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The Waiting Room The role of prescription habits in the opioid epidemic

The role of prescription habits in the opioid epidemic

Current surgical and prescribing practices may have a hand in exacerbating the nation's burgeoning opioid epidemic.

The Waiting Room What do my dreams mean?

What do my dreams mean?

We are still not sure why we dream, but many patients are still curious about their significance.

The Waiting Room The flu vaccine's influence on public health

The flu vaccine's influence on public health

Improving influenza vaccination rates will require a much greater commitment to preventative public health to change public perception of the importance and efficacy of flu vaccination.

The Waiting Room Small procedures, lasting impact

Small procedures, lasting impact

The Mitrofanoff procedure is a simple yet ingenious concept that creates a passageway for the easy removal of urine in patients who self-catheterize.

The Waiting Room A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

A look back at the AAPA 2017 House of Delegates meeting

The House of Delegates discussed the recertification process for PAs and the future of the PA profession.

The Waiting Room Sleep disturbances after traumatic brain injury

Sleep disturbances after traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury can change physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning, which can include changes in the patient's sleeping patterns.

The Waiting Room Catathrenia: Parasomnia or breathing disorder?

Catathrenia: Parasomnia or breathing disorder?

Individuals with catathrenia experience a moaning, groaning, or high-pitched squeak during sleep.

The Waiting Room The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

The House's healthcare bill: Trumpcare or "Chumpcare"?

Public opinion polls support the views of professional organizations, with 60% of Americans opposing the new American Health Care Act, 31% supporting it, and 9% undecided.

The Waiting Room Tips for adjusting to the night shift

Tips for adjusting to the night shift

Working through the night and sleeping during the day can be a difficult adjustment.

The Waiting Room Managing new technology in medicine

Managing new technology in medicine

Incorporating new technology in medical practices to manage outpatient medical records can sometimes be a challenge.

The Waiting Room Sleep paralysis: A world between wakefulness and sleep

Sleep paralysis: A world between wakefulness and sleep

Patients who experience sleep paralysis may find themselves unable to move or speak and may have difficulty taking a deep breath.

The Waiting Room Could "safe consumption sites" help the heroin epidemic in the US?

Could "safe consumption sites" help the heroin epidemic in the US?

"Safe consumption sites" are medically-supervised venues where heroin users can inject heroin in clean, safe, and medically-supervised facilities.

The Waiting Room The characteristics of nightmares vs sleep terrors

The characteristics of nightmares vs sleep terrors

Many patients experience ongoing issues with nightmares or night terrors.

The Waiting Room Identifying parasomnias in the sleep cycle

Identifying parasomnias in the sleep cycle

Parasomnias are undesirable physical or experiential events that occur during sleep as movements, emotions, perceptions, and dreams.

The Waiting Room Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Adding another healthcare provider to the practice schedule creates additional access for the patient.

The Waiting Room When the PA becomes the patient

When the PA becomes the patient

A physician assistant's stay in the hospital provides a new perspective of a patient's experience in the emergency department.

The Waiting Room When a young friend overdoses

When a young friend overdoses

Experiencing the loss of a friend brings a new perspective to working in addiction medicine.

The Waiting Room Managing headaches in patients with sleep disorders

Managing headaches in patients with sleep disorders

Some well-known sleep disorders are associated with headaches, including sleep apnea and parasomnias.

The Waiting Room Counseling patients about annual Pap smears

Counseling patients about annual Pap smears

Counseling patients on the difference between a Pap smear and a pelvic exam will help them realize the importance of following up with a gynecologist for an annual visit.

The Waiting Room The future of PA practice authority

The future of PA practice authority

The AAPA is moving forward with its push to eliminate the formal relationship between physicians and PAs.

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