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September 2006 - Volume 31 - Issue 9
pp: 6-62

Editor's Memo

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Patient Education: GuidetoCare for patients

Medication Update

Prostate Cancer: Prevention and Management of Localized Disease

Gray, Mikel; Sims, Terran

The Nurse Practitioner. 31(9):14-29, September 2006.

Prostate cancer has risen to the most common cause of cancer in men. For the nurse practitioner, management begins with annual prostate examinations, including a digital rectal examination and serum prostate specific antigen in selected men, combined with education about the disease and its prevention.

Shedding Light on Alzheimer's

Beatty, Grace E.

The Nurse Practitioner. 31(9):32-43, September 2006.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia in older adults and is expected to become an increasingly large burden on the healthcare system as the population ages. The early detection and treatment of cognitive impairment may improve the quality of life for AD patients and their families.

Managing Bronchospasm with Short-Acting Beta2-Agonists

Fitzgerald, Margaret A.

The Nurse Practitioner. 31(9):47-53, September 2006.

Over 20 million people in the United States are affected by asthma. Nurse practitioners are often charged with managing asthma patients during acute exacerbations. As part of this management, patients should be given a clear understanding of how and when to administer beta2-agonists, as rapid and effective treatment with beta2-agonists may be the key determinant of the clinical outcome in acute bronchospasm.