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Behavioral Health: Abuse of Alcohol
Available data and clinical experience has suggested that psychosocial interventions can be useful, when adapted for the special needs of patients with substance use disorders. Drug counseling accompanied with psychotherapy specifically has shown to have some benefits. However, controlled studies have shown that treatment must be consistent for how long?

[Reference:Behavioral Health: Substance Abuse, Module C: Alcohol, Page 14] www.athenaforum.com

Colorectal Cancer: Quality of Life
The goal of rehabilitation in helping your patient return to normal activities as soon as possible, is to optimize their Quality of Life (QOL). Assessing your patient and their support system includes: their physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. This is only part of the supportive care your patient with colorectal cancer would be receiving. What other treatments are needed to manage the side effects and toxicities of CRC cancer?
[Reference: CRC, Module C: Treatment Options, QOL page 13]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Case Management: Walk the Talk
Interpersonal conflicts can and do develop where we work. But how we deal with them is another matter. Cooperation and open communication are job requirements that help to resolve them. But the best method for overcoming obstacles of any type is the team method. Your performance review coming up is counting on this from you!

Cataract Awareness Month
In the Headlines . . .
“2008-09 Flu Vaccines Obtain FDA Clearance”
Six (6) influenza vaccines for this season have gained approval from the FDA. These are identical to the recommendations given by the World Health Organization in February 2008 after the previous strains had not provided enough protection for the public. The manufacturers, their Trade Names, and additional information on influenza vaccines in general, are now available on the FDA website.

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“FDA 101: Dietary Supplements”

The FDA has a new safety announcement in their 101 Series for consumers and health care professionals. Dietary supplements are being used by consumers without restraint, but with this action come some risk and possible adverse effects. In this series, the FDA describes how dietary supplements are regulated and offers safety tips for all consumers utilizing these products. Check out the printer-friendly PDF education sheet for your teaching enhancement, and their new format for newsworthy updates.

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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