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Sample collected without an anticoagulant grading the movement of 2 replicates of 200 sperm D order 120 mg arcoxia otc lyme arthritis definition. It is normal when ≥ 32% show Body fluids/Apply knowledge to recognize sources of progressive movement or when ≥ 40% show error/Seminal fluid/2 progressive and nonprogressive movement buy arcoxia 120 mg amex arthritis pain toe joint. The patient should abstain from ejaculation for at least 2 days but no more than 7 days prior to submitting the sample cheap 120 mg arcoxia overnight delivery does arthritis pain get better. The sample should be collected at the testing site in a sterile jar with a wide opening, and stored at room temperature. Motility should be determined as soon as the fluid has liquefied (maximum storage time is 1 hour). Anticoagulants are not used; if the sample fails to liquefy, it can be treated with chymotrypsin before analysis. This is Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to recognize multiplied by the sperm concentration to give the health and disease states/Seminal fluid/2 absolute count per mL. Pernicious anemia duodenal ulcers, which are associated with discomfort, Body fluids/Gastric/Correlate clinical and laboratory hyperacidity, and bleeding. Cancer of the stomach associated with increased gastric fluid volume but Body fluids/Correlate clinical and laboratory data/ not hyperacidity. Pernicious anemia is associated with Gastric function/2 gastric hypoacidity, and not ulcers. Secretion is controlled by negative feedback causing levels to be high in conditions associated with achlorhydria such as atrophic gastritis. Zollinger–Ellison syndrome results from a gastrin-secreting tumor, gastrinoma, usually originating in the pancreas. It is characterized by very high levels of plasma gastrin and excessive gastric acidity. In duodenal ulcers, increased gastric acidity occurs, but fasting plasma gastrin levels are normal. In stomach cancer, gastric volume is increased but acidity is not, and plasma gastrin levels are variable. A Plasma gastrin levels greater than 1,000 pg/mL are usually diagnostic of Zollinger–Ellison Body fluids/Correlate clinical and laboratory data/ syndrome. Smaller elevations can occur in other Pancreatic function/2 types of hyperacidity, including gastric ulcers, in renal disease, and after vagotomy. Zollinger–Ellison syndrome can be differentiated from the others by the secretin stimulation test. In Zollinger–Ellison syndrome, at least one specimen should show an increase of 200 pg/mL above the baseline for gastrin. It may be measured to diagnose intestinal malabsorption, or used along with tests of other gastric regulatory peptides to evaluate dysfunction. Urinary trypsinogen is increased in acute pancreatitis, while fecal trypsin and chymotrypsin are decreased in cystic fibrosis due to pancreatic duct obstruction. B The xylose absorption test differentiates pancreatic insufficiency from malabsorption syndrome (both cause deficient fat absorption). Which of the following is commonly associated Answers to Questions 29–30 with occult blood? However, the test is nonspecific and contamination with Body fluids/Correlate clinical and laboratory data/ vaginal blood is a frequent source of error. Which test is most sensitive in detecting persons and children with pancreatic insufficiency as a with chronic pancreatitis? Perform a turbidimetric protein test and report Select the most appropriate course of action. Request a new specimen with microscopic results Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to recognize B. Report biochemical results only; request a new problems/Urinalysis/3 sample for the microscopic examination C. C Highly buffered alkaline urine may cause a contaminated in vitro false-positive dry reagent strip protein test by B. C A positive nitrite requires infection with a Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to recognize nitrate-reducing organism, dietary nitrate, and inconsistent results/Urinalysis/3 incubation of urine in the bladder. When volume is below 12 mL, the sample should be diluted with saline to 12 mL before concentrating. Results are multiplied by the dilution (12 mL/mL urine) to give the correct range. Perform a quantitative urine glucose; report as control trace if greater than 100 mg/dL C. Request a new urine specimen ketone result Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to determine D. Request a new sample and repeat the urinalysis possible inconsistent results/Glucose/3 Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to recognize problems/Urinalysis/3 Answers to Questions 4–7 5. The trace ketone does not require Other findings: confirmation, provided that the quality control Color: Amber Transparency: Microscopic: Crystals of the reagent strips is acceptable. Perform a tablet test for bilirubin before dry reagent test and will confirm the presence of reporting bilirubin. Reduced possible inconsistent results/Urinalysis/3 renal blood flow causes increased urea reabsorption 6. A The urine glucose is determined by the blood All other results are normal and all tests are in glucose at the time the urine is formed. Report these results Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to recognize problems/Renal function/3 6. Urinalysis results from a 35-year-old woman are: patient gives positive tests for blood and protein. Support the finding of an extravascular transfusion reaction Select the most appropriate course of action. Recheck the blood reaction; if negative, look for transfusion reaction budding yeast D. Request a list of medications Body fluids/Correlate clinical and laboratory data/ Urinalysis/3 Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to recognize sources of error/Urinalysis/3 9. D The plasma free hemoglobin will be increased Body fluids/Select routine laboratory procedures to immediately after a hemolytic transfusion reaction, verify test results/Transfusion reaction/3 and the haptoglobin will be decreased. Given the following urinalysis results, select the hemoglobin will be eliminated by the kidneys, but most appropriate course of action: the haptoglobin will remain low or undetectable for 2–3 days. Call for a list of medications administered to the urine points to a patient with insulin-dependent patient diabetes. Perform a quantitative urinary albumin tolbutamide (Orinase) has been administered. Perform a test for microalbuminuria Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to determine 11. A A nonhemolyzed trace may have been overlooked possible inconsistent results/Urinalysis/3 and the blood test should be repeated.

