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Assessing the seven dimensions of pain

Pain affects many aspects of your patient's reality. Learn about the seven dimensions of pain and how to evaluate them.

Attacking anterior-wall myocardial infarction in time

More than 1 million Americans a year suffer a myocardial infarction (MI). This article tells you how - and how quickly - you need to respond to the most dangerous MI.

Tune into the healing power of music

Music can decrease patients' pain and anxiety, lower their pulse and blood pressure, and reduce their need for sedation.

Herbal facts, herbal fallacies

Many people assume herbs can't cause harm, and neglect to tell healthcare providers they're using them. This article will boost your herbal awareness and help you eradicate herbal ignorance among patients, colleagues, family, and friends.

Aromatherapy for you and your patient

Use fragrant oils to soothe muscles, relieve tension, and more.

Be a myth-buster: Stop the misconceptions about fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia produces many symptoms but no signs, so some clinicians dismiss it as a wastebasket diagnosis. But the pain is very real, and patients with fibromyalgia need you to understand their pain - and try to relieve it.

Recognizing and easing procedural pain

A procedure may be routine to you, but the pain it produces isn't routine to your patient.

Severe pain: What’s the diagnosis?

Read this puzzling case history, and see if you can decide on the correct diagnosis.

Last Breath: The ethics of pharmacologic paralysis

Should patients receive neuromuscular blockers while mechanical ventilation is withdrawn?

Improving pain management: Call to action

Less pain means a great gain for patients. Learn about ANA's agenda to improve the management of chronic and acute pain.
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann...
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Take Note – October 2006

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing...