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September 21, 2010

Dear Colleague,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of September 11th, approximately 1,179,554 people have died from chronic disease this year. Chronic diseases can also cause major limitations in daily living and are a leading cause of disability.

So what are these chronic diseases? Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are well-known chronic conditions, but chronic disease can really be defined as any condition that cannot be cured.  Prevention (although not all chronic conditions are preventable) and effective management are key to maintaining quality of life and reducing healthcare costs.

Take some time to read up on related articles and the chronic diseases highlighted in our More Resources. Also, fine tune your knowledge with our newest crossword puzzle, I can’t fight this feeling.

Look for our next issue for National Breast Cancer Awareness month, plus new articles and CEs!

Primary Immunodeficiency Disease: A Model for Case Management of Chronic Disease CE

Interventions to Promote Physical Activity in Chronically Ill Adults CE

Parents and Children with Cystic Fibrosis CE

Depression Revealed: The Need for Screening, Treatment, and Monitoring

Patients' Perspective of Factors Influencing Quality of Life While Living With Crohn Disease CE

Pain Management in Advanced Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorder

Validation of the Braden Self-Help Model in Women With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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How well do you work with nursing students on your unit? Are you welcoming and ready to share your knowledge and clinical skills? Take some time to read PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: Nursing Students on the Unit: What's Your Role?

According to the National Institutes of Health, psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million Americans. Update your knowledge of this chronic, inflammatory autoimmune skin disease by reading Wound Wise: The Skinny on Psoriasis.
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Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and a C-reactive protein (CRP) - what do they mean to you? Discover the valuable information that these laboratory values can reveal by reading Lab Logic: Using Inflammatory Markers as a Diagnostic Tool.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

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