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An individualized breast cancer screening strategy for women

An individualized breast cancer screening strategy for women

Creating individualized breast cancer screening strategies is the answer to minimize the morbidity and mortality of breast cancer.

Military sexual trauma: A primer for clinicians

Military sexual trauma: A primer for clinicians

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Military sexual trauma includes any sexual activity in which a service member is involved against his or her will, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

Tips for making a personal connection with your patients

Tips for making a personal connection with your patients

Eye contact, positive body language, and humor are ways in which a clinician can make a personal connection with the patient.

Transcending the emotional barriers between provider and patient

Transcending the emotional barriers between provider and patient

Transcending the emotional barriers between clinician and patient can lead to a stronger, more balanced professional life.

Immunization in healthcare providers: Comments from our readers

Immunization in healthcare providers: Comments from our readers

Clinicians discuss the benefits of healthcare providers receiving vaccinations in order to prevent the spread of disease in the workplace.

Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism and saving a life

Diagnosing a pulmonary embolism and saving a life

A Divine guidance helps a nurse practitioner make a diagnosis that saved a patient's life.

Fired for falling asleep on the job: Our readers weigh in

Fired for falling asleep on the job: Our readers weigh in

Two clinicians offer their opinion on June's Legal Advisor about a female nurse fired for falling asleep while on duty in the hospital.

Putting out the fire of a fire ant bite with toothpaste

Putting out the fire of a fire ant bite with toothpaste

Apply any toothpaste to fire ant bites and wash off after 10 minutes

Epilepsy and the ketogenic diet

Epilepsy and the ketogenic diet

The ketogenic diet increases the conversion of glutamate into glutamine into GABA, reducing neuronal excitability.

Fulfilling a dying patient's request: A trip to the Renaissance Festival

Fulfilling a dying patient's request: A trip to the Renaissance Festival

A dying man's wish to attend a Renaissance Festival taught a valuable lesson to a palliative care nurse practitioner.

A young girl with Kawasaki disease: Diagnosing a rare disorder

A young girl with Kawasaki disease: Diagnosing a rare disorder

A girl presented to a small town hospital symptoms including fever, bloodshot eyes, red lips, and rash on the palms of her hands.

A tip for removing a ring from a swollen finger

A tip for removing a ring from a swollen finger

A household cleaner such as Windex can be used to remove a ring from a swollen finger.

Ortho Dx case: Is it a subungual hematoma or melanoma?

Ortho Dx case: Is it a subungual hematoma or melanoma?

Features of hematoma can often be confused with those of melanoma.

Making a case for developmental trauma disorder

Making a case for developmental trauma disorder

Epigenetics explains the anatomy and physiology behind the central nervous system changes caused by child abuse.

Treatment for cutaneous abscesses

Treatment for cutaneous abscesses

Antibiotics do not always need to be used for cutaneous abscesses, but the condition must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to make a final decision regarding the appropriate course of treatment for any individual.

Being frank on frankincense and its role in cancer prevention

Being frank on frankincense and its role in cancer prevention

Just as in nutrition, there are certified aromatherapists who can assist providers in helping their patients use essential oils safely.

The ACA: Clinicians weigh in on whether to repeal or preserve

The ACA: Clinicians weigh in on whether to repeal or preserve

Three health care clinicians discuss the advantages and disadvantages of repealing the Affordable Care Act and how the change would impact their practice.

Evidence-based practices for suicide prevention

Evidence-based practices for suicide prevention

Physician education in depression recognition and treatment and restricting access to lethal methods have significant data supporting their effectiveness in suicide prevention.

Magnesium for patients taking opioids for pain

Magnesium for patients taking opioids for pain

Patients who are taking opioids can manage their tolerance by taking magnesium 500mg.

The origin of AIDS and debating the Patient Zero theory

The origin of AIDS and debating the Patient Zero theory

There is evidence that HIV might have spread from its origins in the US to the rest of the world.

Preventing chronic diseases with lifestyle changes

Preventing chronic diseases with lifestyle changes

A low-carbohydrate lifestyle is an effective treatment option to prevent chronic diseases.

Working with multiple attending physicians in the emergency department

Working with multiple attending physicians in the emergency department

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Working with a large number of attending physicians can be one of the biggest difficulties of being an advanced practice provider.

Soft tissue sarcoma of the thigh in an adolescent male

Soft tissue sarcoma of the thigh in an adolescent male

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A young boy's complaint of a tender mass on his left thigh is diagnosed as osteosarcoma.