Red cells stain very pale pink or not at all and hyaline casts stain faintly pink order 90 mg arcoxia with mastercard arthritis treatment medicines. Insufficient volume is causing microscopic results unless corrective action is taken buy arcoxia 60mg overnight delivery arthritis relief products. The specimen to be underestimated should be diluted with normal saline to 12 mL order 120 mg arcoxia visa arthritis pain in dogs, then D. Sediment should be prepared according to the established Body fluids/Apply knowledge to identify sources of procedure and the results multiplied by the dilution error/Urinalysis/3 factor (in this case, 12 ÷ 5, or 2. B Caudate cells are transitional epithelium that have a epithelial cells in the urinary system is correct? Caudate epithelial cells originate from the upper bladder and the pelvis of the kidney. Transitional cells originate from the upper and the ureters as well as the urinary bladder and urethra, ureters, bladder, or renal pelvis renal pelvis. Cells from the proximal renal tubule are usually polyhedral, or oval, depending upon the portion of round in shape the tubule from which they originate. Squamous epithelium line the vagina, urethra, proximal tubule are columnar and have a distinctive and wall of the urinary bladder brush border. Squamous epithelia line the vagina Body fluids/Apply knowledge of fundamental biological and lower third of the urethra. Which of the statements regarding examination and can be confused in unstained sediment. Renal cells can be differentiated reliably from sheets of transitional and squamous cells. Large numbers of transitional cells are often seen derived from the urinary bladder. Neoplastic cells from the bladder are not found they should be referred to a pathologist for in urinary sediment cytological examination. Which of the following statements regarding cells Answers to Questions 7–11 found in urinary sediment is true? Transitional cells are considered a an eccentric round nucleus normal component of the sediment unless present C. Clumps of bacteria are frequently mistaken for significant when seen conclusively in the sediment. Conclusive Body fluids/Apply knowledge of fundamental biological identification requires staining. Trichomonas vaginalis characteristics/Urine sediment/2 displays an indistinct nucleus and two pairs of 8. Renal tubular epithelial cells are shed into the when passing through the glomerulus, often urine in largest numbers in which condition? Oval fat bodies are often seen in: approximately 150 × 60 μm and are nonoperculated. B Oval fat bodies are degenerated renal tubular epithelia that have reabsorbed cholesterol from the Body fluids/Correlate clinical and laboratory data/ filtrate. Although they can occur in any inflammatory Urine sediment/2 disease of the tubules, they are commonly seen in the nephrotic syndrome, which is characterized by marked proteinuria and hyperlipidemia. All of the following statements regarding urinary Answers to Questions 12–17 casts are true except: A. C Proteinuria accompanies cylindruria because protein jogging or exercise is the principle component of casts. An occasional granular cast may be seen in a exercise, hyaline casts may be present in the normal sediment sediment in significant numbers but will disappear C. Hyaline casts will dissolve readily in alkaline urine solute concentration, slow movement of filtrate, and Body fluids/Apply knowledge to recognize sources of reduced filtrate formation. The appearance of a error/Urine casts/2 cast is dependent upon the location and time spent in the tubule, as well as the chemical and cellular 13. Reduced filtrate formation cells, immunoglobulins, light chains, cellular proteins, D. C Pseudocasts are formed by amorphous urates that characteristics/Urine casts/2 may deposit in uniform cylindrical shapes as the 14. Granular casts may form by Body fluids/Apply knowledge of fundamental biological degeneration of cellular casts, but some show no characteristics/Urine casts/1 evidence of cellular origin. Hyaline casts may also be increased in Body fluids/Apply knowledge to identify sources of patients taking certain drugs such as diuretics. Broad error/Urine casts/2 casts form in dilated or distal tubules and indicate 16. Which of the following statements regarding severe tubular obstruction seen in chronic renal failure. Fine granular casts are more significant than tubules and signal end-stage renal failure. Cylindroids coarse granular casts are casts with tails and have no special clinical B. Broad casts are associated with severe renal hematuria from ruptured vessels, but not casts. Body fluids/Apply knowledge of fundamental biological Sediment in chronic glomerulonephritis is variable, characteristics/Urine casts/2 but usually exhibits moderate to severe intermittent hematuria. Lower urinary tract obstruction Body fluids/Correlate clinical and laboratory data/ Urine sediment/2 346 Chapter 6 | Urinalysis and Body Fluids 18. Both waxy and broad casts Body fluids/Apply knowledge of fundamental biological form in chronic renal failure when there is severe characteristics/Urine casts/2 stasis, and they are associated with a poor prognosis. Small yellow-brown granular crystals at an are normal with the exception of a positive blood acid pH may be uric acid, bilirubin, or hemosiderin. Prussian blue stain hemosiderin include transfusion reaction, hemolytic Body fluids/Select