16 Quick and Easy Exercises to Stay in Shape

Published by admin on March 16, 2011

Sometimes we procrastinate about getting in shape because the idea seems overwhelming. But, there are many ways you can improve your physical condition without spending a lot of money on equipment or having to take on complicated workouts. Here are 16 exercises that can really help you get into shape without a lot of fuss.

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Top 50 Diabetes Blogs

Published by Jennifer on December 04, 2010

Diabetes has become an epidemic, and the number of blogs about diabetes is growing. Patients with Type I and II diabetes, parents of children with diabetes, diabetes support groups and group blogs fill the following list of the top 50 diabetes blogs. All blogs are current and updated, with information for others who may seek peer support. As a nurse or nurse practitioner, you might use these blogs as support for patients. [click to continue…]

18 Educational Open Courseware Classes About Medical Careers

Published by admin on October 19, 2010

The medical field is the fastest growing field in the United States. Between the aging of baby boomers and the US rolling out more comprehensive healthcare for its citizens, the healthcare field is wide open with job opportunities, and will continue to be so for years to come. Sometimes, however, deciding exactly what avenue in healthcare you’d like to explore can be a big decision, because there are so many careers in healthcare from which to choose. Here are 18 open courseware classes that can give you insight into some of the careers in healthcare. After taking one of these free courses in an area where you have interest, you’re likely to know whether further pursuing this avenue is right for you.

  1. Introduction to Health Policy: This course from Johns Hopkins explores the basic issues in health policy and management. This basic course will give you a very good overview of what the healthcare management field is all about and give you an introduction into health policy.
  2. Health Issues for Aging Populations: This course from Johns Hopkins explores aging and health policy related to treating older persons. As baby boomers age, we will have more elderly patients than our country has ever seen, so more and more healthcare jobs will be related to gerontology. This is a good class if you’re considering gerontology as a career.
  3. Aging Health and Diversity: These podcasts from Berkeley explore aging and how different cultures embrace it. This is another great course if you’re considering gerontology.
  4. Environmental Health: This course from Johns Hopkins explores environmental concerns and the health problems associated with them. Environmental Health is one of the newest fields in healthcare. This course should give you a good idea of whether or not you’re interested in environmental health.
  5. Biological Agents of Water and Foodborne Bioterrorism: This course from Johns Hopkins explores the possibility of bioterrorism through food and water borne illness. This class will help you better understand bioterrorism and health careers related to it.
  6. History of Public Health: This course from Johns Hopkins examines the historical experience of health and illness from a population perspective. Those who are interested in a field in public health will appreciate this course.
  7. Human Growth and Development: Tufts University offers this course on how humans develop and grow. This is a great course for anyone interested in pediatrics.
  8. Cardiovascular Pathophysiology: This course from Tufts offers an in depth look at the cardiovascular system. This is a great course for those interested in cardiology.
  9. Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology: This course from Tufts offers an in depth look at the human musculoskeletal system. This is a great course for anyone interested in orthopedics.
  10. Renal Pathophysiology: Learn how the kidneys function and adapt to disease in this course from Tufts University. This is a good class if you’re potentially interested in internal medicine or nephrology.
  11. Genetics: This course from Tufts covers basic human genetics, including how they contribute to disease. This is a great course for anyone interested in the field of genetics.
  12. Images of Memorable Cases: 50 Years at the Bedside: This course from Connexions is a study in the art and science of medical diagnosis. Anyone interested in being any sort of health practitioner will appreciate this course.
  13. Adolescent Health and Development: Another course from Johns Hopkins, this course covers the development of the adolescent body. It’s a great class if you’re interested in pediatrics.
  14. Introduction to Human Nutrition: This course from Berkeley gives you an overview of basic nutritional requirements. This is a good beginning course if you’re interested in being a dietician or nutritionist.
  15. Epidemiology of Infectious Disease: This course from Johns Hopkins explores infectious disease epidemiology. This is a good basic introduction for those who might be interested in studying infectious diseases.
  16. General Psychology: An introduction to General Psychology from Berkeley. If you’re interested in a career in the psychology field, this class is a must.
  17. Medical Terminology: Think you can handle learning the myriad of medical terms required for a career in healthcare? This course from the college of Eastern Utah will give you a head start.
  18. Managed Care: This course from Johns Hopkins gives an overview of managing patient care plans and insurance. It’s a must for anyone considering the field of healthcare management.

With some of these classes under your belt, you should have a much better idea about which career in the health field is right for you.

10 Essential Web Tools for Nurse Practitioners

Published by James on April 13, 2010

1. This Index of Malpractice Laws by State is a great resource for Nurse Practitioners and other healthcare professionals. If you have questions about laws and malpractice issues, and you can search easily by state to find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your workplace.

