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Adult Immunizations for 2012 - Questions & Answers

It’s flu shot time and when the subject of flu (and pneumonia vaccines) come up every year it always leads my patients ask me questions about what other vaccines they might need. In this post I will answer those questions. What vaccinations and tests are currently recommended for adults by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)? Read on.

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I’m Down with the Flu - Some Tips for You

It got me - again. I wrote this post the last time it got me - back in 2009. Not a bad run for someone who has her head down sick people’s throats all day this time of year. But, contrary to popular belief, even we medical people get sick sometimes and I am down - SO down - with the flu again.

I followed all my own advice (which I posted here before flu season). But as a Nurse Practitioner, 6 to 8 of the patients I see every day are sick this time of year. Catching the flu is just an occupational hazard in my line of work.

Read this for tips on how to take care of yourself if you get sick, too. It will tell you when you need to see a health professional and give you some tips on how to keep yourself out of the hospital.

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Help Haiti and Help Yourself – Make a Long Term Commitment

The devastating natural disaster in Haiti has gripped our hearts and minds. Many are suffering without water and food while suffering injuries and the loss of family, loved ones and shelter from the elements. Those people’s circumstances are utterly unimaginable. Please donate money NOW and plan to keep on giving in the future.

Recovery will not be quick. Read this post to help you think through how this disaster can help you help others and help you help yourself.

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Organizing NPs and NP Organizations

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

In my column “NPs On the Edge” I write about issues relating to NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Good Health

Here are Maverick Health’s top ten holiday gifts for good health. Too often the holidays end up in a tailspin of bad health choices. We overeat and gain 5 lbs that we never seem to lose, we feel stressed and we spend more than we planned on gifts that aren’t always appreciated or good for those to whom we give them. But this year things can be different. I’ve looked for some healthy gift ideas for your friends and loved ones that say “I care about you and your health”. Check them out.

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How to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

I have an idea about how to lower prescription drug costs and save millions (if not billions) of wasted dollars.

I know how to decrease confusion and eliminate much of the unnecessary anxiety related to prescription drugs. And I know how to decrease the cost of prescription drugs for individuals. How?

Pass a law to make it illegal for drug companies to advertise directly to consumers. Read on see why this is good idea.

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Why NPs Should Reach out to the Media

NP World News is the official news publication of nurse practitioners. Its contributors and columnists are thought leaders in the NP profession.

This is the fourth of 5 columns I will write for NPWN this year on subject of NP practice, health and health care reform.

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Texting While Driving is a Serious Health Risk - Duh!

I know, it’s not you - it’s the other guy. I want to talk about a serous health risk that more than 80 % of us admit to engaging in – texting while driving or talking on a cell phone while driving.

How much faith to you have in yourself as a driver? And how much faith do you have in other drivers? I’m betting you believe you are more competent than most of the drivers with whom you share the road. Be honest, am I right? I think its human nature to find ourselves more competent than everyone else on the road, but when I scrutinize that belief it’s just doesn’t hold up.

Please read this post and get real for a minute about the dangers of texting while driving an automobile or using a cell phone when you are behind the wheel.

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Swine Flu Symptoms and When You Need Tamiflu

The swine flu (AKA H1N1) has gotten our attention. At my practice we are getting getting calls from patients asking about the symptoms and for prescriptions for Tamiflu to have at home “just in case”.

In this post I want to explain the symptoms of swine flu and when you do and do not need Tamiflu (oseltamivir) – or the other anti-viral medication, Relenza (zanamivir). Also, I want to give you a link to good information sources about swine flu. There is a lot of hype out there and as this is a story that is still being written, so I want you to have reliable sources for the best information.

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Maverick Health Honors Nurse “Edge Runners”

The Edge Runner program is a part of the Raise the Voice initiative funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and directed by the American Academy of Nursing. It recognizes nursing professionals who are finding new ways to improve and promote the health of patients.

It hasn’t gotten nearly the media play it should, nor have these Edge Runners had as much recognition as they deserve.

Read on to learn how these innovative nursing professionals are delivering health care that rocks!

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