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


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.


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.


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 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.


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.