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5 Things Nurses and Nurse Practitioners Need to Know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the large intestine. IBS that causes increased diarrhea is often called IBS-D. Recently, I had an opportunity to learn more about the disease state and discovered many surprising facts. I’ve also collected a few strategies that nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians can use to ensure patients afflicted with this syndrome can receive proper care and treatment.

Macular Degeneration: What You Need to Know

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Macular degeneration is a condition characterized by the loss of vision and other serious symptoms. Often resulting in total vision loss and other complications, there are two types of this illness: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. While dry macular degeneration progresses slowly and is often associated with age, wet degeneration, though less common, is typically more severe in nature, as it usually appears abruptly and progresses at a rapid pace.

How To Take Care of Both Psychological and Physical Health

Physical health and psychological well-being may seem unrelated. However, these two areas of health are linked in a number of ways. From mild mood disorders to cognitive illnesses, psychological health is greatly affected by physical well-being. The following explores the link between mental and physical health, and includes information on how to improve virtually all areas of well-being.

The Value of Nursing: Expanding the Role of Nurses

Sally Okun, who is vice president of patient advocacy, policy and patient safety for PatientsLikeMe, was the very first nurse to speak at TEDMED. She used this opportunity at the 2013 event to focus on how nurses could, and should, play a bigger role in healthcare.

Ask A Nurse: How To Find Help With Your Medical Bills

A nurse may not be your financial adviser, but nurses may be able help you make sound financial decisions that can save you hundreds, even thousands, on medical bills. Nurses play an important role in our health. Anyone who’s been admitted to a hospital knows that they are the frontliners–always there to address patient needs. But did you know that their role goes beyond changing IV fluids and taking vitals?

Keeping Patients Out of the Hospital

There is an increasing trend in healthcare of trying to keep patients out of the hospital. Many insurance companies are decreasing reimbursement to healthcare providers if they get readmissions for patients with the same issues. Many healthcare organizations are trying to tackle this issue in many ways. This includes taking a bigger focus on preventative care, home care, and patient education.

4 Easy Tips for Maintaining Your Health

Being healthy is one way that you can help increase your quality of life. While genetics play some role in your overall health and well being, your lifestyle plays significantly more. If you want to live a long and productive life to see your children and grandchildren grow up then you need to start by getting healthy now.

How to get Better Eyesight and Maintain or Improve Your Vision

It’s easy to take your eyesight for granted but it is a sense that you should work diligently to protect. Like most things, your eyesight is something you don’t really notice until its gone—which is something you want to keep from happening for as long as possible. Here are some of the best ways to do that.

Raising Prostate Cancer Awareness: Searching for a Symbol

Mustaches are a masculine symbol—perfect for a disease that only occurs in men. And since most men secretly want to grow a mustache anyway, Movember gives them the opportunity—at least for a month—to see how much they can sprout on their upper lip in a month long mustache growing competition. The mustache may end up doing as much for prostate cancer awareness as the pink ribbon did for breast cancer. And that would be a great thing.

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