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Study: Skin Cells Transformed to Nerve

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Researchers said they had transformed ordinary skin cells directly into neurons, bypassing the need for stem cells or even stemlike cells and greatly speeding up the field of regenerative medicine.

Writing in the journal Nature, the Stanford University team said they used just three genes to transform ordinary mouse skin cells directly into nerve […]

Managing Adult Obesity Lifestyle

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), self-reported prevalence of obesity among US adults increased from 12% in 1991 to 18% in 1998. [8] Data from the 1988 to 1994 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) suggested that 63% of men and 55% of […]

Diabetes Mellitus Type 2

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This case presents the story of Alvin Floyd, a 53-year-old African American who presented with symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and traces the 9 months following diagnosis.

Continuing Education Units

1.5 CEU credits from the University of Missouri are available for taking this case and successfully completing a 12-question examination. The cost is $22.50. […]

Esophageal Cancer

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Prerequisite Concepts

A medical vocabulary, cachexia, dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), loss/depression, nutritional needs, oral care. The user should also be able to classify obese patients and tobacco users.

This case helps the user appreciate the complexity of needs that a tumor in the esophagus creates, and appreciate the need for multidisciplinary team approach. […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Aerobic Exercise

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Patient Presents

Jody has been seeing a rheumatologist; below is a summary of a recent visit.

Chief complaints: pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Other complaints: myalgias, malar rash, photosensitivity, dryness of eyes and throat, cold intolerance, epigastric and gastrointestinal discomfort, difficulty sleeping, and depression.

Appearance: The patient is a 50-year-old woman weighing 188.5 lbs.

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Does He Have Alzheimer’s?

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Patient Presents

History of Present Illness

Mr. X is a 53-year-old male who presents to you with memory loss and blackouts. His wife thinks he has Alzheimer’s disease. She states that over the last year, Mr. X has become more and more forgetful. He used to take care of the family finances and run […]

Lifestyle Management of Adult Obesity

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Obesity is defined as an excess accumulation of body fat. This excess accumulation is the result of a positive energy balance where caloric intake exceeds caloric expenditure. Recent evidence suggests that American adult men and women today consume, respectively, 116 and 112 more calories per day than in the mid 1970’s. [1]

In a […]

Esophageal Cancer

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This case is of interest to dietitians, chaplains, social workers, radiation therapists, speech therapists, and respiratory therapists.

Prerequisite Concepts

A medical vocabulary, cachexia, dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), loss/depression, nutritional needs, oral care. The user should also be able to classify obese patients and tobacco users.

This case helps the user appreciate the complexity […]

Aging – Assistive Devices

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Recently, a faculty member at the School of Health Professions called Susan Roberts, an occupational therapist in southern Missouri, and asked if she could mentor an OT student.

Susan said “Yes, I’ll take a student” and added, “she can stay with us on the farm since we’ll be starting early in the morning for […]

Understanding How Hospitals Buy Medical Technology

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Modern hospitals depend heavily on medical technology to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. A typical mid-sized hospital has hundreds of items of medical equipment, from simple stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors to highly sophisticated MRI machines and linear accelerators. Hospitals are complex enterprises with entire departments dedicated to technology planning, assessment, acquisition, maintenance, upgrade […]