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    University of Phoenix
    As the leading online school in the nation, Phoneix University offers various pharmacology online courses to take in your own time.
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    KAPLAN University
    One of the largest online universities with a widely recognized name, Kaplan University offers a myriad of online pharmacology courses that fit your schedule.
Exposure to UV Rays in Unexpected Places
by admin on: April 13th, 2011
When you know you are going to go out and spend a significant amount of time in the sun, such as a trip to the beach or doing yard work, you’ll likely apply sunscreen. The chemicals that constitute sunscreen can block the dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays that can lead to sunburn, or even skin cancer. Of course, to those people who value a nice tan, the UV rays are desirable and even sought by going to a tanning salon. You would probably think the people who frequent the tanning salons are either...
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What 50 Cents Can Buy
by admin on: April 11th, 2011
There was a time when $0.50 could buy a cup of coffee. Well, not a double-macchiato-something, or something with syrups and different milks, or milk-substitutes, but a good cup of coffee. Nowadays, coffee is more expensive, and most consumers opt for coffees that retail for over $2 a cup. This, of course, begs the question: Can fifty cents still buy something of value? The answer is a resounding yes. There is a new meningitis vaccine that was given approval by the World Health Organization. This...
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Medication Errors Involving Administration of Nimodipine
by admin on: April 8th, 2011
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a safety announcement on their website after receiving reports that the drug, Nimodipine, is being improperly administered to patients. According to the reports filed with the FDA, the adverse consequences (death, cardiac arrest, severe drops in blood pressure, and other heart-related complications) resulting from this misuse are often serious and sometimes fatal. Nimodipine is a drug that is classified as a calcium channel blocker. Nimodipine is...
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Increased Risk Associated with Using Multiple Forms of Tobacco Use
by admin on: April 6th, 2011
The nicotine present in tobacco is addicting. In fact, the nicotine in a cigarette will reach the brain just a few seconds after a smoker takes a puff. The initial effects of nicotine can cause a person to feel alert and awake, while subsequent doses have a calming or relaxing feeling for the smoker. Though the effects of nicotine wear off after a few minutes, a smoker is ???encouraged??? to have another cigarette, or face withdrawal symptoms that get progressively worse over time. In the United...
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Non-Pharmacological Therapy for Heart Cases
by admin on: April 4th, 2011
Not all effective therapies involve pharmacologic treatments. In fact, many of the preferred therapies seek to avoid medicines, as medicines are associated with adverse effects. One new therapy being tried in New York City involves cooling a patient???s body temperature while on route to the hospital; this therapy is called ???therapeutic hypothermia.??? Approximately 20 hospitals in New York City began employing this technique in January 2009 which can involve simply packing the patient???s body...
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Violence, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
by admin on: April 1st, 2011
Generally speaking, when a patient presents with comorbid substance abuse and mental illness, there is a substantial increase for the risk of violence in these patients. Broadly speaking, treating the violent behavior in patients diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse requires treating both the underlying psychopathology and the substance abuse together. A recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (August 2010) has re-explored this issue by focusing on the violent...
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Are Patients Treated with Anti-Epileptic Drugs More Likely to Attempt Suicide?
by admin on: March 30th, 2011
Data from clinical trials was previously collected and used in a meta-analysis revealed an association between patients using anti-epileptic drugs and suicidality (broadly defined as an individual that has suicidal ideation, suicidal behavior, or both). An article in the August 2010 New England Journal of Medicine addressed whether this association is significant by using observational data gathered from patients who were treated with epileptic drugs and diagnosed depression or bipolar disorder,...
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Pneumonia Associated with Patients using Cubicin: A Guideline for Health Care Professionals
by admin on: March 28th, 2011
Eosinophilic pneumonia is a rare, but serious medical condition that comprises a group of lung diseases. These lung diseases are characterized by the presence of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in the bloodstream and lungs of patients. This disorder is sometimes called pulmonary infiltrates with eosinophilia syndrome, and may result from the use of certain chemicals or drugs, an infection from parasites, or a fungal infection. The symptoms a patient presents with when they have contracted...
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New Method for Diagnosing Alzheimer???s Disease
by admin on: March 25th, 2011
The Mayo clinic states that Alzheimer???s disease is the most common cause of dementia in people. Dementia is defined as the loss of both intellectual and social abilities, such that a person???s daily functioning is affected. For people who suffer from Alzheimer???s disease, the healthy brain tissue degenerates, which results in steady decline in memory and mental abilities. A study published in the scientific journal, Archives of Neurology, details the data collected from a research group in Belgium...
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American Girls Entering Puberty at Earlier Ages
by admin on: March 23rd, 2011
A study of over 1,200 girls in three American cities revealed that young American girls are entering puberty at earlier ages (between seven and eight years of age) than studies investigating the age of puberty conducted 30 years ago. This new study published in the online journal Pediatrics used the Tanner Breast Stages system for defining puberty; this system uses a five-stage system for classifying breast development. The data indicated that the largest increase in girls entering puberty early...
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