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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.

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.

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