Blog | Articles on Health and Disease

Welcome to CPR Nashville’s Blog where you will be able to find great short articles on health and disease topics written by students going into the healthcare field, such as nurses, hygienists, paramedics, etc. These students are currently taking courses such as anatomy and physiology, health, pathology, and microbiology. These courses are mainly prerequisites for programs for future healthcare providers. Each paper is just a short summary of the most important aspects of each health and disease related topic. This is a good place to start if you know very little about a particular subject that you would like to inquire more about. At the end of each article you will also find additional references (many of which are clickable links) that can take you to sources that offer even more detail on each topic.

We hope you enjoy these articles and can acquire some useful information from each of them. These future healthcare professionals know how important it is to educate the community. This is a good start for them. Enjoy!


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Pediatric Advanced Life Support courses taught at CPR Tampa’s Palm Harbor, Florida location is an American Heart Association certified PALS class. If you already are certified but are going to expire shortly, then you would take the Refresher or Renewal course. If you have never been certified, then you would need to take the one day first time class. It’s easy to register by simply clicking the links above. Once you are at CPR Tampa’s website you can then choose the time and day that works best for you.


How to Identify Bacillus cereus | Microbiology Unknown Lab

B. cereus was the correct bacterium inoculated into tube 112.  The MR tests as well as the oxidase test were re-conducted with no change in the results.  These tests should have shown a positive result identifying B. cereus earlier in the testing process as the Gram positive bacterium. The probability for the inaccurate results of the oxidase test could have been that the bacterium was an older culture. In addition the MR test was probably contaminated.


Addiction as a Brain Disease by Rebekah Boesch

Addiction is complicated and multifaceted and has been argued back and forth as to whether or not it is a choice or if it is truly a disease. Insurance companies prefer to argue that free will does exist and that punishment and coercion are the best options to change an addict. However with more and more research, it has been proven to be a fact that addiction is not an excuse for rebellious and selfish behavior, but a clear-cut disease. The simple disease model includes an organ, the defect of that organ, and symptoms of the disease. Addiction satisfies this model with the brain as the organ. The defect is more difficult to understand because it is not a physically visible malfunction. But to understand this, a general knowledge of the brain is imperative.  The midbrain or limbic system works as the unconscious aspect of the brain. This is associated with the basic human instinct for survival. Stress plays the role as the causal agent in addiction.


What is Narcolepsy by Sydney Gibson

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder, often identified with overwhelming exhaustion and the inability to stay awake. Symptoms of narcolepsy include: excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hallucinations. Normally symptoms occur between the ages of ten and twenty-five, but can worsen with age. Typically the first symptom to appear is daytime sleepiness. People with narcolepsy can fall asleep without warning, or wake up after napping and feel suddenly tired again. Cataplexy, another symptom of narcolepsy may occur when a person is feeling intense emotions. Cataplexy is an uncontrollable weakness of the muscles and may last up to a few minutes. Cataplexy may cause a person to drop to the ground uncontrollably if they are standing.


Staphylococcus aureus or Enterococcus faecalis | How to Identify

This indicated that the unknown was Staphylococcus aureus or Enterococcus faecalis. Then a Nitrate test was performed which had a positive reaction meaning the reduction of Nitrate to Nitrite. A Catalase test was performed which had a positive reaction for the bacterial enzyme catalase. This proved that the unknown-2 bacteria were Staphylococcus aureus.


9 Things You Must Know About Pubic lice You should know by Benta Okello

The effects of this infection present the insect’s feeding behavior that is not only obnoxious but also intolerable. She also argues that a person infected with pubic lice succumbs to a great deal of discomfort as these tiny insects jab the person’s skin with their crab-like legs and barbed tongue as they suck blood. The sensation of itchiness and rash mostly intensify with insect blood sucking activity, thus causing endless and extensive scratching and rubbing of the pubic area.


Proteus vulgaris | Unknown Lab Report, Microbiology

Microbiology in simplest terms is the study of microorganisms that may or may not be present to the naked eye. These microorganisms can have remarkable abilities such that we cannot fathom. In order to begin to understand them, we must learn the basics. Some of these organisms have distinct qualities that set them apart from one another, such as the exposure to certain environments. Through out the semester in the laboratory, we are able to encounter some of the few microorganisms that we as humans have come into contact with. With the knowledge gained from the sessions in the laboratory, we can now integrate what we have learned to the process of finding out the unknowns given.


