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Colorectal Cancer : Crohn’s Disease
Any person with an inflammation of the colon for many years, and who is diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, faces an increased risk for developing Colorectal Cancer (CRC). Case managers can learn more in Athena Forum’s courses on CRC and GI Disorders.

[Reference:CRC, Epidemiology, Module A: Pathophysiology, page 9] www.athenaforum.com

Multiple Sclerosis: Medications
The medical profession has finally acknowledged that people with multiple sclerosis do indeed experience pain, and that medications are available to help their patients. Dilantin, Neurotin, Elavil, and Pamelor are used for the treatment of dyesthesias-type and parasthesias-types of pain. Tegretal targets the trigeminal neuralgia type of pain. Bladder dysfunction and pain can be controlled with Tofranil, while Klonopin can be used for tremors, spasticitynuli, and pain.
[Reference: MS, Module C: Management, Pain, page 9]
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The Top Ten
Vibrant Colors means….
beans and broccoli to name a few of the healthy foods that are so good for you. Blueberries are a low-calorie source of fiber and Vitamin C [1 cup = 84 calories, 3.6 grams of fiber and 14 mg of Vit C]. They are a rich source of plant compounds called phytonutrients, and like cranberries, they may prevent urinary tract infections. Further research shows that they also improve short term memory and promote healthy aging. Add them to your cereal for a colorful and healthy breakfast.

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In the Headlines . . .
“People with diabetes at risk for complications with H1N1”
With November designated as the Diabetes Awareness month, ample caution and instructions are available for those people who have diabetes. Staying healthy despite this exposure takes knowledge, understanding and application of interventions that can minimize or eliminate risks including making sure to have a good control of blood sugars. Additionally, obtaining the flu vaccines, maintaining proper handwashing, and creating and following a plan if sickness does occur are all steps for preventing complications especially with the novel H1N1 influenza. The CDC has specific resources for referencing at this site:

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“Cold-Seasonal flu-H1N1”
As the novel swine flu spreads through American communities, this fall and winter seasons also bring other illnesses that may mask this H1N1 influenza. Can you tell the difference in the symptoms of the common cold, the seasonal flu, or even the H1N1 flu now that it has made a sweep of the nation? The Federal Citizen Information Center provides a simple comparison of these three illnesses with tips for prevention, traveling, and other associated resources. Check it out and reference your patients to this resourceful website.

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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