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MRSA Concerns? We're Not Alone
Submitted by Josie Dean

Following is a link from a first-year nursing student with MRSA concerns ...
" First-Year Nursing Student Fears MRSA Exposure at Clinicals - NurseZone ."Nursing News, Nursing Jobs, Nursing Journals & Travel Nursing Resources at NurseZone.com . N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2011.

Lauren Tompkins presents:
Kellan, K. (2011, January 11). Scientists find imflammation immune cell switch. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70G3W020110117

Effects of alcohol on Inflammation Clinical Trial
Here is a ling to a study listed on Clinicaltrials.gov. The website, as you can see, is a government website with many listings of clinical trials that are completed, recruiting, or will bve recruiting. The Trial that I have linked to is based on the effects of alcohol on inflammation. It states that it is known that HDL, high-density lipoprotein, has nuetralizing properties when it binds to LPS, lipopolysacharride. Alcohol induces the levels of HDL; therefore, they have tested it effects on whether it lowers inflammation.
This website is a service of the US Natinal Institutes of Health. It has thousands of studies available with information about the conductors of the study as was as the study's sponsor(s).
The Website should be very valuable.
Hope this is informative!
Brittany Robinson

Sexually Transmitted Infections
Planned Parenthood is a government website which leads me to believe it is a reliable website. I believe it would be a good site to give to patients. This website includes information about different STIs (Chancroid, Chlamydia, Cytomegalovirus, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Herpes, HIV and AIDS, Human Papillomavirus, Intestinal Parasites, Molluscum Contagiosum, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Pubic Lice, Scabies, Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis), information on safer sex, information on STD testing, and a check to see if a person should be tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or HIV; as well as information for teens and tools for parents.
Sasha Huber
Reference: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Infections - STDs ." Planned Parenthood. 2011. Web. 18 Jan. 2011. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/stds-hiv-safer-sex-101.htm.
James Earley
This is a picture of the bacteria, Bacterium treponema pallidum that causes Syphilis. Enjoy, but enjoy safely!
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    "Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Markers of Inflammation - Full Text View - ClinicalTrials.gov." Home - ClinicalTrials.gov. TNO Quality of Life, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2011. .
    "Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Infections - STDs ." Planned Parenthood. 2011. Web. 18 Jan. 2011. .
    "Syphilis Pictures." Herpes - Sort the Facts from the Fiction. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2011.

    I found a quick, easy to read article about safe sex on web md that I thought it would share. I like Web Md, as I have found it really breaks down some tough medical subjects into layman's terms making it easy for just about anyone to follow. Hope you enjoy. (Audria)

    Health wise, Incorporated. (2008, May 8). Safe Sex. Retrieved January 20, 2011, from Web Md: http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/tc/safe-sex-topic-overview

    I also thought to add a link to a favorite site of mine...this site happens to sell cute plush venereal diseases and infectious pathogens!!! Giant Microbes
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    I have found the CDC site very informative, easy to read and understand. The overall site may take time to process the data, but I found information from September 2010 and thought it was very useful. To my knowledge all reportable diseases must be reported to the CDC. After a disease is reported to the local health dept, then it goes to the state level and upto the CDC. for those who haven't finished your STD/STI reports the CDC site might be helpful to you also. Rhonda

    CDC. "STD Facts - Gonorrhea." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., 1 Sept. 2011. Web. 20 Jan. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm.

    Clostridium difficile

    AKA C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications.

    Symptoms include:

      • Watery diarrhea 10 to 15 times a day

      • Abdominal cramping and pain, which may be severe

      • Fever

      • Blood or pus in the stool

      • Nausea

      • Dehydration

      • Loss of appetite

      • Weight loss

    C. difficile bacteria are passed in feces and spread to food, surfaces and objects when people who are infected don't wash their hands thoroughly. The bacteria produce hardy spores that can persist in a room for weeks or months. If you touch a surface contaminated with C. difficile, you may then unknowingly ingest the bacteria. For more check out the Mayo Clinic web-site. ´╗┐Referenced by: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2010, November 3). C. difficile. Retrieved January 21, 2011, from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/c-difficile/DS00736/DSECTION=causes GREG VOLZ This is a video that I found on Youtube about Chlamydia. Hope you enjoy! Jennifer Harris[[media type= width="640" height="385"]] Kaleigh, H. F. (2010, February). YouTube. Retrieved January 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S__EEJDwNmY__

    This was interesting to me because it really outlined the differences between genital herpes and genital warts. It will help when assessing patients. The Dr. in this video also outlined often-used treatment options. This helped me understand better the characteristics and symptomology of these diseases. Marjorie McGowen

