On the list of preventable lifestyle diseases, Type 2 diabetes often sits near the top. Unfortunately, poor diet and inactivity have led to a widespread growth in the number of cases of adults and children with Type 2 diabetes. In fact, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 100 million people in the U.S. are either diabetic or prediabetic.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that usually affects the lungs.  The tuberculosis bacteria is spread by infected individuals coughing and sneezing tiny droplets into the air.  Individuals infected with tuberculosis may or may not show symptoms of having the disease.

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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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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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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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