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GI Disorders: Ulcerative Colitis
UC can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other intestinal disorders. Symptoms that are associated with UC are: diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding (virtually 100% of the time), constipation, and fever/chills in the more severe disorder. Patients with UC have rectal inflammation which spreads to varying degrees into the colon.

[Reference:GI, Ulcerative Colitis, Module A: Introduction, Course Introduction Page 1] www.athenaforum.com

Diabetes: Dual Defect
The pancreas does not make enough insulin, which results in a decrease in insulin secratory capacity [called relative insulin deficiency] when combined with muscle tissue receptor site ineffectiveness is called insulin resistance. Since Type 2 DM is a chronic disease, there is a naturally occurring progressive decrease in insulin secratory capacity over the years. Initially and often throughout their lifetime, persons with this form of diabetes do not need insulin treatment to survive.

[Reference: Diabetes, Module A: Therapies, Type 2 DM, page 6]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
The Top Ten
Staying healthy takes work and while trying to keep bugs at bay, remembering to take care of yourself allows you to provide the best for your patients as well as for yourself. While we can make sure to keep our hands, surfaces, and environments clean, there are other areas where infections can roam and attack. Reducing your risk to diseases can be as simple as picking the 10 great health foods to eating well and the best step in eating healthy during these flu-filled days will be identified in the next 10 weeks.

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“Flu Myths and Realities”
Concerns continue to surface in the community conversations regarding the safety of the H1N1 vaccine. Thimerosal, squalene, and adjuvants are terms that are showing up in posed questions in the public health environments as well as in the media’s coverage of the ongoing pandemic. Straight-forward answers and information related to these additives can be found on the government website – FLU.GOV. Detailed Q&A targeting the newest vaccine for the novel influenza virus can be heard and read at: http://www.flu.gov/myths/index.html Stay tuned weekly to this site for any and all updates.

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“NASW Update”
Did you know Athena Forum has renewed the CE Certificates for our professional advancement courses? That means you can access your continuing education units, after passing the exams for these courses, now. NASW CEs are available for Asthma, Behavioral Health, Colorectal Cancer, Cardiovascular Risk, COPD, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis. Future CE certificates will be available soon and includes: Pain Management, GI Disorders, and other courses now in development. Check it out today.

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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