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Put Technology at Your Fingertips with a PDA

Put Technology at Your Fingertips with a PDA Bower, Neoma S Personal digital assistants (PDAs) have become commonplace in medical settings. These small, powerful instruments allow NPs to access information regarding diagnosis and treatment, while storing data from reference books and personal information. The majority of PDAs use the Palm operating system (OS) while others […]

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An uncommon genital herpes sequelae

Aseptic herpetic meningitis: An uncommon genital herpes sequelae Bumbalough, Matthew R ABSTRACT Aseptic herpetic meningitis is a clinical syndrome characterized by fever, headaches, confusion, and a combination of meningeal signs. The spinal fluid findIngs consist of an Increase in mononuclear cells (mononuclear pleocytosis), Increased protein concentration, and normal glucose concentrations. Aseptic herpetic meningitis is thought […]

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Erectile Dysfunction in Primary Care

Erectile Dysfunction in Primary Care Lewis, Jean H Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, can manifest in several ways. It can be charfcaadP acterized by the consistent and complete inability to achieve erection, the inability to achieve erection firm enough to engage in sexual activity such as penetration, or the ability to sustain erection […]

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Stop the spinning: Diagnosing and managing vertigo

Stop the spinning: Diagnosing and managing vertigo Sandhaus, Sonia Abstract Differentiating vertigo from other forms of dizziness presents a diagnostic challenge. Extensive investigation, however, can help reveal vertigo’s true etiology: life-threatening central lesions or debilitating, but benign, peripheral causes. Here, learn to assess vertigo using physical examination, history, and diagnostic procedures. Also, manage symptoms of […]

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Managing vulvar vestibulitis

Managing vulvar vestibulitis Driver, Katherine A Abstract Vulvar vestibulitis, a type of vulvodynia, affects many American women. Patients typically present with a history of intermittent or continuous, localized, vulvar pain and frequently can’t tolerate sexual intercourse. Here, review the etiology, history and physical examination, and comprehensive treatment of vulvar vestibulitis, including nonpharmacologic, pharmacologic, psychosocial, and […]

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A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled

Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled Free, Teresa A PARENT-CHILD HEALTH Books in this section were selected and reviewed by Teresa A. Free, ARNP, PNP, PhD, associate professor, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington. Raising a Handicapped Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled […]

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Oxygen free radicals and the disease process

Oxygen free radicals and the disease process Whitaker, Sally H Free radicals play a key role in both normal biological function and in the pathogenesis of many disease processes. These free radicals are continuously formed in the body and are exquisitely balanced.1-4 When this balance is broken, oxidative stress occurs. During oxidative stress, cellular lipids, […]

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Inflammatory breast cancer in primary care

Inflammatory breast cancer in primary care Johnson, Paige Inflammatory breast carcinoma (IBC) is a rare but aggressive form of invasive breast cancer, accounting for approximately 1 -6% of all breast cancers.1 Lee and Tannenbaum orignially coined the term “inflammatory breast cancer,” providing the first detailed description of the disease.2 At first, the prognosis for patients […]

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Colloid cyst of the third ventricle

Not just another headache: Colloid cyst of the third ventricle Amy, Cindy Colloid cysts are one of the most challenging cerebral tumors. Although curable, they are a potential cause of sudden death. The etiology of colloid cysts is unknown, and the management of these cysts remains controversial. Colloid cysts account for 0.3% to 2% of […]

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Guidelines for the department of transportation physical examination

Guidelines for the department of transportation physical examination Wells, Joyce L ABSTRACT Primary care providers commonly perform the mandatory Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration physical examination for individuals who drive commercial motor vehicles. Although these examinations may be offered at the worksite or In occupational health clinics, many drivers prefer to have them performed […]