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Appetite Control & Suppression

Describes how appetite is normally regulated. Cites how appetite can become dysregulated and contribute to weight gain and obesity. Describes a range of factors that can influence appetite control. Identifies lifestyle interventions that can be used to regain appetite control. Identifies the role of appetitesuppressing medications.

Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases

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.

Arthritis, Diet & Exercise

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.

Asthma & Allergies

Identifies the pathophysiology and triggers of asthma and common allergies. Describes diagnostic methods for asthma and allergies. Summarizes the most prevalent treatment methods for asthma and allergies. Describes strategies for preventing asthmatic and allergic reactions. Discusses differences and similarities in diagnosis and treatment of adult and childhood asthma and allergies.

Caring for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

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.

Caring for the Caregiver

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.

Chocolate: Drug, Food, or Preventive Medicine?

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.

Coffee & Tea

Describes the chemical content of coffee and tea, and the pathways by which these chemicals affect the body. Identifies the latest findings on the positive and negative health effects of caffeine, and decaffeinated beverages. Discusses the potential for addiction in caffeine users. Advises patients about consumption of caffeine beverages.