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Collegiate Health and Wellness Week: Top 5 Issues in College Medicine

Ahh, to be a college student again.  The freedom of summertime and spring break.  Living in the dorms, spending late night hours with your closest friends.  College is the only acceptable place to be seen in public in a bikini on a slip-n-slide after the age of 9.  Students are "so stressed out" about their class loads...because their schedule demands waking before 10am.  Time spent in college makes up the final moments you have to live essentially responsibility-free.  Many students are taking note.

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How Accurate are Flu Tests?

This time of year, every patient presenting to a hospital or clinic with a cough, cold, sniffle or temperature above 98.6 degrees thinks they have the flu.  The media hype over influenza this year hasn't helped the matter.  In reality, most of these patients are likely suffering from some other type of virus.  A flu swab may help dissuade patient's beliefs they have influenza, but are these tests really telling the truth?

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!  Whether you love or hate this romantic holiday, or simply use it as an excuse to eat a whole box of chocolates in one sitting, I hope you have some fabulous plans for this evening.  I will be working in the ER tonight, but don't worry, I pre-celebrated.  Although the sugary treats most of us consume today may lead us down the path to a diabetic coma, it turns out there are some health benefits to love.

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Go RED for American Heart Month

February has appropriately been claimed as American Heart Month in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of women.  To kick-off this life-saving event, February 1st is National Wear Red Day.  National Wear Red Day certainly qualifies as an excuse to make some new fashion purchases to enhance you nurse practitioner wardrobe.  Show your support for heart health by adding a splash of color to your outfit today and throughout the rest of the month. Perhaps you should consider these red products.

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Is the Electronic Cigarette an Effective Smoking Cessation Technique?

I had to chuckle last night at work as I watched a 90-something year old patient lying on a stretcher clad in a greenish hospital gown sucking urgently on an electronic cigarette.  It was a bit of a shock to observe someone, especially a gruff elderly man, puffing away in public.  When the nursing home took away his Marlboros, this man turned to the next best thing.  Naturally, this encounter led me to the question "Are electronic cigarettes an effective smoking cessation technique?"

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Real-Time MRI Used to Create Music Video

I don't consider myself technologically savvy or even appropriately appreciative of notable technological advancements.  This unique music video, however, captured my attention.  

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Influenza Update: Where to Find Flu Vaccine in Your Area

With the hype surrounding the early and intense flu season this year, it seems some pharmacies are running low on the precious flu vaccine.  Fortunately, there is an online tool available for your patients directing them to the nearest location stocking this indispensable inoculation.

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Product Review: Blue Sky Scrubs

Work has been seriously busy lately.  If this influenza outbreak doesn't give me the flu, it will certainly drive me to utter exhaustion.  I predict a subsequent outbreak of mental illness among health care providers.  Running around the ER from patient to patient is beginning to get me run down...and looking seriously unkempt.  When I'm feeling a bit down, overwhelmed or lacking in motivation I have found that a new outfit can certainly lift my spirits.

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How Does Primary Care in the U.S. Compare to Other Countries?

As a nurse practitioner, you have an idea of how the average American primary care visit works.  The patient arrives at the clinic, is greeted by a receptionist and instructed to fill out a few forms...on paper.  Then, the patient waits...and waits some more until they are called back to the exam room.  Then, following the visit a complex billing mess ensues.  This is the routine Americans have grown to expect when seeking primary care.  But what about in other countries?  Which countries are most satisfied with their primary care systems?

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Fecal Transplantation: What Exactly is 'Transpoosition'?

This past week while vacationing with family, my sister, a nurse, recounted to me a hilarious story about attempting to persuade a 70-something year-old woman to poop into a plastic container so that her husband could receive a fecal transplant for C. diff.  I realized that I don't know a lot about this concept- it's not really something we do in the ER.  Hearing from my sister and reading a recent article about fecal transplantation has piqued my interest in what has been described as "An Elegantly Icky Situation".

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Happy New Year! 2012's 10 Most Popular Posts

I love a fresh start and am already making ambitious plans for starting off the New Year.  Organizing the clutter in my basement (ugh...) and getting back in shape after an indulgent Christmas vacation top my personal list.  Also, I cannot wait for a new year of blogging- I anticipate some exciting updates in 2013.  Before the New Year begins and fresh posts overshadow the older, let's take a look at 2012's top posts. 

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Merry Christmas! Top Medical News With a Festive Twist

I wanted to have something insightful, festive or at least funny to share with you today being that it is Christmas.  However, I have been too busy with holiday parties, baking gingerbread cookies and going on a family vacation (yes, it often resembles the infamous Chevy Chase movie) to come up with anything revolutionary.  So, I bring you other's insightful holiday offerings...here are my favorite festive medical news stories of the week.

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