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Asthma: Adverse Effects
Low-to-medium doses of inhaled corticosteroids in children, has no significant effects on the incidence of subcapsular cataracts or glaucoma. However, with doses greater than 2000 mg, cumulative lifetime of inhaled corticosteroids may increase slightly the prevalence of cataracts for adult and elderly patients. Other potential adverse effects of asthma medications include hypothalamic pituitary adrenal Axis function and bone mineral density. Close monitoring to assure medicines are appropriate and serve your patients well is always the goal.
[Reference:Asthma: Module C: Pharmacologics, Therapy, Page 18 ] www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: Life Expectancy
During the 1700’s and 1800’s, women often died before menopause, often as a complication of childbirth or an infectious process. The 1900’s bode little medical advancements in preventing women from dying as well. Women today, because of significant medical advances are living 20-30 years into their menopause. Understanding the physiological changes based on endocrinologic origins allows for the application of therapeutic options that predicts a child born today, will live well into her 90’s.
[Reference: Women’s Health: Sexuality, Module C: Maturity, page 1 ]
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Caring 4 U

Eating just enough calories but not too many is the strategy in health eating. The average recommended daily allowance is 2,000 calories depending on your age, sex, height, weight and physical activities. Balancing good carbohydrates, complete proteins, good fats, dietary fibers and vitamins from food requires a bit of review and attention but will be well worth your research and tasty application.

Glaucoma Prevention Month
In the Headlines . . .
“ICE – In case of emergency”
Does your patient have their ICE contact on their cell phone yet? Are you/they aware of the growing and expanding campaign to make sure everyone has listed a contact person or information about themselves, in case of emergency, on their person, or listed in their cell phone directory? Medical personnel have minutes-seconds to respond to life-threatening situations. By contacting the listed emergency contacts, be they family, spouse, children, next-of-kin, or neighbor, the emergent aid will help to speed up the life-saving interventions and perhaps save a life. Check your region/state/local area emergency contacts for further information and don’t forget to list your I.C.E. contact on your cell phone. I did!

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“National Health Interview – 2007 Statistics on CAM Use in the U.S.”
Approximately 38% of adults and 12% of children in the U.S. use some form of complimentary medicine. A nationwide government survey released the latest statistics for 2007 and compares them to results from 2002. For example, the most popular natural products used in 2007 were omega 3/fish oils, glucosamine, echinacea, and flaxseed. Five years earlier they were: echinacea, ginseng, ginkgo, and garlic supplement. Other available figures include: diseases/conditions where CAM is used most frequently, CAM use by adults and children as well as race/ethnicity among adults. Check out the graphics, photos and fact sheets. They tell us some interesting information.

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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