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November 2005 - Volume 30 - Issue 11
pp: 6-76

Editor’s Memo


This Just In


Making Headlines


Business Building


Advocacy In Practice


Guide to Care for Patients


Literature Review: MUSCULOSKELETAL CARE


Literature Review: IMMUNIZATIONS


Literature Review: ONCOLOGY


Literature Review: DRUG INFORMATION


Drug News


Medication Update



New Markers for CVD

Agruss, Janyce Cagan; Garrett, Kim

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(11):26-31, November 2005.

Alternative markers can aid in the detection of cardiovascular disease (CVD). There are three markers —high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), homocysteine, and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) — as well as other nontraditional lipid values that can be used in the assessment, evaluation, and management of dyslipidemia and heart disease.


Graves’ Disease: The Importance of Early Diagnosis

Weeks, Bridget H.

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(11):34-45, November 2005.

Graves’ disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism. Because Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that also affects other organ systems, taking a careful patient history is essential to establish the diagnosis. In some cases, the history might suggest a triggering factor such as trauma to the thyroid, including surgery of the thyroid gland, percutaneous injection of ethanol, and infarction of a thyroid adenoma. Other factors might include interferon or interleukin therapy.


WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE


Fracture Risk In Postmenopausal Women

Landis, Donna M.

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(11):48-58, November 2005.

Postmenopausal women are disproportionately affected by osteoporosis and its sequelae. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) estimates that approximately 20% (8 million) of post-menopausal women in the United States have osteoporosis. In women 50 years of age or older, the lifetime risk for any type of osteoporotic fracture is approximately 50%.

PAIN MANAGEMENT SERIES


Field Guide to Pain: Part 3: Care After a Pain Management Referral

D’Arcy, Yvonne; McCarberg, Bill

The Nurse Practitioner. 30(11):62-64, November 2005.

This is the final article in a three-part series on pain management in primary care. This last installment discusses care for a patient with a nonsurgical pain management problem who returns to a primary care provider for long-term treatment.

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