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    ====Williams, MD, D. D. (2009, November 20). YouTube - Difference Between Genital Warts And Herpes . YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . Retrieved January 22, 2011, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDiZuO8_AA

    Stephanie Timlin Week 2 Submission: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-hpv-gardasil.pdf This link takes you to the Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) for the Human Pappiloma Virus vaccine. This is the only vaccine available specifically against a sexually transmitted disease, and moreover, the only vaccine that prevents cancer. The information provided in this VIS is what the American Academy of Pediatrics mandates health pro "Wound and Skin Care Center." Visiting Nurses Association of America. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2011. .
    fessionals communicate to parents prior to administration of the vaccine. The CDC provides up to date vaccine inofrmation on all vaccines available through the government and is a great resource to review prior to your office rotations, as health maintenance is a large part of the care provided in primary care. www.cdc.gov. (2010, March 30). Retrieved January 2011, 2011, from Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-hpv-gardasil.pdf Steph Timlin http://www.nih.gov/about/discovery/infectiousdiseases/====

    This is a link to a specific area in the National Institute of Health. It discusses infectious diseases and has links to other pages which discuss HIV/AIDS and influenza more in depth. Turning Discovery into Health. (2010, May 14). Retrieved January 22, 2011, from National Institute of Health: http://www.nih.gov/about/discovery/infectiousdiseases/ Becky Meek====

    This is a great article that shares some Nursing Interventions to Promote a Normal Inflammatory Response. Inflammation can be a friend or a foe, investigate the differences.
    "Wound and Skin Care Center." Visiting Nurses Association of America. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2011. www.vnaa.org/vnaa/g/?h=html/wound_center_June. Jodie

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    I thought this was an interesting and simple chart about the transmission and exposure of an STI as well as intervention points. (Amber)
    Sexually Transmitted Infections. (2007, March 28). Retrieved January 23, 2011, from sexualityandu.ca: http://www.sexualityandu.ca/professionals/sti.aspx

    Attached is a website that gives a wonderful explanation, including illustrations, animations, youtube movies, etc. regarding inflammation. This website's learning objectives are as follows: help you to learn the steps involved in the process of inflammation, learn how inflammation functions as an innate immune defense, learn the benefits associated with the inflammatory response; and learn how an excessive inflammatory response can be harmful to the body. The link is here: The innate immune system I hope this helps assists you in your understanding of inflammation . Wendy


    Kaiser, Dr. Gary. "The Innate Immune System: Inflammation." THE INNATE IMMUNE SYSTEM. Apr. 2008. Doc Kaiser's Microbiology. 23 Jan. 2011 .

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    I have attached a very informative video on acute inflammation. It basically shows the cellular and the vascular stages of acute inflammation. Joe-

    myinsung89. (2009). Acute Inflammation /YouTube. Retrieved January 23, 2011, from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suCKm97yvyk&NR=1

    Trentin Moya - Image of Smallpox

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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/smallpox-images/smallpox1.htm.

    Though vaccines have basically eliminated the threat of smallpox, Lewis, Dirksen, Heitkemper, Bucher, and Camera (2011) stated that under the right conditions infections like this can re-emerge. Especially after the 9/11 attack, bioterrorism has become a concern. Smallpox has been identified as a potential bio-terrorist threat; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a response plan along with guidelines should smallpox re-emerge (CDC, 2002). At present military personnel deploying to the Middle East receive the vaccine, in fact over 2 million people have been vaccinated since 2002 (Military Vaccine Agency, 2011).


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2002). Smallpox response plan and guidelines (verson 3.0). Retrieved from http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/response-plan/index.asp.

    Lewis, S., Dirksen, S. R., Heitkemper, M. M., Bucher, L., & Camera, I. M. (2011). Medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (Vol. 1, 8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

    Military Vaccine Agency. (2011). Smallpox vaccination program. Retrieved from http://smallpox.army.mil/.

    Submitted by Trentin Moya
    [[media type= width="425" height="350"]]I thought this was very funny and it related to our dicussions from the week. (Sierra Sonntag)

    Karposi sarcoma is a type of cancer characterized by the abnormal growth of blood vessels that develop into skin lesions or occur internally. KS is an AIDS defining illness but it is possible to develop without HIV. According to the article located on the web link, ethnicity also plays a part in the development of KS. See the pictures bellow, all depicting different lesions. Andrea Pedrosa


    Pictures are always helpful. KS.

    National Cancer Institute. (2009) Best Bets for Kaposi Sarcoma. Retrieved January 30, 2011, from http://www.cancer.gov/search/results.aspx