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Hypoglycemia: Turning the tide on crashing blood glucose

Primary care NPs are central to the management of diabetes mellitus, which carries with it the risk of hypoglycemia. Fully understanding risk factors, prevention strategies, and treatment assist in reducing hypoglycemic events. This article details hypoglycemia, risk factors for hypoglycemia, prevention strategies, and appropriate treatment plans.

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HPV vaccination for prevention of head and neck cancer among men

The incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated head and neck cancer (HNC) has been rapidly increasing in developed countries, with HPV-associated HNC now accounting for 70% of all HNC cases. An increased incidence has been noted particularly among males. The disparities in HPV vaccine uptake rates and the increasing number of individuals with HPV-associated HNC suggest a lack of public awareness of both HPV sequelae and prevention options. This review highlights the importance of prophylactic HPV vaccination for preventing HPV-associated HNC, particularly in males. Current evidence substantiates the need for gender-neutral HPV vaccination programs and reinforces recommendations made by the CDC. This article raises awareness of the association between HPV and HNC as well as the effectiveness of HPV vaccination in HNC prevention.

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Diphtheria update

Travelers from parts of the world where diphtheria is endemic and vaccines are underutilized or unavailable may carry diphtheria, become ill, and spread the disease. This article provides an overview of diphtheria as well as management updates that are particularly critical amid new travel records and a climate of vaccine hesitancy.

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APRNs' perception of telehealth use

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a significant increase in the use of telehealth. Although advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) play an essential role in improving healthcare accessibility, including the provision of telehealth, for many individuals, few studies examining provider perceptions of telehealth have included APRN participants. This article describes a quantitative, descriptive study involving a survey administered electronically to 75 APRNs from one state. The study found that, although some concerns exist, overall, APRNs' perceptions of the use of telehealth were positive, with most wishing to continue providing care via telehealth in the future. This study adds to the literature on providers' perceptions of telehealth by describing the APRN viewpoint.

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