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Articles by Susan Simmons Holcomb, ARNP, BC, PhD

Common herb-drug interactions: What you should know

Holcomb, Susan Simmons

The Nurse Practitioner. 34(5):21-29, May 2009.

With the increased use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, NPs need to know all medications (prescribed and over-the-counter), supplements, herbal products, and vitamins that a patient is taking.

Putting Insomnia to Rest

Holcomb, Susan Simmons

The Nurse Practitioner. 32(4):28-34, April 2007.

Approximately 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by insomnia. The literature shows that many insomnia patients never tell a healthcare provider about their condition; those who do are often not treated properly. This article will discuss the full range of treatment options available from lifestyle changes and behavior modification to over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids.

Recognizing and Managing Anemia

Holcomb, Susan Simmons

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(12):16-31, December 2005.

Anemia is defined as a decrease in red blood cell (RBC) mass. However, direct measurement of RBC mass is expensive and time consuming. For this reason, anemia is measured via an RBC count, hemoglobin concentration, and hematocrit concentration. Anemia is a symptom of another problem, so the major treatment will aim to correct the underlying problem or disease state.

Evaluating Chronic Kidney Disease Risk

Holcomb, Susan Simmons

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(4):12-25, April 2005.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an extremely prevalent disorder and represents a significant challenge to nurse practitioners. The treatment approach for a patient with CKD should include identification and treatment of the reversible causes of further kidney function decline, slowing the progression of disease, and treating the manifestations of CKD.