The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has certainly been a topic of conversation and concern ever since news of the outbreak was first reported on 31 December 2019, in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus first appeared to be pneumonia in a group of individuals who had been to a seafood market in Wuhan. Since then, the virus has…

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According to Diabetes Australia, 280 Australians develop diabetes each and every day. That’s the equivalent of one person every five minutes! Nurses are exposed to this fact every day of their working lives and understand the importance of educating patients and promoting self care management. Diabetes is a complex yet manageable condition. However, the key to…

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What is Postural Hypotension (also known as Orthostatic Hypotension)? According to Augn et al.(2012), Postural Hypotension (otherwise known as Orthostatic Hypotension) is defined as a reduction in systolic blood pressure of at least 20 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure of at least 10 mmHg within 3 minutes of standing from a lying position. It is…

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What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Trigeminal neuralgia a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed – lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. Classic symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia include: Pain…

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