Transurethral resection of bladder tumor

Transurethral resection of bladder tumor

A transurethral resection of bladder tumor allows examination and determination of histology, depth of invasion, and involvement beyond the bladder.

Lifestyle modifications vs pharmacologic treatment for patients with diabetes

Lifestyle modifications vs pharmacologic treatment for patients with diabetes

Applying necessary lifestyle changes as well as incorporating pharmaceutical drugs will improve diabetes in patients compared to drugs alone.

Blue skin in an elderly woman

Blue skin in an elderly woman

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The patient's use of minocycline was associated with patchy hyperpigmentation as a result of iron deposition in the dermal cells.

Treating patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Treating patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Alpha-lipoic acid, 600mg daily, is an effective treatment option for patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Kratom and oxycodone

Kratom and oxycodone

Kratom might be a safer alternative than oxycodone or other narcotics.

A differing opinion on the ACP's new diabetes treatment guidelines

A differing opinion on the ACP's new diabetes treatment guidelines

Pharmacotherapy and combination therapy may be a better alternative to the ACP's diabetes treatment guidelines.

An enlarging mass on the calf

An enlarging mass on the calf

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Doppler imaging resulted in a solid mass with suggestion of increased vascularity.

A case of acute severe emphysematous pancreatitis

A case of acute severe emphysematous pancreatitis

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A diabetic patient rushed to the hospital for vomiting and abdomen pain, resulting in a diagnosis of acute severe emphysematous pancreatitis.

Tip for treating minor lacerations

Tip for treating minor lacerations

Treating lacerations properly requires benzoin, Steri-Strips, and a Dermabond to cover.

Converting pounds to kilograms

Converting pounds to kilograms

Converting pounds to kilograms in your head is easier than you think.

Treating premenopausal women with fibroids and dysmenorrhea

Treating premenopausal women with fibroids and dysmenorrhea

The standard treatment option for premenopausal women who do not wish to get pregnant is hysterectomy.

Are prostate biopsies linked to the spread of cancerous cells?

Are prostate biopsies linked to the spread of cancerous cells?

Cases of prostate biopsies resulting in the spread of cancerous cells are rare.

Picking cherries leads to a case of pseudohyperglycemia

Picking cherries leads to a case of pseudohyperglycemia

The elevated blood glucose measurement was associated with the presence of fructose on the patient's fingers from picking cherries.

Premature thelarche in a young girl

Premature thelarche in a young girl

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Premature thelarche can often be confused with precocious puberty and will resolve over time without intervention.

Educating patients on the proper use of contraception

Educating patients on the proper use of contraception

Unplanned pregnancies can occur when a patient misunderstands the proper use of contraception.

Monitoring vital signs and exercise

Monitoring vital signs and exercise

Asking for a patient's exercise regimen should be incorporated when checking for basic vital signs.

Diagnosing Lyme disease in the early clinical stages

Diagnosing Lyme disease in the early clinical stages

Early Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis, and a negative blood test does not completely rule out the possibility of Lyme disease.

Vitamin D3 and type 1 diabetes

Vitamin D3 and type 1 diabetes

Vitamin D3 at 2000 IU reduced the incidence of type 1 diabetes by 88%.

Providing care for veterans exposed to Agent Orange

Providing care for veterans exposed to Agent Orange

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Evidence suggests that exposure to Agent Orange is linked with a number of serious and potentially fatal diseases.

Treatment tips for tinea pedis and yeast infections

Treatment tips for tinea pedis and yeast infections

Creams, sanitizers, and antiperspirant are all acceptable forms of treatment for tinea pedis and yeast infections.

Stopping the bleeding

Stopping the bleeding

Pressure on a wound is the key to stopping blood flow.

Genetic vascular anomaly

Genetic vascular anomaly

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A young Caucasian woman presented with complaints of years regarding pain in her feet but did not know the cause.

Successful addiction recovery

Successful addiction recovery

Suboxone can curb drug addiction if it is used correctly.

Yeast infections in skinfolds

Yeast infections in skinfolds

Preventing yeast infections in skinfolds by using hand sanitizer.

Sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBT health care

Sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBT health care

LGBT practice management includes routine cancer screening in accordance with current guidelines.

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Suboxone and methadone—our readers weigh in on the pros and cons

Research has shown that use of suboxone and methadone, in conjunction with counseling, can be effective addiction treatment.

Zika virus: a primary care response

Zika virus: a primary care response

Healthcare professionals should be educated about the hallmark signs and symptoms of the Zika virus.

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