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  • Global Health Rotation: Malnutrition

    I just returned from Uganda 5 days ago -- a harrowing 43 hour journey with a more than a few moments of thinking we might not ever get home, but I did. And I wanted to recount a day with a problem we as NP/PA students don't face much in the U.S.: malnutrition.  Bugabero is in the Manafwa District, a sort of rural suburb of the city we ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    We have carved deep into the second half of my first year as a professional physician assistant. This is the perfect time for a Quarterly Check-Up to examine some of the biggest lessons over the last three months We learned that our patient's beliefs can trump the strongest medicine and that our acceptance of those beliefs makes us better ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Update on Melanoma Patient

      This post is an update on the patient I reported on in my March 1 post. He is 75 years old and came to our office as follow-up after excision of scalp lesions. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic melanoma.   The photo shows his scalp involvement 3 months later. These satellite lesions are growing at an exponential rate. The ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 11, 2013
  • Spring Breakers Beware

    As the universities and secondary schools are preparing for spring break, it is important that we are educated and educate our young patients on the dangers of ultraviolet exposure. I am going to focus this blog more specifically towards the use of tanning beds. As a dermatology specialist and a parent, I find it unconscionable that ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on March 11, 2013
  • My One Year Anniversary as an NP

    It's ironic that I wrote my last post on October 15, 2012, the 1-year anniversary of my one and only job as an NP. What a year! Or, rather, what a year and a half! The worst of times, yes (the end of a 30-year marriage in June 2011), but also the very best of times (Duke MSN/FNP in May 2011, certification in September 2011, dream job in ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on October 25, 2012
  • Answering Patients' Questions

    Lately it seems a rash (no pun intended) of patients have asked me how it was that they contracted their Staph infections. Some had MRSA, others MSSA. Some suffered from bacteremia, others osteomyelitis, and others still were challenged by skin/soft tissue infections in the form of painful and unsightly abscesses. Some had recently undergone ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on September 20, 2012
  • Helping Patients Manage Dry Skin

    This blog is brought to you by ADVANCE and DNA.  Editor's note: This blog post was written by Annette Fonteneau, MSN, RNP, DCNP, who practices at School Street Dermatology in Pawtucket, R.I. Although winter's end is approaching, patients are no doubt asking for advice about treating their dry, cracked, painful skin. The heat in ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on February 23, 2012
  • When It Comes to Lips, Does Pretty Have to Hurt?

        This blog is brought to you by ADVANCE and DNA. Editor's note: This blog post was written by Bonnie Marting, DNP, ARNP, who practices at Anushka Cosmedical Centre in Jupiter, Fla. With the FDA approval of Restylane for lip enhancement and the anticipated direct-to-consumer marketing from Medicis, those of us in ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on February 9, 2012
  • Light Chemical Peels

    Our skin is not only our largest organ, it is our first line of defense against harsh environmental conditions such as UV damage, pollution and irritants. So, have you thanked your skin lately? What better way than with an effective and inexpensive facial treatment? If you are looking to improve a dull complexion on a budget, a light (superficial) ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on January 10, 2012
  • Bye-Bye Brown Spots, Hello Glow

    My office distributes a questionnaire that asks patients to check off any cosmetic concerns that they may have. A pretty consistent concern is brown spots. Also known as sun spots, liver spots and age spots, the name doesn't really matter ... not a day goes by that I don't treat these pesky patches. A combination of hormones and photo damage are ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on December 13, 2011
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