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Behavioral Health: GAD
Having Generalized Anxiety Disorder means always anticipating a disaster, and often worrying unnecessarily about health, money, family, or work. Sometimes the source is hard to pinpoint. Unable to relax, these individuals are unable to shake off their concerns, no matter the situation. Physical symptoms can include fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, twitching, sweating and other similar symptoms. It typically runs a fluctuating course and is associated with life stresses and rarely occurs alone.

[Reference:Behavioral Health, Anxiety Disorders, Module B: Overviews, Page 9] www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: HSDD
The distinction between decreased libido and hypoactive sexual desire disorder is called distress. Hypoactive sexual desire disorder is the persistent deficiency of thoughts and desires for/to sexual activity. Even if HSDD is considered and accepted as a bona fide disorder, there are other possible causes for the lack of desire including: medical causes: thyroid disease, nutritional disorders, fatigue; or non-medical causes: tension, medications, or substance abuse.

[Reference: Women’s Health, Module C: Sexuality in Maturity, page 10]
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An Apple a Day….
Apples
are a good source of pectin which as a fiber can lower both your cholesterol as well as glucose levels. With so many choices to pick from, they also are a good source of Vitamin C, which helps you continue to stay well. Almonds are nutritious and are packed with fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, calcium, and vitamin E, a natural antioxidant. Tasty by themselves or added to salads and cereals, these two healthy foods are a perfect snack for those afternoon munchies.

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“Letter from the Commissioner”
A special letter of thanks has been issued by Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs for all Healthcare Providers. Additionally, she includes useful information regarding the 2009 H1N1 vaccine safety and its availability. Questions continue to circulate in our communities about the newest vaccine with its campaign of encouragement but with strings attached. Read through the process of how this influenza vaccine was created to the distribution plans/time tables. Help your patients understand and stay well during this flu season.
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm189691.htm


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“Federal Plans to Monitor H1N1 Vaccination Program”
The Federal Immunization Safety Task Force, led by the HHS, released a detailed report on the federal plans to monitor this vaccine. Their primary intent: to assure that adequate safety data is available in a timely manner. Linking large databases from health insurance plans to state immunization registries are helping to conduct near-real-time surveillance of outcomes for 20 million people. A greater awareness for possible adverse side effects requires a collaborative process to assure safety for those who obtain this vaccine. Ample information on what will be monitored and how this will be conducted is laid out at this website.
http://flu.gov/professional/federal/monitor_immunization_safety.html

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