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    Skin Sensitization - Contact Dermatitis and Contact Urticaria

    h4. General Principles Of Contact Dermatitis Introduction Why are we interested in the skin's reaction to foreign chemicals? Perhaps because many of us have had blisters from poison ivy, rashes from nickel in metal items like earrings or necklaces, or eczematous reactions to other everyday objects. A friend comes to visit one evening with a red rash around her eyes; she ...
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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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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 10 Psychosocial Assessment

    Psychosocial assessments are often overlooked as a portion of the physical examination. However, a person's psychological well-being has much to do with physical health. The following guide to psychosocial assessment can be remembered by the acronym "SELF PACING". The findings from this assessment in addition to the physical findings will provide a comprehensive view of the patient's status. S - Self-Esteem: ...
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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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    Manage Better - Using Quality Tools

    h4. Introduction There are the traditional forms of management, which most of us grew to hate as we endured our supervisors and their enlightened whims. We all can relate to the plight of Dilbert, the cartoon engineer, who constantly fights a losing battle with his thickheaded boss. For most of us, there has been an occasional good manager who helped us ...
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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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    Cryptosporidiosis and Microsporidiosis

    h4. CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS h4. Introduction Cryptosporidium parvum (C. parvum), a coccidian protozoan, has been recognized as a human pathogen only since 1976. It received widespread recognition as a disease-producing agent in 1993, when over 400,000 people in Milwaukee Wisconsin developed diarrhea after drinking water contaminated with C. parvum1. Similar, but less spectacular, outbreaks have been reported since then and C. parvum has ...
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    Deep Vein Thrombosis

    h4. Introduction Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the primary cause of fatal and nonfatal pulmonary embolism (PE). Most thrombi form in the deep calf veins - in the valve sinuses of the soleal veins or behind the valve cusps in the posterior and anterior tibial veins. However, 20% or more develop in the popliteal vein, femoral vein, and iliac branches, and ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 7 Endocrine System

    h4. Chapter 7: Endocrine System The endocrine system is composed of glands that both produce and secrete hormones. The pituitary gland secretes ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). These hormones stimulate the adrenal cortex and thyroid gland to do their jobs. The adrenal gland produces epinephrine, norepinephrine, and mineralcorticoids, glucocorticoids, and androgens. These hormones prepare people for emergency situations ...
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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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    Physical Assessment- Chapter 6 Genitourinary System

    h4. Chapter 6: Genitourinary System Problems with the urinary or reproductive systems can not only affect these systems but they can trigger problems in other body systems. In addition, difficulties with these systems can affect the patient's quality of life and sense of well-being. The main function of the urinary system is to regulate fluid and electrolyte balance. The purpose of ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 9 Gastrointestinal System

    h4. Chapter 9: Gastrointestinal System The gastrointestinal (GI) system performs the functions of ingestion, digestion, and elimination. Interruptions of any of these functions can quickly affect the patient nutritionally and cause acid-base imbalances. When performing the GI assessment, it must be remembered that much of the population has preexisting problems and that these problems can be exacerbated or new conditions can ...
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    Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) - Chiropractic Medicine

    h4. Ayurvedic Medicine h4. General Description Ayurveda, which means the science of life in Sanskrit, originated in India thousands of years ago and is considered to be the oldest known system of medicine. Ayurvedic medicine addresses physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual fulfillment, and treats the whole person rather than just concentrating on one's disease. It is a complete system of ...
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    Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) - Ayurvedic Medicine

    h4. Chiropractic Medicine h4. General Description Chiropractic medicine is a non-drug, non-surgical approach practiced for over 100 years. Its name comes from the Greek words practikos and cheir, which means done by hand. Chiropractic physicians diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate physical problems or illnesses caused by or related to the neuromusculoskeletal system, especially the spinal column. Chiropractic medicine is a hands-on manipulation ...
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    Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) - An Introduction

    Introduction CAM's Growing Popularity in the United States Patients were the first to embrace alternative medicine while the medical establishment slowly began to acknowledge its merits. In the United States, alternative therapies are fast becoming an integral part of mainstream health care. In the year 2000, over 40% of Americans spent over 27 billion dollars out of their own pockets on ...
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