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    Dehydration

    Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Vomiting and diarrhea are common causes. Infants and children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because of their smaller body weights and higher turnover of water and electrolytes. ...
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    Sputum Culture

    Sputum Culture
    Sputum is a secretion that is produced in the lungs and the bronchi (tubes that carry the air to the lung). This mucus-like secretion may become infected, bloodstained, or contain abnormal cells that may lead to a diagnosis. Sputum is what comes up with deep coughing. h4. How the Test is Performed The patient is asked to cough deeply and spit ...
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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

     Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that becomes apparent in some children in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and/or pay attention. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD, or approximately 2 million children in the United States. This means that in a ...
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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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    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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    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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    Fetal Development

    Fetal Development
    When sperm is deposited in the vagina, it travels through the cervix and into the Fallopian tubes. Conception usually takes place in the Fallopian tube. A single sperm penetrates the mother's egg cell, and the resulting cell is called a zygote. The zygote contains all of the genetic information (DNA) necessary to become a child. Half of the genetic information comes ...
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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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    External Beam Radiation Therapy: A Patient's Fact Sheet

    External Beam Radiation Therapy: A Patient's Fact Sheet
    About the treatment: What is external beam radiation therapy? * It is a common cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. * A large machine aims radiation at the cancer. The machine moves around you without touching you. * It doesn't hurt. * It doesn't make you radioactive. * It can't be seen, ...
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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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    Hyperglycemia and HIV/AIDS

    Hyperglycemia and HIV/AIDS
    h4. What is glucose? Glucose, commonly called blood sugar, is the body's main energy source. Your body breaks down the food you eat and converts it to glucose. Your cells take glucose from your blood and use it to make energy. h4. What is hyperglycemia? Hyperglycemia occurs when you have a higher than usual level of glucose in your blood. This ...
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    What is Dystonia?

    What is Dystonia?
    Dystonia is a neurological disorder characterized by over-activity of a specific group of muscles and/or muscle. It is the over-activity of these specific muscles that causes involuntary movements and tremors, sustained muscle contractions, and abnormal postures. How is Dystonia Misdiagnosed? Dystonia is misdiagnosed 90% of the time by clinicians. The involuntary movements and spasms caused by dystonia sometimes are attributed to ...
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    Osteoporosis

    h4. Introduction Osteoporosis remains a serious health problem for society. It is estimated that 36 million Americans, both men and women, suffer from the disorder, which is responsible for a high risk for serious fractures especially of the spine, hip and wrist. It is an insidious disease, sometimes referred to as the silent thief, as it slowly drains away bone mass, ...
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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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    Patients with Malaria

    h4. Introduction According to a report in the New York Times (June 6th two years of war have resulted in the deaths of more than 1.7 million people in the eastern Congo. The report, based on a study released by the International Rescue Committee in New York, indicates that about four times as many people have died in the area since ...
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    Protecting Your Professional License

    h4. Introduction History This section is offered for background only, as it is very confusing and of limited value. Many years ago, the state of Florida recognized the importance of professional regulation. A system of regulation developed in which each profession was responsible for regulating its own kind. It soon became apparent that there were common issues among all of the ...
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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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    Patient Advocates: Be a Friend in the Hospital

    Patient Advocates: Be a Friend in the Hospital
    We all hope a stay in the hospital is uneventful and goes smoothly. However, things don't always work that way. Trips to the emergency room, overnight stays and stints in long-term healthcare facilities are stressful for patients and their families. Who can you turn to when you have a problem in a hospital? A patient advocate is often the answer. While ...
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    Admission by Case Management Protocol

    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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    Latex Allergies

    h4. Introduction While there have been sporadic reports of adverse reactions to latex products since the 1920's, there has been an unprecedented increase in the prevalence of latex allergies since the late 1980's. After the first North American reports of allergic reactions to latex in 1989, an alarming number of cases were reported to the Food & Drug Administration, including 15 ...
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