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This series takes advantage of the critical role that nurses play in modern health care and displays the depth of nurses' knowledge on complex health issues. Why nurses? People are generally more comfortable talking to nurses - they don't speak in 'medical terms' and address individuals as equal partners in their care. The nurse practitioner is slowly becoming the first-line in health care - it is believed that in upcoming years nurses will replace doctors as primary care practitioners. According to the annual Gallop poll, nursing is the most trusted profession for seven years running. Nurses are adept at explaining what a patient needs and wants to know to understand their condition and move forward with their lives. Polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder, affecting as many as 1 in 15 women. Often the symptoms begin in the teen years and include weight problems, lack of regular menstruation, and excessive amounts of male hormones. While the causes are unknown, insulin resistance, diabetes, hirsutism and obesity are all strongly correlated with PCOS. "What Nurses Know...P COS", will shed new light on this common condition and its symptoms from a trusted source: nurses. Simply organized and clearly written, this book will give readers the answers they need and want. It features: numerous sidebars and call out boxes with 'Nurses Notes' and 'New Nursing Research Points to...'; definitions of common terms; resources, online tools and specific websites to help those with living with PCOS; and, lists of support groups.