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    Digoxin Oral

    h4. Why is this medication prescribed? Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). It helps the heart work better and it helps control your heart rate. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. h4. How should this medicine be used? Digoxin comes as a tablet, capsule, or ...
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    Cell Organelles

    Cell Organelles
    The human body contains many different organs, such as the heart, lung, and kidney, with each organ performing a different function. Cells also have a set of "little organs", called organelles, that are adapted and/or specialized for carrying out one or more vital functions. Organelles are found only in eukaryotes and are always surrounded by a protective membrane. It is important ...
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    Depression

    Depression
    In any given 1-year period, 9.5 percent of the population, or about 20.9 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness5 The economic cost for this disorder is high, but the cost in human suffering cannot be estimated. Depressive illnesses often interfere with normal functioning and cause pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder, but also to ...
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    Schizophrenia: Overview and Symptoms

    Schizophrenia: Overview and Symptoms
    Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has been recognized throughout recorded history . It affects about 1 percent of Americans. People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear or they may believe that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These experiences are terrifying and can cause fearfulness, withdrawal, ...
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    Rett Syndrome

    Rett Syndrome
    An important part of the mission of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to understand all stages of development throughout the lifespan - from birth and childhood, through adolescence and adulthood, and into old age. One of the key ...
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    Autonomic Nervous System

    The autonomic nervous system is a visceral efferent system, which means it sends motor impulses to the visceral organs. It functions automatically and continuously, without conscious effort, to innervate smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, and glands. It is concerned with heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and other visceral activities that work together to maintain homeostasis. The autonomic nervous system ...
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    Adrenal Gland Disorders

    Adrenal Gland Disorders
    h4. What are the adrenal glands? The adrenal glands are the part of the body responsible for releasing three different classes of hormones. These hormones control many important functions in the body, such as: * Maintaining metabolic processes, such as managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation * Regulating the balance of salt and water * Controlling the "fight or flight" ...
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    Malpractice and Other Lawsuits Affecting Nurses

    Malpractice and Other Lawsuits Affecting Nurses
    Q: How can I be responsible for a bad patient outcome when I barely knew the patient? Am I responsible for a patient's bad outcome when several others also took care of the patient? Why am I being sued when the patient was well and discharged from my floor a week ago? I am only the HMO "Call A Nurse", how ...
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    Migraine

    h4. Introduction Despite efforts made in 1962 and 1988 to better define the clinical parameters of migraine, concepts of the basic pathophysiologic mechanisms responsible for the disease have remained essentially unchanged until the last decade. Therapeutic efforts concentrated on countering the vasodilatory status of the cerebral circulation to which was attributed the clinical manifestations of migraine. During the past decade, however, ...
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    Going to Extremes: Bipolar Disorder

    Going to Extremes: Bipolar Disorder
    There is a tendency to romanticize bipolar disorder. Many artists, musicians, and writers have suffered from its mood swings. But in truth, many lives are ruined by this disease; and without effective treatment, the illness is associated with an increased risk of suicide. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious brain disease that causes extreme shifts in mood, ...
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    Genetic Mapping

    Genetic Mapping
    h4. What is genetic mapping? Developing new and better tools to make gene hunts faster, cheaper and practical for any scientist was a primary goal of the Human Genome Project (HGP). One of these tools is genetic mapping, the first step in isolating a gene. Genetic mapping - also called linkage mapping - can offer firm evidence that a disease transmitted ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 2 Integumentary System

    h4. Chapter 2: Integumentary System The skin is the largest organ in the body. The normal adult has over 20 square feet of skin so it is easy to understand how something can go wrong with this much area to cover. As a membranous barrier between a person's outer and inner surroundings, the skin responds to external changes and also reflects ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 1 History and Physical Examination

    h4. Introduction Performing an accurate physical assessment and being able to differentiate normal from abnormal findings is one of the most important roles for today's health care practitioner. If an accurate physical assessment cannot be performed, whether for baseline data or when the patient's condition changes, then the patient is not receiving the level of competent care that should be given. ...
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    Scoliosis

    Scoliosis
    h4. Alternative Names Spinal curvature; Kyphoscoliosis h4. Definition Scoliosis is a curving of the spine. The spine curves away from the middle or sideways. Causes, incidence, and risk factors There are three general causes of scoliosis: * Congenital scoliosis is due to a problem with the formation of vertebrae or fused ribs during prenatal development. * Neuromuscular scoliosis is caused by ...
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    Chelation Therapy

    h4. What is chelation therapy? Chelation (pronounced key-LAY-shun) therapy is an investigational therapy using a man-made amino acid, called EDTA. It is added to the blood through a vein. An international research study is now testing whether chelation therapy is safe and effective for treating heart disease. Why is this study being conducted? Many people are considering using chelation therapy because ...
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    Cancer Screening in Real World Practice

    h4. Introduction Today's clinicians are busier than ever. The managed care revolution, reimbursement, loss of autonomy, and the Internet have all affected today's physician. The generalist is being asked to do more each day with less, and seems to be losing the war over billing, paperwork, independence, and turf. Because traditional CME frequently has been shown to be of limited value ...
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    Alternative Therapies for Women's Health

    This topic is an actual presentation from a national conference conducted by Contemporary Forums and includes the streaming, synchronized audio with visual materials. CE Credit is optional. Contemporary Forums: Providing Quality, Accredited Continuing Education to Thousands of Healthcare Professionals For More Than 25 Years and Now Offering both Live Conferences and Online Conference Content Via the Online CE Library.
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    Avian Influenza

    Avian Influenza
    h4. Introduction Most of Asia and parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, are currently experiencing expanding outbreaks of an avian influenza that is decimating domestic fowl populations, infecting and killing people that have unprotected contact with the infected birds, and causing genuine concern in the medical and scientific communities throughout the world. The reason for the multi-national concern is ...
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    Clinically Significant Drug Interaction with the Cytochrome P450 Enzyme System

    h4. Introduction Many drugs undergo oxidative biotransformation in order to be transformed from lipophilic to hydrophilic compounds so that they may be more readily eliminated from the body. The cytochrome P450 enzyme system is the major catalyst of oxidative biotransformation reactions involved in drug metabolism. The nomenclature of the cytochrome P450 enzyme system involves grouping the enzymes into families and subfamilies. ...
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    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
    h4. What is GERD? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more serious form of gastroesophageal reflux (GER), which is common. GER occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens spontaneously, for varying periods of time, or does not close properly and stomach contents rise up into the esophagus. GER is also called acid reflux or acid regurgitation, because digestive juices - ...
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