PTSD

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often associated with those who’ve seen active combat in the military.  One of the first things to know about PTSD:  it’s not just for combat veterans.  While it’s incredibly prevalent in combat veterans – up to 75% of veterans who were injured during combat reported PTSD symptoms – you’ll also find it in a large …

Colorado Cannabis

What Does Cannabis / Marijuana Legalization Look Like?

The very first articles on AMH was to help demystify cannabis, cannabinoids, and marijuana from a medical standpoint.  We broke it down to what are they, what does medical science have to say about them, and what’s the legal status.   Of course, with such a controversial topic, people continued to ask questions – which is good.  The problem is, …

Depression

Everyone has the blues from time to time.  It’s a part of the ebb and flow of emotions in our lives.  Yes, that’s a form of depression – a temporary mood that will pass fairly quickly, ranging from a few hours to a few days.  But, often when people are talking about depression, what they really mean is Clinical Depression …

Parkson's Disease: Lewy Bodies

Parkinson’s Disease

In 1998, star actor Michael J. Fox did something particularly brave:  he announced he had Parkinson’s Disease, which helped push the disorder into a more public view.  He suspended his acting career in 2000, and for good reason:  Parkinson’s began slowly sapping his abilities, as it has with around 53 million other people worldwide. What is Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Disease is a …

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety in some form or another is a common part of modern life.  Getting up to speak in front of a crowd?  Maybe your heart starts racing, you breathe harder than normal, and you begin sweating.  You’re filled with dread that you’re going to screw it all up, and make a fool of yourself in public.  Fortunately, the anxiety passes …

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the human body’s worst horror stories.  Slowly, piece by piece, the body quits responding to the mind as the nerves become damaged.  It’s inconsistent, with some days being better than others.  Some days, the body seems to be in mostly working order.  The next day, an MS sufferer may have had a flare, and …

The Legal Status of APRNs

In our final article on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), we will be explaining the legal status of APRN practice. The rules for what APRNs can and can’t do as part of their patient care varies from state to state.  We’ll take a look at other states, though our focus is on Kansas, of course.  And, we’ll be looking at …

The Educational Requirements for an APRN

When talking about the current status of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), it’s important to understand the education required to reach that level of health care practice.  There’s often a knee-jerk response to the idea that APRNs should be able to practice autonomously (without direct instruction from a doctor), citing they don’t have the education level of a doctor.  In …

What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)?

This week we kick of a series of articles that give a better understanding of APRNs, what role they play in medicine, the level of education involved, and the legal struggles they’ve faced.  Our first article is by guest writer Michelle Knowles, FNP, APRN, explaining the history that lead to the roles that APRNs currently fill. The History of APRNs …

All About Vaping

What is ‘Vaping’? Electronic cigarettes (ecigs) are a modern way of quitting smoking, while still getting the “feel” and nicotine from smoking.  At the moment, there’s still not enough long-term data to determine if vaping helps smokers quit in both the short and long term durations, but many studies are reporting favorable results. The process of using an ecig is often …