Science & Nature Medicine Books

Teaching assistants: support in action

Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the skills and attributes that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and contribute to productive teamwork. This OpenLearn course introduces diverse roles and distinctive contributions of teaching assistants.

Asthma: Symptoms and Diagnosis

Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways. Persons susceptible to asthma get symptoms associated with the inflammation. The symptoms usually include an airway constriction of variable degree, which is relieved spontaneously or with treatment. Common symptoms include dyspnoea, wheezing and prolonged cough. The inflammation increases the sensitivity of the airways to many irritants. Auscultation of the lungs, spirometry, bronchodilatation test, peak expiratory flow (PEF) monitoring and chest x-ray are the basic examinations. Other examinations may be performed in uncertain cases or when a more exact classification of the disease is pursued.

The Bipolar Family Cure: How to end the arguing, overspending, lying, anger, manipulation and irresponsibility.

The Bipolar Family Cure: How to end the arguing, overspending, lying, anger, manipulation and irresponsibility. Get your normal life back, get control over your time, and live stress free!

For family members of patients with bipolar disorder or others who support these patients, and who have almost given up on having a normal life because of the suffocating demands of coping and dealing with a loved one with bipolar disorder...

Unlike other books on bipolar disorder that speak to the person with the diagnosis, this book speaks directly to you and the unique problems you face as a supporter. Each chapter is directed to another aspect of the difficulties you deal with on a daily basis, with strategies and solutions you can immediately apply to your own situation.

Wouldn't it be great to stop the fighting, overspending, lying, anger, manipulation, and irresponsibility? Wouldn't you like to get your normal life back, get control over your time, and live stress free? This book helps you do all that and more, with easy-to-understand information, instructions, examples, and case studies.

Over ten years of research has gone into this comprehensive book. Thousands of people have benefited from the strategies and solutions presented, such as:

oAvoid the top 5 mistakes the majority of bipolar supporters make...

oSpecific ways to deal with anger, lying, and manipulation...

oWhat to do when your loved one refuses to take their medication or refuses treatment...

oHow you can gain control over your finances and avoid bankruptcy and other money problems caused by your loved one's overspending...

oWhether or not you can "catch" bipolar disorder from your loved one and how you can get support for yourself, restoring your life to a normal one once again...

oHow to use the Post Episode Analysis to avoid future episodes and further reduce your stress...

oWhat to do when you begin suffering from the inevitable caregiver burnout syndrome...

oHow to distinguish the symptoms of bipolar disorder particular to your loved one so you spot the warning signs of an oncoming episode and head it off in advance...

oThe "Bipolar Stability Equation" and how you can help your loved one use it to reduce their susceptibility to arguing, overspending, lying, anger, manipulation, and irresponsibility...

oSex and your relationship - how to restore intimacy...

An introduction to social work

Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice? This free course, An introduction to social work, begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice.

Increase your Memory: Improve your Memory Power with Become Superhuman (Become Superhuman!!!)

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There's a tradition at Mercy Regional Hospital that the nurses take very seriously. The window blinds are always kept closed for a patient with a good prognosis. But for a patient who's not expected to make it, the blinds are left open so the soul can be set free when the time comes. Hope Wyatt, single mother, aspiring poet and new-to-practice nurse makes the mistake of closing the blinds on a terminally ill patient her first day on the job. Her colleagues quickly let her know what a tremendous foul-up she has made, and aren't in any rush to let her forget about it. When Hope's friend Will ends up in the ICU in a coma, she isn't sure if she should leave the blinds open or closed for him. Already struggling with the hard hand that life has dealt her, Hope tries her best to hold it all together and find some peace in the turmoil around her. Inspired by Saul, the husband of a cancer patient, and Marjorie, a fellow nurse on her unit, Hope adopts a new philosophy about coping with the emotional highs and lows of caregiving. One that gives her the strength to boldly defy the tradition of the blinds, and do what she knows in her heart is right.