2. The Pearson Report is an annual national overview of legislation and healthcare issues relating to Nurse Practitioners. Unfortunately, search beginning in 2010, the complete report will only be available if you register with WebNPonline.

3. SkinSight.com has easily searchable pictures and graphics of a vast selection of skin problems and diseases. You can search by affected body part, name of disease, age, and sex of the patient to diagnose and find out about everything from acne to bed sores to skin cancer.

4. The American Dietetic Association’s nutrition manual is a good resource for finding printable handouts for your clients on diets and disease-specific information. The website also has BMI calculators and other fun tools to help educate your patients about proper nutrition and body weight.

5. Health.com has lists of the “most emailed” and “most popular” health-related stories, which can help you find out what the public wants to know most so you can prepare to answer those questions. It also has a list of fad diets, meal plans, quizzes and interesting health and diet-related articles.

6. PreventDisease.com has a handy “health tools” section that provides easy calculations for BMI, BMR, and Target Weight that are separated into kids, adults, men and women. The site also provides blood pressure assessments, a blood alcohol estimator, calorie calculators and disease risk assessors.

7. DrugDigest.com is a consumer health and drug information site with a drug library and interactive tools for patients to keep track of their medications. It also has drug interaction checkers, drug comparisons, and safety tips.

8. NurseLinkUp is “The Nurse Social Network” that features studies, news stories, and social networking for nurses all over the country.

9. HealthGrades.com is a great site for Nurse Practitioners looking for jobs. You don’t want to work just anywhere do you? When you want to find the best doctors, hospitals and nursing homes to work for – as graded by the patients – this independent rating organization is the place to look.

10. Jwatch.org has information from blogs, newspapers, websites, and every other resource on the web to give you little snippets of the latest in healthcare news. If you don’t have much spare time but want to stay up to date, this is the place to go.

5 Free Online Web Apps to Learn About Any Medicine

Published by admin on January 27, 2010

There is a lot of useful health information on the net and many cool interactive applications that can help you gain insight into the prescription drugs that you are using, treat preventive medicines out there, check Chinese medicines, alternative medicine therapies, and much more. The best part is that you get the information neatly categorized so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. If you really wanted total information the best thing to do would be to use these applications in conjunction with one another.

Here we present five free online web apps to learn about any medicine.

1. DoubleCheckMD – A cool web application that lets you use everyday language and search for the effects of various drugs. Aptly named Doublecheck; you can use it to quickly look up information on drugs; a simple phrase entry throws up detailed information on the drug. Or if you wish you can enter any symptoms you might be experiencing and abnormal lab test reports. The results that show up will tell you if your medication is responsible. You can discuss the information with your doctor and get a more rounded view of the situation. A great tool to inform and put your mind at ease about any discomfort that you might be feeling after taking medicine.

2. ABC Homeopathy – An exhaustive online tool that lists homeopathic remedies for the symptoms entered by you. A nice free application for those that have experienced positive results with this form of medicine. The level of interactivity is high and the questions asked before the suggestions are thrown up are quite detailed. You do not have to think, the software thinks for you. You only need to tick what’s applicable. A thorough background check is central to many alternative medicine practices, including homeopathy. A good aid for those that wish to learn about self-diagnosis.

3. Medstory – A cool search tool that promises in-depth information on health and medicine. The search engine’s partnership with quality reference sources online ensures relevant search results that can be refined and dug deeper into. The two main search categories are “Health” and “Research”. Search terms throw up results categorized into drugs, conditions, procedures, personal health, clinical studies, and more. The neat classification makes it easy to get appropriate information fast.

4. Right Health – A complete portal of quality health information including medicine. A single search term yields a ton of information segregated into many modules. Search for a medicine and you will get information categorized as overview, basic, references, patient experience, videos, guides, and articles. A good reference point for health-related queries of lay people. A related topics display gives you ideas on how best to expand your search and either go deeper into the topic or search laterally for associated subjects.

5. Curbside.MD – A well-thought of application that brings together evidence-based answers for questions that are asked in an everyday language. The extent to which the application pares down a simple query is impressive. The answers to a query are neatly categorized to facilitate ease of understanding. You are most likely to get a pertinent result on the result summary page itself. If not, you can check the Best Hits, Visual Diagnosis, Quick Consult, and more. There is also a Clinical Trials section that throws up results on clinical trials related to your query.

Regularly referencing these applications is sure to make the healthcare programs you practice more rounded. Your knowledge on medicines and their potential side effects will make it easier for you to fill forms at the doctor’s office. It also makes it easy for a doctor to pair your condition to a medicine keeping your physiology in mind.