The Nurse Practitioner eNews
The Nurse Practitioner eNews


November 2, 2009

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This month, The Nurse Practitioner features the CE article, Treatment strategies for cough illness. Acute bronchitis, or chest cold, is characterized by self-limited inflammation of the bronchi. Clinically, acute bronchitis presents with a cough and occasional wheezing. The patient may also present with other respiratory symptoms such as rhinitis or pharyngitis; however, cough is always the predominant symptom. Earn 2.5 Contact Hours and 1.0 Pharmacology credit with this CE. In addition, the November issue also offers, A new look at vitamin B12 deficiency, a discussion of this important vitamin for hematologic, neurologic, and gastrointestinal health. Earn 2.5 Contact Hours with this CE.

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Online CE: Evaluation and management of genitourinary emergencies

Primary care NPs are often the first to identify and provide treatment for a variety of genitourinary (GU) conditions. For many of these conditions, NPs also play a key role in prevention and follow-up care. Some of the most common nontraumatic GU emergencies encountered by primary care NPs include acute urinary retention; priapism; obstructing renal calculi; and two acute scrotal emergencies—testes torsion and Fournier gangrene. Earn 2.5 Contact Hours. More


Heart Attack and Flu Linked
H1N1 swine flu continues to sweep the nation -- and so do complaints about long lines and insufficient vaccine supplies but officials promise the H1N1 swine flu vaccine demand/supply gap is closing. More
FDA backs first nondrug treatment for asthma

The FDA's panel of respiratory device experts voted Asthmatx's Alair System be approved under certain conditions, including long-term safety monitoring of patients. The procedure, called bronchial thermoplasty, uses extreme heat to burn away lung tissue that makes it difficult to breath and causes coughing spasms and wheezing. More

Study finds autistic kids have lower mercury levels
Many parents worry about a possible link between autism and mercury exposure. But most research dismisses those fears as groundless, and a new study says autistic children actually have lower blood levels of mercury than children who are developing normally. More

Gene variants to blame for recurrent yeast infections
Scientists have identified two genetic mutations that help account for the presence of recurring yeast infections in certain women. More
Study finds 1 in 5 children don't get enough vitamin D
The findings add to mounting evidence about vitamin D deficiency in children, teens and adults, a concern because of recent studies suggesting the vitamin might help prevent serious diseases, including infections, diabetes and even some cancers. More
Researchers find no benefit to costly new arthritis drugs
For many people with rheumatoid arthritis, the traditional, and much cheaper, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs appear to work just as well as newer TNF blockers that target the underlying disease process, a large study shows. More

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