course of action/Urine sediment/3 anemia, and pernicious anemia. C Epithelial casts are rarely seen but indicate a disease following is considered an abnormal finding? Acidify a 12-mL aliquot with three drops of glacial acetic acid and heat to 56°C for 5 minutes before centrifuging D. How can hexagonal uric acid crystals be Answers to Questions 23–28 distinguished from cystine crystals? B Flat six-sided uric acid crystals may be mistaken for acid is soluble cystine crystals. Cystine crystals are colorless, while uric reduction with sodium cyanide acid crystals are pigmented (yellow, reddish brown). Cystine crystals are more highly pigmented Cystine transmits polarized light and is soluble in D. Te presence of tyrosine and leucine crystals inborn error of tyrosine metabolism caused by a together in a urine sediment usually indicates: deficiency of fumarylacetoacetate hydrolase, A. Body fluids/Correlate clinical and laboratory data/ Tyrosine usually forms fine brown or yellow Urine crystals/2 needles, and leucine forms yellow spheres with 25. Cholesterol and cholesterol crystals in nephrotic syndrome, Body fluids/Evaluate laboratory data to recognize diabetes mellitus, and hypercholesterolemia.

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Other interviewees relied on prompting from social supports to remind them to take their medication arcoxia 120 mg without prescription arthritis in facet joints in back. In the following extract 120mg arcoxia overnight delivery degenerative arthritis in your neck, Brodie attributes his past non-adherence to forgetting doses: Brodie buy 120 mg arcoxia with visa castiva arthritis pain relief lotion warming, 21/08/2008 B: I’ve never stopped my medication. B: I forgot or I’d been too busy doing things then I’d see I didn’t take my last one; should I take it now? Above, Brodie initially denies past non-adherence (“I’ve never stopped my medication”), then acknowledges that he “missed a few” doses of his medication when he “first started taking” it. He attributes his non- adherence during this period to forgetfulness and being “busy doing things”. Indeed, most interviewees who reported unintentional non-adherence indicated that it occurred more frequently in the early stages of their illness, when they were newly diagnosed. Brodie elaborates that he was then faced with the dilemma of deciding whether or not to take his skipped dosage when the following dosage was due. In the following extract, Ryan also constructs forgetfulness, amongst other factors, as a possible “obstacle” to adherence: Ryan, 26/09/2008 R: Um, obstacles to taking medication. Uh, I guess some people might take a lot of different medications so um, uh, at different times of the day, so I 142 guess they have to be uh, more disciplined to take it when they’ve got to take it, maybe three or four times a day for some people, um, forgetting to take it or not having the medication all the time. L: As in it might be inconvenient, like they might be out and not have their medication? R: But um personally as far as I’m concerned, if I go away on a short holiday, the first thing I think about is my medication because you’ve gotta take it. Ryan specifies that forgetfulness may be a particularly pertinent issue for consumers on complicated medication regimens (“I guess some people might take a lot of different medications…I guess they have to be uh, more disciplined to take it when they’ve got to take it”). Ryan highlights the difficulties of having to take medication at “different times of the day”, “maybe three or four times a day”. He states that consumers could forget to take their medication, or may not have it with them throughout the day, thereby leading to non-adherence. Indeed, in some of the extracts that follow, consumers talk about the inconvenience of having to consider their medication schedule in their day-to-day plans. However, Ryan states that medication is at the forefront of his mind when he considers holidaying, which he constructs as a necessity (“because you’ve gotta take it”). Interviewees indicated that the process of integrating medication-taking into their routines took time, thus, possibly accounting for increased forgetfulness 143 during earlier stages of the illness. Some interviewees also talked about disruptions to routines caused by changing medications. In the following extracts, Ross and Amy liken taking medication to daily routines including sleeping, eating and working: Ross, 14/08/2008 L: Yep. Um, yeah being a daily thing, um, uh I’ve been taking so many for so long, it’s just a uh, normal routine you do. It’s [medication] as important as food shopping or going to work, but I’m going to a doctor’s appointment. You’ve really gotta look at, I think the patient, to be successful in their recovery and rehabilitation has to look at it, not as I’m sick and useless and hopeless but as, oh ok, this is just one extra thing I have to do, you know, just like I go to the shops or whatever, just like I catch the bus to work or if I’m not well enough to work it’s just like going to play tennis with my friends. When asked about potential obstacles to adherence, Ross highlights the importance of forming a habit of taking medication daily (“make a routine of taking them on a daily basis”). Similarly, Amy states that in order 144 for consumers “to be successful in their recovery and rehabilitation”, they should view medication