November 2009 - Volume 34 - Issue 11
pp: 5-56

Editor's Memo


Advocacy In Practice


Clinical Case Report


Legal file


Literature Review: EMERGENCY CARE


Literature Review: GERIATRIC CARE


Literature Review: PHYCHIATRIC CARE


Literature Review: ADOLESCENT CARE


Literature Review: WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE


Medication Update



NUTRITION


A new look at vitamin B12 deficiency

Nettina, Sandra M.

The Nurse Practitioner. 34(11):18-24, November 2009.

Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin for hematologic, neurologic, and gastrointestinal health. Deficiency most often occurs among the elderly and is usually the result of food malabsorption.

RESPIRATORY CARE


Treatment strategies for cough illnesses in adults

Hart, Ann Marie

The Nurse Practitioner. 34(11):26-33, November 2009.

Acute bronchitis, or chest cold, is characterized by self-limited inflammation of the bronchi. Clinically, acute bronchitis presents with a cough and occasionally wheezing. The patient may also present with other respiratory symptoms such as rhinitis or pharyngitis; however, cough is always the predominant symptom.

MENTAL HEALTH


Integrating roles for successful dementia management

Hall, Geri R.; Gallagher, Maribeth; Dougherty, Jan

The Nurse Practitioner. 34(11):35-41, November 2009.

Currently, 5.3 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia. NPs can incorporate their knowledge of medicine, nursing, and social work to manage these patients and apply comprehensive care that can improve both patient and family outcomes.



INFECTIOUS DISEASE


Infectious mononucleosis: update and considerations

King, Joan

The Nurse Practitioner. 34(11):42-45, November 2009.

Mononucleosis resulting from either Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus most often presents as fatigue, malaise, myalgias, and fever. Both may include splenomegaly, secondary to infiltration of lymphocytes, as part of the presenting signs of mononucleosis.

CARDIOVASCULAR CARE


Brugada syndrome: A silent killer

Thanavaro, Joanne L.; Chouhan, Lalit

The Nurse Practitioner. 34(11):46-51, November 2009.

Brugada syndrome is a dangerous genetic disease diagnosed by an abnormal ECG. Treatment may include an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, which monitors heart rhythm. Pharmocologic therapy is also indicated in some cases.