Identifies the symptoms and risk factors for arthritis and rheumatic diseases. Describes the range of medications and indications for treating arthritic diseases. Discusses lifestyle changes that can enable symptom relief. Identifies clinical presentations of illnesses that help expedite diagnosis and
treatment. Describes the newest advances in the treatment and prevention of arthritis and its complications.
Discusses the various forms of arthritis, its prevalence in the US population, symptoms, and risk factors. Describes the evidence for a connection between arthritis and diet, and discuss various types of diets, antioxidants, and vitamin supplements. Explains the benefits of exercise for patients with arthritis. Identifies the various forms of exercise suitable for arthritis patients, and how they may decrease or prevent arthritis symptoms. Discusses the role of social workers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists in the management of arthritis.
Lists methods to assist patients with memory and communication problems. Lists strategies to assist patients with mood and behavioral problems. Identifies strategies to assist patients with physical and personal hygiene problems. Identifies approaches to mealtime and nutritional health. Identifies strategies for handling exercise, socializing, and other activities. Discusses when and how to consider alternative living arrangements including respite care. Describes the legal and financial concerns that need to be addressed.
Identifies the personal qualities needed by a caregiver. Describes the stages an Alzheimer’s patient’s caregiver experiences as part of the process of becoming a caregiver. Identifies a team of health care professionals to provide care for the individual with a dementing condition. Provides strategies for caregivers to care for themselves, including physical and emotional health.
Discusses various historical uses of chocolate. Identifies chocolate’s nutritive and nonnutritive properties. Outlines current knowledge on potential health benefits related to polyphenols and other components in chocolate. Describes what may underlie “chocolate craving” and distinguish between craving and addiction. Advises patients regarding chocolate consumption and ways to reduce consumption, if appropriate.
Identifies the issues in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia as well as controversies regarding the clinical presentations of this condition. Assesses the differential diagnosis of fibromyalgia, including differentiation from myofascial pain syndromes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome, and other conditions. Identifies treatment regimens and management options for fibromyalgia, including “integrative” treatments (exercise and herbal and over-the-counter remedies). Explains to patients the role of sleep disorders in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia and in the clinical management of this condition.
Describes the patterns and causes of alopecia and hirsutism. Discusses the evaluation and possible treatments for hair loss and hirsutism. Describes changes in nail color, shape, and texture that indicate underlying illness. Lists medications which can cause hair or nail abnormalities. Discusses practical strategies for maintaining healthy hair and nails.
Discusses major risk factors for heart disease. Describes the relationship between obesity and heart disease. Lists commonly used diagnostic procedures in cardiology. Identifies the role of inflammation in heart disease. Lists new guidelines for blood pressure control.