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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 Working with multiple attending physicians in the emergency department

Working with multiple attending physicians in the emergency department

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

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.

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.

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