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Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing: Interesting but Accurate?

Curious if you are a carrier of Tay-Sachs?  Have you ever questioned your potential sensitivity to Warfarin?  Maybe you just want to know if you are at risk for developing breast cancer or type 2 diabetes.  Good news- genetic testing is currently available for you and your patients.  Just purchase online for $99, send in a little spit and the results of your decoded genome will arrive in your inbox within 2-3 weeks.

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Medical Tourism on the Rise: Travel + Medicine an Option for You and Your Patients?

As one who looks for any excuse to travel, a recent story about Wal-Mart including medical tourism in their employee's medical insurance plans recently piqued my interest.  Where are patients traveling to receive medical services?  Is medical tourism safe?  Why are patients leaving their hometowns seeking medical treatment- for improved quality of care or an excuse for a vacation?  I just might be interested...

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5 Festive Additions NP's Can Make to the Workplace Wardrobe

The Holiday Season is here!  Just when you want to wind down and curl up by the fire with a large cup of cocoa (add marshmallows please), things at your clinic or hospital are picking up.  Influenza, gastroenteritis and RSV are flying into your community along with Santa's sleigh leaving little time to take in the Spirit of the Season for nurse practitioners this month.  What tweaks can you make to your work wardrobe to bring a little extra Holiday cheer to your clinic or hospital?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Growing up on the West Coast where frying your food is somewhat of a sin, I have lived most of my life unaware of the dangers a Thanksgiving turkey can present.  Then I moved to the good 'ole South.  To solve the problem of the dry, flavorless turkey, Southerners simply stick their Holiday fowl in the fryer.  Frying your Thanksgiving bird is, however a dangerous proposition.

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Pharmacogenomics: Individualized Medicine Coming Soon to Your Practice

The concept of genetics-based medicine seems simple enough- look a a person's DNA and use it to determine what diseases they are at risk for, the genetic code of their cancer or which medications will work best for them.  But in practice, it is much more complex.

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World Diabetes Day: Resources for Diabetic Patients

I did not realize this was going to be a week packed with days reserved for recognition!  I started out the week with postings acknowledging Veteran's Day and National Nurse Practitioner Week.  Today, November 14th, let me pay tribute to World Diabetes Day.

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Happy Veteran's Day! NP's Can Give Back to Those Who Have Served

Happy Veteran's Day!  Let's take a moment today to remember those who have served our country, to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and to thank the families of members of our military who give up so much allowing their loved ones to deploy.  As nurse practitioners, we have a unique opportunity to serve current and former members of our military.  How can we honor veterans through our practice?

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National Nurse Practitioner Week!

It's finally here!  This week, November 11-17, is National Nurse Practitioner Week.  Throughout this week we officially have the chance to recognize each other's hard work and commitment to our profession, to raise awareness of the exceptional role NP's play in our health care system.

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9 Healthy Fall Foods

Every season has a taste and Fall is my favorite.  The aroma of soups and squash accompanied by a crisp nighttime chill conjures images of football games, Thanksgiving turkeys and trick-or-treaters.  Fortunately, many of my favorite Fall foods come packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  Which tasty Fall foods are the healthiest for your diet and savory enough to decrease cravings for those oh-so stealthily marketed Holiday mini candy bars?

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Halloween Safety Tips For Your Patients

For many parents, Halloween is a nightmare.  Little ghouls and goblins running around unsupervised canvasing the neighborhood for treats opens the door to danger.  What Halloween safety advice should you share with your patients?

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Primary Care Medical Home: The Future of Primary Care?

If you watch the news, you probably believe America's primary care system is in dire need of repair.  If you work in primary care, you may have mixed feelings based on your practice setting.  The 'Primary Care Medical Home' concept featured as part of health care reform promises to repair primary care creating a streamlined patient and provider friendly primary care system.  How will this system work?

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Chronic Disease in Developing Countries: Not Just Americans are Getting Fat

Health relief efforts in poor, developing countries abound.

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