched fist and weighs 10 to 12 ounces. It is hollow and roughly conical in shape, with the narrow end pointed downward, to the left, ...
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    The Use and Maintenance of Implanted Port Vascular Access Devices

    h4. Introduction This course covers the history, required skills, and proper techniques of accessing and maintaining an implantable port in a clinical setting. The pros and cons of implantable ports versus other central lines are described and troubleshooting techniques are detailed. The importance of patient education is emphasized. The course work is intended for nurses, medical technicians, and physician assistants who ...
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    Hypothermia

    h4. Introduction Hypothermia is defined as a core temperature of less than 35 degrees C. Below this temperature the body systems for thermoregulation begin to fail. The body's ability to minimize heat loss through radiation, convection, respiration, conduction, and evaporation are very limited. The very young and the very old are the most susceptible to hypothermia as a result of their ...
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