June 2011 - Volume 36 - Issue 6
pp: 5-56

Editor's Memo

Education Matters

Drug News

Lab Logic

Product News


Primary care perspectives on Prostate cancer screening

Skolarus, Ted A.; Holmes-Rovner, Margaret; Northouse, Laurel L.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(6):39-44, June 2011.

Although the effectiveness of prostate cancer screening is controversial, screening rates have risen dramatically among primary care providers in the United States. The authors' findings suggest more collaboration among primary care and specialty organizations, especially with respect to decision aid endorsement, is needed.

Medication Update


Gout diagnosis and management: What NPs need to know

Hardy, Eva

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(6):14-19, June 2011.

Gout is the result of hyperuricemia, either from the body's overproduction or underexcretion. It can result in joint deterioration and destruction when improperly managed. Because primary care providers diagnose and treat the vast majority of patients with gout, it is important that they understand current guidelines and evidence-based practice.


Over-the-counter medications and pregnancy: An integrative review

Cabbage, Lori A.; Neal, Jeremy L.

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(6):22-28, June 2011.

Many over-the-counter medications are available to help alleviate common discomforts experienced during pregnancy. Although many appear to be safe, healthcare providers must familiarize themselves with these medications.


HIT Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia

Fennessy-Cooney, Maureen

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(6):31-37, June 2011.

Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia is a significant complication of heparin therapy (HIT). The Nurse Practitioner is in a pivotal position to identify patients at greater risk for HIT and promptly diagnose and intervene to prevent serious thrombotic complications.


Preventing and detecting malaria infections

Hartjes, Laurie B.

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(6):45-53, June 2011.

This article reviews key facts about malaria to enhance prevention work and to promote the early diagnosis, treatment, and reporting of this complex disease.