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Healthcare Student Papers | Nursing Students

CPR Nashville has provided the following health and disease papers for you to enjoy. These papers were written by future healthcare providers. These students are currently taking courses such as microbiology and anatomy and physiology. Each article is written on a basic level in order to help educate about the basics of a particular health, medical, or disease topic. Each also provides additional resources that can provide more information.

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What is Osteoporosis by Megan Poley – There are some risk factors for this disease, and they include getting older, being small and thin, having a family history of osteoporosis, taking certain medicines that can cause this disease, being a white or Asian woman, and having osteopenia or low bone density. Osteoporosis is caused by bone loss. During our lives, our bodies break down old bone and replace it with new bone.

What is Menopause by Robin Cavanaugh –  Menopause symptoms are a result of hormone changes and can range from mildly annoying to downright frightening for some women, with 50% of women reporting little or no symptoms at all.   Hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, insomnia, weight gain,  (especially around the midsection),  mood swings, anxiety, and an inability to concentrate are just a few of the symptoms that can range from mild to severe, thanks to reduced estrogen.  Some women may experience dry skin, hair, and brittle nails during this time, as well as incontinence, heart palpitations, joint pain, and headaches.

What is Gum Disease by Carly Weis – There are certain risk factors that may increase the chances of gum disease in an individual. These include smoking, systemic diseases (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis), poor oral hygiene, stress, heredity, underlying immunodeficiencies (example: AIDS), fillings that may have become defective, bridges that no longer fit correctly, medications that may cause dry mouth (for example, anti-depressants and certain heart medications), clenching or grinding of teeth, poor nutrition, and some female hormone changes.

What is Melanoma Skin Cancer by Carissa Hoffman – Not only is this form of skin cancer serious but it can kill millions.  Melanoma can be cured if detected early enough.  You should always look at your body and check for odd and new appearances.  New second guess something that looks odd or weird shaped, for it could save your life.

What is Kidney Disease by Brittany Klann – Sometimes if chronic kidney disease is not caught in time it can lead to kidney failure. In order to keep your body functioning with kidney failure either you are required to have a kidney transplant or put on dialysis. After you have gone through all the necessary steps with your doctor to see if you are eligible to have a transplant kidney, either a family member or friend can get tested to see if they are a positive match or you will be registered with Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

 What is Diabetes by Bijal Shah – There are three easy steps to preventing diabetes. First, eat healthily. If you do, then you’ll be in control of many factors. We’ll be in total control of your weight. We will also have lower blood pressure. That is useful when it comes to preventing diabetes. The final thing we will be in control of is our cholesterol level.

What is Asperger’s Syndrome by Debbie Gorman
There is no real known cause for Asperger’s Syndrome to be found. Hans Asperger, the pediatrician that first brought attention to this condition and was later named after, started researching Asperger’s Syndrome in 1944 with four children who were said to have autism, but he believed differently. His theory was Asperbers could be due to low activity of the part of the brain where the cognitive thinking (frontal lobe) takes place, his theory and beliefs were quickly disregarded.

What is Dwarfism by Emily Mulchek – A relatively common type of proportionate dwarfism is growth hormone deficiency.  Growth hormone deficiency in little people are characterized by a height below the third percentile on standard growth charts, a growth rate slower than expected and delayed or no sexual development.  The cause of growth hormone deficiency is unknown.