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Asthma: Environmental Controls
Modifying the quality of indoor air can help to minimize exposure to allergens. Humidifiers, air conditioning, dehumidifiers and other air cleaning devices are options that are outlined and described by the NAEPP Expert Panel Report. Would air duct cleaning help at all?

[Reference:Asthma: Complications, Module B: Allergic & Nonallergic Asthma, Page 13] www.athenaforum.com

Behavioral Health: Criteria for Substance Dependence
Tolerance, withdrawal or even taking larger amounts of substances are some of the possible maladaptive patterns found in those who are termed dependent. Even giving up important social or recreational activities can set up a patient with substance abuse with distress and a significant impairment. What other patterns of substance abuse have been identified that fit substance dependency criteria?
[Reference: Behavioral Health, Module C: Substance Abuse, page 12]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
A Time and Place:
Time management is a hot topic of discussion when working in our fast paced life of today. Defining what we need to do as well as what we want to do can become a quandary of indecisions. Making a list, prioritizing what is on that list, and then checking specific things off as you get them done helps to limit procrastination and to facilitate moving forward. Give it a try today and see what you can do…today!
In the Headlines . . .
“May is Asthma Awareness Month”
Although World Asthma Day has passed (May 6), awareness and action is still needed as we continue to educate our communities about available comprehensive asthma management. Asthma triggers surround us as we are spending up to 90% of our time indoors. Recognizing these potential triggers and attempting to reduce exposure to them will help to lower the advancement of the disease process.

Mental Health Month

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“Coping with Traumatic Events”
Our days are daily peppered with stress-filled events and tragedies that are sure to affect our physical and mental health. Traumatic events, mass violence and terrorism are identified events The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration outlines in providing clearinghouse information. Targeting students, adults, families and responders, ample information, guides, tips and interactive Websites provide direction in managing and preventing stress associated with these threats. Become familiar with this HHS website – it will give you more than you think.

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