taking as “one extra thing” to incorporate into their day. Ross could be seen to imply that when consumers are first prescribed their medication and, thus, are not in the habit of taking medication, this can represent an obstacle to adherence. He elaborates that because he has been “taking so many” medications “for so long”, taking medication has become a “normal routine you do”. It could be logically extended that adherence may become easier with time for some consumers. Ross and Amy both deploy similes in their talk, likening medication to other daily routines such as, “getting out of bed”, “having breakfast”, going “to the shops”, “catch[ing] the bus to work” and “going to play tennis”, which function to normalize medication taking. Indeed, normalization and minimization of medication taking could reflect consumers’ acceptance of the need for medication and integration of medication into their daily lives. In the next extract, Bill, who was previously on a different medication, attributes missing doses to changing his medication routine when he was prescribed a different medication: Bill, 13/02/2009 L: So you’ve mentioned that sometimes-, did you just forget to take a pill? A self-described “creature of habit”, Bill attributes changes in “pattern” or “routine” of his medication schedule to his past non-adherence and could be seen to imply that an absence of consistent routine could represent a future barrier to adherence for him (“otherwise I might not take it”). In the next extract, Margaret could be seen to highlight how changes in consumers’ typical routine, such as holidaying, can interfere with their adherence: Margaret, 04/02/2009 L: What about in terms of your lifestyle and that sort of thing? M: Uh, it’s a bit of a hassle getting all me medication before like the holidays, making sure I had all my medications to last the two weeks while the doctor is away. Margaret states that she has “always managed to work [medication] in” to her lifestyle, thus minimizing the impact of taking medication on her life. She then acknowledges the “hassle” of having to arrange to have sufficient medication to take away on “holidays” and additionally having to take into consideration her doctor’s schedule (“making sure I had all my medications…while the doctor is away”). Whilst she does not report 146 personal non-adherence as a result of such “practical things”, she constructs them as potential barriers to adherence for other consumers (“I could see how for some people they may not take it because of that”). Various studies have shown that adherence is positively influenced when a patient has a relative, carer or friend prepared to supervise medication, including studies of family-based interventions (Falloon et al. Some studies have also indicated that adherence is negatively influenced by social isolation, living alone, social deprivation and lack of employment (Barnes et al. In the following extracts, interviewees talk about how friends, housemates, partners, family members and case workers have reminded them to take their medication, thus, enabling interviewees to overcome unintentional non- adherence, or have assisted with adherence by motivating them or providing constructive advice. In the following extracts, Anna and Steve talk about how co-residents, who also take medications, help them to overcome difficulties remembering to take their medication: Anna, 18/02/2009 L: What are some of the barriers to adherence? A: Well like I said, I try to take them the same time every day, my medication and well the other person in the house takes medication as well. Friends that live with me, they help me, like they remind me as well, have you taken your tablet? Anna represents “remembering” to take medication as a key influence on adherence, whereas Steve denies difficulties remembering to take his medication. When asked about strategies to overcome difficulties related to remembering to take medication, Anna posits that in addition to taking her medication at “the same time every day”, which could be seen to reflect an attempt to establish a routine of medication taking, “the other person in the house” who also takes medication, has a similar routine (“we virtually have them around the same time”). According to Anna, her co-resident will prompt her to take her medication when she is home (“she’ll be, oh shit, tablets”). Steve also states that his “friends”, with whom he co-resides, “help” and “remind” him to take his medication. Consistent with this, in the next extract, Rachel indicates that her daughter reminds her to take her medication: Rachel, 25/02/2009 R: It’s part of my routine now, you know. Eight thirty, nine o’clock in the morning, 148 eight o’clock in the morning, medication. She says to me every night when she goes to bed, don’t forget to take your tablets, Mummy. Rachel starts off by highlighting how taking medication has become “part of [her] routine” and could be seen to imply that it has become an automatic process for her (“It’s just a done thing”). She then continues to explain how her daughter asks her whether she has taken her medication before school (“Have you taken your medication? According to Rachel, in addition to reminding her to remember to take her medication, her daughter points out the negative consequences associated with non- adherence (“You don’t wanna get sick because then you won’t be able to look after me”).

