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Colorectal Cancer: Staging Tools & Evaluation
Poor prognosis indicators for colorectal cancer include both bowel perforation and obstruction. Elevated CEA levels as well as lymph node involvement contribute to the overall evaluation for staging the cancer. What three characteristics form the basis for all staging systems developed for this disease?

[Reference:CRC: Symptoms & Management, Module B: Introduction, Page 10] www.athenaforum.com

Diabetes: TZDs and Biguanides
Metformin (Glucophage) is an agent that is used only in type 2 diabetes with other co-morbidities. Therapeutic doses are titrated from the usual standard dose of 500-800 mg everyday or 500 bid. Maximum daily doses are 2,550 mg/daily (850 mg tid). What happens when metformin therapy approaches this maximum dose?

[Reference: Diabetes: Module C: Pharmacologic Agents, page 14]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
BE WELL Case Managers!
Energize Your Life –If physical activity is on your list, be aware there are ‘fun’ things to do that have lots of benefits that follow what you do. Physical fitness applies to everyone from children [BAM!] to tweens [VERB™] to specialty programs for girls and older Adults. Check out the CDC’s 5-minute audio podcast that shows you how to incorporate physical activity into your busy life.
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“Find the Balance in Orlando!”
CMSA – Case Management Society of America is hosting their next national conference and expo in Florida. Check out the short video-presentation that engages case management goes beyond all your expectations. Registration is now available with a $100.00 discount by January 31st.

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“BAM! Body and Mind”
Did you know that our government has a special website just for kids? BAM! Is one of their selected educational sites that address fitness, disease and peer pressure. Interactive in format, this website serves Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and educators. Kids.gov is the official Kids Portal for the US Government. See the new links on Girl’s Self-esteem, Geography Games and other resourceful features.

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