You hear so much talk about "heart disease."  What exactly does this term mean? What should you as a medical professional be looking out for in these patients? Even though you may not be working on a cardiac unit, the hospital is a place where many individuals have cardiac events.  Make sure that you are prepared for how to help your patients if they have a cardiac issue.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

Have you ever heard of an extreme sensitivity to the sunlight that is often fatal? Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) is a rare skin disorder in which individuals have a very extreme hypersensitivity to UV light which makes it impossible for them to be in the sunlight. This condition affects 1 in every 250,000 individuals worldwide.

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Locked-in syndrome is a rare neurological condition in which patients have no voluntary muscle movement with exception of their eyes. Patients are awake and conscious, but do not have the ability to move (with exception of moving their eyes) including swallowing, speaking, or any active range of motion. 

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

As a nurse, you may encounter an array of mobility issues across a span of different kinds of patients. In fact, the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control says that almost 40 million adults in the U.S. experience some degree of difficulty with physical functioning, with over 17 million reporting being unable to walk a quarter mile.

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As a nurse, one common infection you will encounter with patients is bound to be urinary tract infection (UTI). Studies suggest that upwards of 40% to 50% of all women will contract UTI at some point in their lives and that over 8 million people visit a healthcare provider each year for UTI. Understanding its causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment can help you provide even better care to your patients who may develop one.

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People suffering from multiple sclerosis have a variety of symptoms that they experience.  As a nurse, it's important to understand these symptoms and how we can help these individuals.  Jessica from ViveHealth.com put together this great article about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of MS.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy