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Enjoy these papers written by college students in healthcare provider programs, such as nursing. Each paper contains a summary of a particular health related topic or disease. The articles are around 500 words long and just offer nice overviews of mostly common medical topics – and some rare topics as well. These are meant to provide just some basic information on each topic. They are a great way to begin some research. Many of the papers also have references that can provide you with further information.

These topics are posted here on CPR Nashville’s website. CPR Nashville offers CPR for healthcare providers in the Nashville, TN area. The most common class is Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR for healthcare providers that include nurses, doctors, physical therapists, radiologists, pharmacists, etc. These classes are American Heart Association AHA certified and taught by experienced AHA instructors. CPR Nashville also offers more advanced life support courses such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

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Please enjoy these papers.

What is Vitiligo by Elizabeth Knight
This disease can affect people of all races, sex, and age.  Vitiligo generally first emerges between the ages of ten and thirty.  It is often more noticeable on people with darker skin, as the white patches can be more easily spotted.  Vitiligo is not overly common but it is also not extremely rare.

Diabetes Type 1 or 2 by Jacqueline Rohrer
It is vital for a diabetic to take insulin injections accordingly to ensure that the sugars are used properly rather than causing strain on the body. Insulin removes digested sugars from the bloodstream into the body’s cells to use for energy. When any diabetic’s glucose levels are poorly controlled on a reoccurring basis, life-threatening consequences can occur. The most common complications associated with uncontrolled glucose levels include: foot ulcers and infections, uncontrollable blood presser and cholesterol, nerve damage that can lead to amputation, kidney damage, a weaker immune system, eye problems such as sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and even blindness, along with numerous other negative responses.

Do I Have GERD by Jonathan Steinke
Lifestyle changes one can make to prevent further symptoms include consuming smaller meals, exercising at a mild to strenuous rate, raising or lowering one’s bed further off the ground so the esophagus is either vertically positioned or at least positioned at an incline, and avoiding food consumption just before bedtime.

Psoriasis by Kathleen Province
The type that tends to be the most disabling to people is known as, Psoriatic arthritis. This condition causes pitted, discolored nails and swollen, painful joints that are typical to normal arthritis. In addition, it can lead to inflammatory eye conditions, such as conjunctivitis, and can affect any joint in the body.

Types of Lung Cancer by Michele Singler
Lung cancer is the most leading cause of death in the United States above all other cancers. In the early stages of lung cancer it can be hard to tell that there is anything wrong because people do not normally show symptoms until the cancer is further along. When the symptoms do appear you may start to notice things such as what they call the “smoker’s cough”, which is an ongoing cough that will not go away, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pains, losing weight, and pain in your bones. If a person notices one or many of these signals they should see a doctor immediately.

What You Should Know About Concussions by Schnikia Pool
The NCAA has stepped up in helping and preventing concussions in athletes. Between 1.6 and 3.8 million of concussions occur in sports and recreational activities. Many concussions go unnoticed because athletes don’t report the injury or don’t report enough. By athletes withholding information it puts them in grave risk. Educating athletes, parents, and coaches will help a lot more than trying to “tough it out”. Athletes are the sole source of preventing the deaths that occur because of this injury. 

Mitral Valve Prolapse by Stephanie Murphy
Mitral valve prolapse does put patients at risk for infective endocarditis, an infection in which bacteria attack the mitral valve. It is important to work to prevent infective endocarditis, as it is a severe disease. Some preventive steps include brushing and flossing your teeth, visiting a dentist regularly, contacting a doctor if you have gum infections, infections or a sore throat. The effected mitral valve is more susceptible to bacteria from oral infections, as the bacteria can enter the blood stream and attack the weaker flaps of the valve.

Liver Disease by Almira Babahmetovic
Liver failure occurs when the liver is not able to function properly or is damaged to the point where it can not be repaired or replaced. Liver failure most often happens over a period of time. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and long-term alcohol consumption are the most common causes of chronic liver failure.

Some signs and symptoms of liver failure can vary from minor to severe. The signs that are manageable include appetite loss, weakness, itching, nausea, fatigue, forgetfulness and confusion. Some examples of symptoms that take a toll on a patient are weight and muscle loss, Jaundice (yellowing of the skin with white eyes),  internal bleeding, and vomiting blood.

Why Is One Eye Color Different Than the Other? by Alexandra Adelman
Heterochromia iridis is when the iris color does not match the other eye’s. The name is pretty self-evident; “hetero”, meaning different, “chrom-“, meaning color, and “iridis”, which refers to the colored part of one’s eye called the “iris”. In humans, this condition is not common, but can be very noticeable. Someone may have two totally different colored eyes, such as one blue, one brown. Other people may have a partially blue/brown iris in one eye, and the other a solid color of either blue or brown.

How Common is Preeclampsia by Loretta Hughes
Preeclampsia can only be “cured” by delivering the baby.  If the baby is developed enough, your doctor may schedule a c-section or an induced labor.  If the baby is not close to term and you have a mild condition, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medicines and/or bed rest.  They may also require more frequent doctor visits and fetal heart rate and ultrasound checkups.  Intermediate conditions may require a hospital stay to closely monitor your condition.  Steroid injections to help with the baby’s lung development may be required.

What is Hemiparesis by Tayor Autry
Treatment for hemiparesis involves a lot of physical therapy. In some instances sensation and movement are worked on and in others the physical therapist mostly helps with helping the subject learn how to alter everyday activities for the inability of movement. The physical therapist will help with awareness of the limbs and range of motion. It is imperative that the subject stay motivated and involved during physical therapy.

What is Cellulitis by Dina Imsirevic
Treatment for all three types of cellulitis is very similar.  The patient will be prescribed antibiotics by mouth or through a vein (IV).  In very sever cases the patient will have to stay in the hospital.   Orbital cellulitis needs to be watched closely, because the infection can spread and get worse at a fast speed.  It is very important to see a health care provider as soon as any symptoms occur.  If the infection is caught early on, it is very treatable and the patient will make a full recovery.  If the patient is not treated, sepsis or blood clots can occur, which can be fatal.

Diabetes by Cory Do
Signs of diabetes range from person to person, that’s why getting check-ups and asking questions when in the doctor’s office is always important. No matter how big or small the situation is, it’s better to look into the problem than ignoring it completely. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, it is not the end to your life and favorite food. You just have to learn how to monitor how much you eat and ways to live with diabetes. Diabetes causes you to have higher risk in heart and kidney disease as well as other problems to your health. That is why you should monitor your diabetes so that you can live longer and not have diabetes dictate your life.

Living with Asperger Syndrome by Ellen Stackle
The behaviors may include spinning, flapping their hands or arms, or jumping up and down. They do these things because it helps calm their sensory system. When I feel this way I wrap my blankets around me like a cocoon. While the sensory issues may not go away, people can learn to deal with them better. Sometimes by exposing themselves to the sounds, smells or situations that bother them they can learn and develop coping mechanisms so that the situation isn’t as upsetting anymore. My first day of middle school I rubbed my arm or my legs the entire day.

Arthritis by Joshua Zimerman
Arthritis is a disease that causes severe, aching joint pain.  It also causes severe stiffness, especially in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, which is well known for causing morning stiffness, making one sore for as much as one to three hours daily.  Unfortunately as a result of arthritis, one may tend to have decreased joint range of motion over time and in the case of some types of arthritis, certain people even develop joint deformity.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by Amanda Whitehead
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome have been reported as tingling ,burning and or numbness in the palm of the hands and fingers, this may make the fingers feel useless and swollen even if there are no visible signs of swelling.  Performing tasks may prove to be difficult such as grasping objects, forming a fist or discerning  between temperatures such as  hot and cold. The best way to try avoiding permanent damage would be to seek a physicians advice as promptly as possible if you feel you may be experiencing any of these symptoms. It is best to gain an early diagnoses and immediate appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.

What is Antibiotic Resistance by Melody Bier
Antibiotics, also known as antimicrobials, have been in use since the 1940’s. They have proved to be very beneficial by treating bacterial infections in both humans and animals. This discovery revolutionized the modern world. Infections that once would lead to death were now treated easily and at low cost.  In the past few decades though, we have seen a growing problem as strains of certain bacteria have become resistant to the effects of antibiotic use.

Migraines Are Not Just Bad Headaches by Angela Lamb
NSAIDs are over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen.  They reduce swelling by blocking enzymes and proteins made by the body.  They are often used for short-term relief.  Triptans also help to reduce swelling in the brain while also helping with light and noise sensitivity, nausea and vomiting.  These are often used by migraine sufferers that have moderate to severe episodes that prohibit them to complete normal daily tasks because Triptans help in reducing the severity and length of a migraine upon onset.

How Do You Treat Atopic Dermatitis by Brittany Blumer
Atopic dermatitis is not a fatal condition but is extremely uncomfortable. It is believed that about 12 percent of children in the United States suffer from atopic dermatitis while only 1 percent of adults do. Most individuals outgrow this disease by the time they become adults but it can persist into adulthood.  The most severe problem that can arise from this disease is a bacterial infection which can be easily prevented by avoiding scratching and applying an antibacterial ointment to the raw skin.

Depression with Age by Kellie Anton
The symptoms of depression include loss of interest in something you use to enjoy, energy loss, change in weight, difficulty sleeping or overly sleeping, feelings of worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide. It is very important to recognize your symptoms and get help quickly. If you think you’re fighting depression, lean on a family member or friends for support and contact your doctor.  You may be prescribed with anti-depressants, which increase the number of chemical messengers in your brain, and be directed to further treatment such as therapy. Studies prove that a combination of treatments will increase your chance of depression never coming back.

 

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