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Asthma: Elders’ Symptoms
Key diagnostic components for the elderly include a history of signs and symptoms of asthma as well as the patterns of occurrences and exacerbations. While many of the symptoms exhibited by children can also occur with your elder patient, there are additional considerations to be made when working with this population. Wheezing, cough and dyspnea are exhibited by both groups. What other acute symptoms may be experienced by your older/elder patient?
[Reference:Asthma: Pathophysiology, Module A: Differences, Page 25] www.athenaforum.com

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nodules
Rheumatoid nodules can be found throughout your patient’s body due to traumatic events as well as resulting from the disease process. Surgical removal or steroid injections are possible treatment options. There are six (6) possible complications in experiencing these nodules, including pain, infection and limited joint mobility. Can you identify the three (3) remaining complications?

[Reference: RA, Module B: Complications, page 5]
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National Immunization Awareness Month
In the Headlines . . .
“Web Site Demystifies Lab Tests”
Did you know there is an online website with consumer-friendly information on the meanings of various laboratory tests? The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) offers focused up-to-date, evidence-based information, vetted by representatives from every major lab organization in the country. Offering a popular topic, the website experiences more than a million hits per month. Your patient can even post a specific question and get a response within 24-72 hours. Test it, and see for it yourself!
http://www.labtestsonline.org/


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“Immunization Update 2008”
The CDC has available for your review a special Webcast providing up-to-date information on the rapidly changing field of immunization. Influenza, zoster and new approved vaccines are showcased as well as the latest updates and safety issues. While the live webcast was just completed, you have the opportunity for self-study after the broadcast for up to 4-6 weeks from now. Stay tuned for a DVD edition which will be available in October.
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/
http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtn/immupdate2008/default.asp

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