Identifies essential fatty acids and their metabolites, including eicosanoids, and the beneficial role fatty acids play in maintaining health. Describes clinical implications of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and issues surrounding supplementation with these compounds. Discusses possible clinical benefits of supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids for various conditions, including neurologic, cardiovascular and immunologic pathology. Identifies issues related to mercury contamination of food sources, including fish and other seafood, and proper dietary recommendations for various categories of patients, including pregnant women, patients with essential fatty acid deficiencies, and patients with neurologic concerns.
Explains the diagnosis and newest treatments for skin conditions and skin allergies. Describes new laser treatments for wrinkles and other skin conditions. Lists the most effective preventive and treatment methods for skin cancer. Identifies coping strategies for patients with psychosocial issues caused by chronic skin conditions. Identifies future trends in medical and cosmetic skin treatments.
This home-study course outlines the various factors that make foods palatable. It provides evidence that the "hyperpalatability" of our current food supply is undermining our normal satiety signals, motivating the drive to eat even when there is no physiologic need for food. This course presents evidence that repeated exposure to high quantities of palatable foods (i.e., those high in sugar, fat and salt) can alter the brain in ways similar to drugs of abuse, essentially "rewiring" the brain to promote compulsive eating and loss of control over food.
States the CDC’s, and the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendations for daily physical activity for adults, children, and adolescents. Describes the health benefits of walking. Explains how walking can reduce the risk of various diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, and dementia. Describes how walking can benefit children, adults, pregnant women, and the elderly. Identifies the physical, occupational, and other therapeutic benefits of walking. Outlines how to start and maintain a walking program.
Identifies the benefits of regular exercise and fitness at all stages of life. Describes the current physical activity guidelines for healthy American adults, focusing on those specifically applicable to women. Explains the components of a good physical activity program and why each one is important for a woman’s health. Describes the fitness requirements for women during pregnancy and after menopause.
Describes the difference between chronic and acute pain. Identifies the symptoms of and treatments for chronic pain conditions affecting women. Discusses the role of home remedies, relaxation techniques, and other non-drug therapies for treating chronic pain. Explains the psychosocial aspects of treating chronic pain. Describes how to manage use of pain medications, including opioids, to ensure patient safety.
Identifies the most prevalent forms of depression. Identifies the symptoms of depression and mania. Identifies the differences in presentation across age groups and sexes. Compares the theories of depression. Evaluates depression treatment modalities.
Discusses the physiology of sleep. Characterizes healthy sleep patterns. Identifies the different types of insomnia. Discusses women’s sleep problems across their life cycle. Identify treatments for insomnia including optimal sleep hygiene, behavioral methods, and pharmaceuticals.