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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, aka The Hor...rors, DTs or the Shakes
The effects of heavy alcohol consumption may have an effect on the central nervous system (CNS). This session looks at this potentially lethal condition of alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS), also know...n as delirium tremens or the ‘DTs’.
Craving and Reward: What's the Connectio...n?
Why do some people have a craving and reward system that is stronger than others and which can only be satisfied with illicit drugs and alcohol?...
Body Worn Devices and Implants - Advance...d Epileptic Seizure Warning Methods
This interesting session showcases a Melbourne innovation that has the potential to dramatically improve the life of patients who have epilepsy. For nurses, it offers early warning signs that a seizur...e may be about to occur. Associate Professor David Grayden explains the research that is underway to develop this new technology and looks at how it will work in the field.
The Biomedical Bases of Dementia
For present purposes, dementia results from one form or another of deterioration in the tissue of the brain. Its accurate diagnosis is vital because some forms of dementia are reversible and hence c...an be 'cured'. An understanding of the biomedical problems is also vital for carers in helping them to understand the needs and problems of those for whom they are caring. This chapter will describe the various conditions that give rise to dementia and detail the implications of each.
Stimulus and Stress
This chapter addresses the importance of stress and coping in caring for older people with dementia. It maintains that stress is a normal phenomenon in our lives and that stress is useful and necess...ary for everyday functioning. On the other hand, it also emphasises that too much stress becomes distress and that distress can arise when copping skills are not effective. Coping strategies require intact memory and cognition to solve problems and recall effective past strategies. Dementia alters cognition and memory. Therefore, the potential to cope is reduced. Families and friends are important and essential sources of information for caregivers to learn about the patterns of stress response of the older person and observation by caregivers will enable a better understanding of the patterns of stress response of the older person with dementia. Care planning should consider the stress-response patterns of the person receiving care.
Nutrition as a Complementary Therapy
Nutrition is often overlooked in health care and viewed as a non-scientific modality. The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate that nutrition does have a scientific base and is worthy of implementati...on in the prevention and treatment of disease, even in today’s technological age. The chapter will provide health practitioners with a basic understanding of nutrition and the role it plays in health and disease. Nurses are often the first port of call in relation to health advice and the information in this chapter will help them enlighten those with whom they come into contact.