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The Waiting Room The importance of sleep hygiene

The importance of sleep hygiene

Read these tips that could help patients improve their sleep hygiene.

The Waiting Room Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have a higher rate of sleep difficulties than children from high-income households.

The Waiting Room Is our makeup secretly hurting us?

Is our makeup secretly hurting us?

Using powder makeup containing talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

The Waiting Room Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

An FNP reflects on the lessons he has learned in practice throughout the year.

The Waiting Room Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

Patients increase their chances of carbon monoxide exposure during the winter months.

The Waiting Room The importance of dreams

The importance of dreams

Dreaming may allow us to learn and process emotional issues while we sleep.

The Waiting Room Team-based medicine, freeway style

Team-based medicine, freeway style

Citizen responders assess and comfort patients in the aftermath of a car accident.

The Waiting Room Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

The Waiting Room Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Lack of sleep may be one reason for the increase in diabetes in the United States.

The Waiting Room Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Commenting about patient behaviors on Facebook is becoming a common practice among clinicians.

The Waiting Room Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Prescription drug monitoring programs allow prescribers to perform a statewide search to determine when a patient last had a controlled substance prescribed.

The Waiting Room Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin has few side effects and could be a good alternative for those suffering from insomnia.

The Waiting Room Telecommunicating with patients

Telecommunicating with patients

Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.

The Waiting Room Using caffeine to promote alertness

Using caffeine to promote alertness

If used appropriately, caffeine can help medical personnel stay alert throughout the day.

The Waiting Room Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Activity trackers may help transfusion-dependent patients estimate hemoglobin levels.

The Waiting Room Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

The Waiting Room Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Many physician assistants come to the profession after working as certified athletic trainers.

The Waiting Room Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.

The Waiting Room The risk of writing informal prescriptions

The risk of writing informal prescriptions

When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.

The Waiting Room Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Avoiding hospital care after sustaining an injury

Some patients may be reluctant to seek care after sustaining an injury.

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