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    Prader-Willi Syndrome

    Prader-Willi Syndrome
    h4. What is Prader-Willi syndrome? Prader-Willi syndrome is a complex genetic condition that affects many parts of the body. In infancy, this condition is characterized by weak muscle tone (hypotonia), feeding difficulties, poor growth, and delayed development. Beginning in childhood, affected individuals develop an insatiable appetite and chronic overeating (hyperphagia). As a result, most experience rapid weight gain leading to obesity. ...
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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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    Erectile Dysfunction

    h4. Introduction Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is defined as the consistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection of the penis sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual intercourse. The word "consistent" is included in the definition because an occasional episode of ED occurs in many men as a normal phenomenon. Additionally, the use of "impotence" as a synonym for ED has been virtually ...
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    Compassion Fatigue Syndrome: What is It? Do You Have It?

    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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    Developmental Hip Dysplasia

    Developmental Hip Dysplasia
    h4. Developmental Hip Dysplasia Explained Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), previously referred to as congenital dislocation of the hip (CDH), means that the hip joint of a newborn baby is dislocated or prone to dislocation. Around 95 per cent of babies born with DDH can be successfully treated. Approximately one in every 600 girls is affected, compared to just one ...
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    Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

    Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter
    In today's litigious society, it can be easy for the nursing staff to become involved directly or indirectly in legal matters. However, just as the amount of cases has increased, there are some common themes among legal battles involving nursing practitioners that have stood out. By understanding some of the issues at work, nurses can avoid many of the trouble or ...
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    Cystic Fibrosis - Update and Perioperative Considerations

    h4. Introduction Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a systemic, recessively inherited disease affecting the glands that produce mucus, tears, sweat, saliva and digestive juices. Normally, these secretions are thin and slippery. But in CF, a defective gene causes the body's secretions to become thick and sticky. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions may plug up tubes, ducts and passageways — ...
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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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    Dumping Syndrome

    Dumping Syndrome
    Dumping Syndrome, or Rapid Gastric Emptying, happens when the lower end of the small intestine (jejunum) fills too quickly with undigested food from the stomach. "Early" dumping begins during or right after a meal. Symptoms of early dumping include nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness, and fatigue. "Late" dumping happens 1 to 3 hours after eating. Symptoms of late dumping include ...
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    CNA to LVN - Carving Out a Career Path

    CNA to LVN - Carving Out a Career Path
    Do entry-level positions matter to you? Do you want to be on top? Do you think you have the right qualities to move up to the next level in your career? Are you aiming for a higher salary? Are you hungry for more knowledge, new challenges, and new experiences? Or are you the type of person who is willing to ...
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    Baby's head shape: What's normal?

    Baby's head shape: What's normal?
    Many newborns have slightly lopsided heads. Sometimes, it's because their heads are molded unevenly in the birth canal. In other cases, head shape is affected by spending too much time in one position. Although your baby's head shape will probably even out on its own, varying your baby's head position can help. h4. How position affects head shape You'll notice two ...
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    Tips for Getting Published in a Nursing Journal

    Tips for Getting Published in a Nursing Journal
    Getting an article published in a nursing journal may seem daunting to novice writers, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges. RN editors and authors offer these pointers to help aspiring authors convert good ideas into published work. h4. Recognize the Opportunity Most nursing journal articles are written by nurse educators required to conduct and publish research. However, staff nurses, nurse ...
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    Lupus Fact Sheet

    Lupus Fact Sheet
    Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is a serious and potentially fatal autoimmune disease that mainly affects young women. The disease often starts between the ages of 15 and 44. The manifestations of lupus are diverse: it can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. People of all races can have lupus; however, ...
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    Substance Abuse

    Substance Abuse
    h4. Introduction Substance abuse and addiction comprise a public health problem with wide-ranging social, economic, and physical consequences. Drug-related deaths have more than doubled since the early 1980s. Although substance abuse costs American society more than $135 billion a year, there is no real way to put a price on the overall costs to society. Increased crime, disease, devastation of families, ...
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    Animal Box for Valentines Day Cards

    Animal Box for Valentines Day Cards
    For this activity, children will create a box for their valentines that has personality with a fun animal face. Younger children may need to have a template made for them that they can decorate, but older children may like the flexibility of creating their own animal character. This should take a minimum of 1 hour to complete, but may be modified ...
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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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    Advancing Your LPN License

    Advancing Your LPN License
    Having a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse is a great start to immerse you in the nursing field relatively quickly, however, it can be limiting in the types of positions that are available to you. You may have found yourself with this license because you have never been able to take time enough away from your family or your job ...
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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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    Understanding the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

    Understanding the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
    _The document below pertains specifically to Georgia state law, but it can be used by all health care professionals to better understand Durable Power of Attorney practices in all states_ h4. What Is a Durable Power of Attorney For Health Care? A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOA-HC) is a document or paper that allows us to designate or ...
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    Pre-Anesthetic Assessment

    h4. Historical Perspectives During the 1970's and even later a shotgun approach to pre-anesthetic assessment was routine. Reasons for this attitude included the argument that broad based testing was good screening for patients who might not otherwise seek medical advice on a regular basis. Indeed, it was suggested that the information thus gained might well negate the need for an annual ...
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