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These heart parasites may not cause any pains, yet disturb the rhythm or the pulse of the heart and cause it to enlarge. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium hiding out in far away places like pockets left under teeth when they were extracted or along root canals. Once the mouth source is cleaned up, the bacteria do not come back to the heart (after one last zapping). Weather changes, namely temperature changes make pipes expand or shrink—leaving cracks! De- livering poisonous house gas to our homes in pipes that are not fail-safe is an archaic practice. And read the sec- tions in this book on pulse (page 289) and brain problems (page 278) very closely for more things to check. This strength is nec- essary to push the blood into the farthest “corners” of the body, especially the hands and feet, and warm them up! Blood thinning drugs to improve circulation are dangerous—use only if the doctor insists. Heart/Kidney Relationship A strong heart is necessary, too, to push the blood through the kidneys. It takes pressure, namely strength, to push the blood through them so wastes and extra water can be let down the kidney tube. Think of the kidneys as a colander full of tiny holes of various sizes that let certain things through them but not bigger things. These holes are constantly being adjusted by the adrenals which sit right on top of the kidneys and “supervise”. If the elderly person is not producing four cups of urine in a day (24 hours), it is not enough. Use the kidney herb recipe—but only half a dose (so it will take six weeks instead of three to see good effects). As the tiny “colander” holes open up there is freer flow and many more trips to the bathroom result. Now that water and wastes (urea and uric acid and other acids) can leave the body quickly through more holes, it takes less pressure from the heart to get blood pushed through the kidneys. If too much is drunk at once, especially on the first day, a stomach ache can develop and a pressure felt in the bladder that is most uncomfortable. Go extra slow on the first few days, even though you find it quite tasty, so there is no discomfort (only lots of bathroom visits). Keep track of this twice a day with a modern electronic finger device (not an arm cuff that itself can break blood vessels). Cut down on drug diuretics gradually, using only ¾ dose the first day, then ½ dose, then ¼ dose. The amount of urine produced or the weight of the person can be used to assess how effective your method is. Again, mood will improve dramatically when diuretic drugs are removed for your loved one. With a parasite and pollution-free heart and a low-resistance, freely flowing kidney, some reserve strength will soon be built up. Your loved one is walking better, needing less sleep, and a “golden age” finally arrives. It is free of pain, free of medicine, free of shots and doctor visits, free of dementia, free of the dreadful weakness that demands so much help. Seeing themselves gain strength and be able to do more for themselves gives the elderly a sense of pride. When they balk at having to take herbs or vegetable juice, remind them of the days they were on a handful of pills and still had heart fail- ure, pain and kidney disease. A shawl, a lap-blanket, woolen sweater, long underwear and fleecy thermal outerwear help a lot. It is much healthier to be warmly dressed and breathe cool air than to be lightly dressed in an 80°F room. Keep your elderly person warmly dressed, away from air conditioner or fan drafts, but keep it cool. Being comfortable, knowing you are there to care for them, brings out the best in your elderly person. This can be very rewarding if they are still able to communicate and distill their life experience into wisdom for you. If you can listen and be interested in their dis- tillations or their ramblings their longing for relationship will be fulfilled. Hearing Loss The hearing deficit in an elderly person is always much greater than they or you realize. The results of a hearing test, as it is told by a salesperson, is much more persuasive than you can be. Let the salesperson use his or her special talents to sell your loved one on hearing aids. Clogged hearing aids are the most troublesome feature of any of them—and never mentioned! Make it a rule to buy your batteries at the same hearing aid office where they are cleaned free of charge. Hearing loss is too subtle to leave to chance; have the hearing aids cleaned each time you buy fresh batteries (about three months). Take your loved one to a nurse for ear cleaning every six months after hearing aids are begun. 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