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GI Disorders: IBD vs IBS
Confusion does exist between understanding and knowing the differences between inflammatory bowel disease from irritable bowel syndrome. Inflammatory bowel disease causes inflammation, ulcers and other damage to the bowel itself. Irritable bowel is less serious but none-the-less reflective of a spastic bowel. IBS’s symptoms may include: bloating, gas, mucus in the stool, constipation, and diarrhea. Diagnostic criteria specific to IBD can help to distinguish between the two bowel disorders.

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

Pain Management: Treatable
Pain is treatable. The goal of chronic pain management treatment is to improve function. Working, attending school, and going about day-to-day activities requires having a number of options for the treatment of pain. Some treatments will be more effective than others. As long as the reached goal will help to optimize the pain control and minimize the adverse effects. Understanding that a pain-free state can not always be reached, costs must always be considered as well.

[Reference: Pain Management, Module D: The Case Manager’s Role, page 14]
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Vibrant Colors means…

Blueberries, Beans, and broccoli are the way to go for fiber and vitamins galore. Red beans more precisely are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin, whether small red or dark red kidney beans. Offering low-fat, low-calorie sources of protein and dietary fiber, they also help prevent chronic diseases such as CV disease and cancer. Add them to your soups, salads, and party dips.

National Family Caregivers Month
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“Nominate a Case Manager”
It’s never too early to begin the process in identifying that ‘special’ case manager who fits the profiles of the Case Manager of the Year (CMOY) or the Award of Service Excellence (AOSE) awards. If you know someone who provides notable contributions and exemplifies the essence of case management, then take a few minutes and submit them for the CMSA National Awards. The nomination forms and explanations are available for you right here. The deadline is February 14, 2009 – Valentines Day. Nominate a special CM today!
Nominate a Case Manager
for CMSA's National Awards



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“Holiday surge…”
Even though the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the present activity of the H1N1 influenza is down, precautions and continued vigilance is still needed in staying well. Traveling during the holidays in the remaining days of the year offers challenges as well. What if your patient/family or even you and your family get sick somewhere else and far from your home and family physician? What can you do? What about traveling out of the country? The CDC’s website has a ‘destinations’ and ‘find a clinic’ resources as well as identifying diseases and illnesses status in other countries. Check this out!
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/

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