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Hoarders: from Reality TV to Reality

by Howard Gerber on September 13, 2012

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Hoarders: from Reality TV to Reality

Hoarding isn’t a new condition. In 1947, a pair of brother achieved legend status by starving to death amid piles of possession in a New York brownstone. Homer and Langley Collier were the last elderly remnants of a wealthy Manhattan family. They moved to a fashionable Harlem neighborhood in 1909, and as the neighborhood lost its cachet and transitioned downward, the brothers sank into increasingly reclusive and paranoid behavior. In the end, Langley was killed in an avalanche of trash while bringing Homer dinner, and bedridden Homer starved to death. There have been others, some famous, some not, usually considered, kindly, to be eccentric. Still, it was rare enough to be largely unknown. [continue reading…]

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Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement

by Howard Gerber on August 23, 2012

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Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement

In the effort to create a more sustainable healthcare system, the concept of patient engagement has garnered plenty of attention. Recently, the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) recently released guidelines for high-quality care that directly involves the patient. NAQC hopes to get the nursing community onboard in order to improve patient outcomes by improving communication and information flow. Many of the guidelines will be familiar to nurses, since their jobs traditionally include ongoing interaction with patients and their families, but the intent is to provide a consistent care framework with established standards for patient engagement. [continue reading…]

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Whooping Cough: It’s back and it’s bad

by Howard Gerber on August 16, 2012

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Whooping Cough: It’s back and it’s bad

In April, Washington State declared a pertussis epidemic, with victims numbering upwards of 3,000. Wisconsin is in similar trouble. As of the end of July, nine people are dead from the infection, and the number of cases had more than doubled from this time last year. The CDC predicts that this could be the worst outbreak since 1959, when 40,000 people were infected by this highly contagious disease. [continue reading…]

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Vitamin D- Does it stand up to the hype?

by Howard Gerber on August 9, 2012

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Vitamin D – Does it stand up to the hype?

Listening to recent news, you might think that ordinary vitamin D is the new panacea for the majority of our ills. Emerging scientific is pretty exciting, but there is plenty of notable that should not be overlooked. Here’s what you need to know about what vitamin D is, what it does, and whether it lives up to its rockstar fame. [continue reading…]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)…

by Howard Gerber on July 26, 2012

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder, known also as PTSD, is a condition caused by a terrifying life event. While many people may have difficulty coping after a traumatic event, most people will eventually be able to resume their normal lives. Unfortunately, some people may find their symptoms worsen and last for months or years. When this happens it can completely disrupt the life of the individual. [continue reading…]

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Summer Break or Continuing Education?

by Howard Gerber on July 12, 2012

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Summer Break or Continuing Education

Many people look at the job of teaching as a little bit of work with a lot of vacations. Summer vacation alone is more time off from work than most people get in several years in other careers. Then there is spring break and winter break and all of the other little three day weekends sprinkled throughout the rest of the year. Right? No, not really. [continue reading…]

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July is UV Safety Month…

by Howard Gerber on July 5, 2012

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July is UV Safety Month

 No matter your profession, you are probably exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation every day. Even people who spend most of their time indoors still receive exposure when they commute, go outside to check their mail, or walk from the car to the store. As a health care provider or educator, it is especially important to be aware of the risk and help to raise awareness in others. [continue reading…]

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