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COPD: Pharmacologic Agents
Drug Interactions and precautions are noteworthy when combining short-acting Beta˛-agonists and anticholinergic medications. Side effects like chest pain, dyspnea and swelling are rare but still require medical attention. What is the rationale for combining these two categories of drugs?

[Reference:COPD: Pharmacologics, Module C: Bronchodilators, Page 17] www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: Hormone Therapy
Continued discussions on the significance and outcomes of the Women’s Health Initiative study remain today. Many questions remain unanswered as noted on this page but with further research and in depth discussions an understanding may be noted in the immediate future. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/whi/

[Reference: Women’s Health: Module A: Perimenopausal Years, page 7]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Case Managers:
You are the Best – Pass it on!

You are the lifeline-the conduit between services and people. Trusted as the most honest and ethical health care worker – nurses continue to rate at the top. That is something to be proud of and worthy of recognition. But, there is always room for improvement in our continued quest to protect, preserve, and enhance our varied but passionate vocations. There are numerous ways to do that – we will look at some of these options and again, I challenge you to seriously get involved. It will assure that we stay at the top. www.discovernursing.com/
In the Headlines . . .
“ACOG Releases New Recommendations on Management of Asthma Pregnancy”
The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists released their new standards for the treatment of asthma during pregnancy, to ensure that adequate oxygen levels are maintained for the developing fetus. Their recommendations include adjusting the type and amount of certain medications to the severity and frequency of the attacks. See other goals and education points for application for your patients at: http://www.acog.org/from_home/publication

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“One Billion Could Die from Tobacco by 2100”
A recently released report by the World Health Organization predicts tobacco could kill one billion people worldwide this century without government interventions. WHO asks all involved countries to adopt new guidelines including: tobacco control policies to prevent smoking and to help smokers to kick their habit. See the WHO website for further information on tobacco use and control.

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