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Asthma: Warning patients about indoor fungi
Humid environments and homes with dampness can grow and harbor indoor fungi (molds). Homes with this fungal growth in them will contribute to respiratory symptoms in children. Eliminating or arresting the growth of molds is beneficial for all who live in the building. A dehumidifier will help to reduce the amount of dampness that may be found in the house, especially in the basements.
[Reference:Asthma, Complications, Module B: Allergic Asthma, Page 9] www.athenaforum.com

Diabetes: Advising patients on insulin
Insulin provides key physical effects in the body including these processes: inhibits production of glucose from the liver or muscle glucogen; inhibits formation of glucose from noncarbohydrates; enhances fat storage and prevents the mobilization of fat for energy; and stimulates the entry of amino acids into cells, thus enhancing protein synthesis.

[Reference: Diabetes, Module C: Pharmacologics, page 27]
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Plan and Prepare
Dirty Places - Kitchen
Do you follow the ‘6-second’ rule if something you want to eat falls on the floor or countertops? Do you wash it and pop it in your mouth anyway? Surprisingly, our kitchens can be filled with lots of germs including the cold viruses and illness-causing bacteria. This goes for our sinks particularly. Quick Fix: Washing your sinks with a solution of bleach and water once a day and letting the solution run down the sink and drain plug will keep it all clean. Then wash your hands.

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“Vaccines Approved for H1N1 Influenza Virus”
Four vaccines for the use against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The vaccines will be distributed nationally after the initial lots have become available, which is expected to occur within the next four weeks. “The vaccine will help protect individuals from serious illness and death from influenza,” as stated by Margaret A Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs. The three seasonal virus strains in the vaccines that have been available do not protect against the 2009 H1N1 virus. For more patient-friendly information, see-

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