9 Things You Must Know About Herpes by Carissa Hoffman

Herpes is one of the many sexually transmitted diseases out there.  This specific type of sexually transmitted disease may not be the most severe but if not treated it could just as easily turn to life threatening illness.  So I am going to point out some important facts you need to know about Herpes.


7 Things you must know about Gonorrhea by Mandakiniben Patel

Gonorrhea is a contagious disease caused by the bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is transmitted mostly through sexual contact with infected person; it can also be spread by contact with infected bodily fluids, for example a mom passing infection to her new born during childbirth. Both men and women are infected with this disease.


9 Things to Know About a Prolapsed Uterus by Bijalben Shah

Prolapse means to fall out of place. Uterus prolapse occurs when uterus fall down or slip out from its normal position into or through the vagina. Uterus is an organ of the female reproductive system which is located inside the pelvis. The pelvic floor that is a group of muscles and ligaments attach to our pubic bone and our tail bone. That muscles and ligament of the pelvic floor support and held the uterus in its position.


9 Things You Must Know About Cervical Cancer by Christina Steger

There are many treatments available for cervical cancer.  The first would be surgery to remove the uterus and is called a hysterectomy.  When the invasion of cells is greater than 3mm into the cervix, a radical hysterectomy is recommended.  During this procedure, the cervix, uterus, and part of the vagina are removed.  Other treatments would be radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of both of these methods.


9 Things you must know about Genital Warts by Shaun Grace

Genital Wart’s  is a common sexually transmitted disease that is very easily spread by skin-to-skin contact, usually from having unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex.  They are caused by Human Papilloma virus and 90% of them are caused by strain 6 or 11. They are small painless bumps that are hard.  There is only treatment for the symptoms of Genital warts which includes topical drugs, burning, freezing of the warts, surgery and laser treatment. Currently there is no cure for Genital warts.


9 Things You Must Know About Pelvic Inflammatory Disease By Melanie Fletcher

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a life threatening disease. This disease is preventable and also treatable. The practice of safe sex of not having sex is the key to avoiding pelvic inflammatory disease. Being aware of your body and noticing significant changes is important to know if the infection has occurred. Realizing the infection early can prevent further complications to the female reproductive organs. When being sexually active, you need to be smart and take every precaution to prevent pelvic inflammatory disease.


9 Things You Must Know About Hepatitis B by Brittany Brown

Hepatitis B can be a very serious disease. Anyone who can get vaccinated should take the opportunity to protect themselves. If you find out you are infected with this disease you should get treated right away. To protect you even further make sure you have protected sex, do no reuse syringes, and do not come into direct contact with others’ body fluids while working in the healthcare industry.


9 Things You Must Know About Endometriosis by Caroline Coley

Every month a woman sheds the inner lining of her uterus or endometrium.  The endometrium is a layer of tissue that lines the uterus.  This process is what is known as menstruation or more commonly, a “period.”  Endometriosis occurs when this same tissue grows in other areas outside of the uterus.  The clumps of endometrial tissue found outside of the uterus are called implants.  These implants are usually found on the outer wall of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and intestines.


9 Things You Must Know About Gestational Diabetes by Amanda Wehmeier

Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that some women experience during pregnancy.  Similar to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes deals with the way the body processes and breaks down the sugars at a cellular level.  However, with gestational diabetes you do not have to take insulin most of the time, unlike the other forms of diabetes.


How to Write a Microbiology Unknown Lab Report

Here is an excellent example of how to write an unknown lab report in Microbiology class. Please note that due to formatting issues the flow charts had to be removed. They would be in the Results section. All healthcare providers ultimately have to take a microbiology class as part of their program curriculum. So here is a great paper that might help you along when you are at this point in your studies.


What is Broselow Tape? PALS Class Nashville

Any healthcare providers that work in emergency pediatric situations must be PALS certified with the American Heart Association. PALS stands for Pediatric Advanced Life Support. A typical PALS class is usually given over a 2 day period, however there are some training sites that offer a one day class such as CPR Nashville. All the typical skills associated with an emergency crisis will be taught in this course. These skills checks include abnormal ECG rhythms, emergency pharmacology, rescue breathing, a proper chest compression, etc. This is also taught in ACLS classes, but of course in a PALS class they are adjusted for infants and children. ACLS classes provide emergency training for adults.



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