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GI Disorders: CM Role
A majority of gastrointestinal maladies that cause people to consult health care professionals are largely preventable or even remediable through health behavioral changes. Recognizing that the prevalence of diverticulitis continues to increase on a steady path where dietary fiber is often lacking, Case Managers can play a pivotal role in educating their patients on the importance of a high fiber diet that prevents the progression into complicated diverticulitis.

[Reference:GI Disorders, Diverticulitis, Module C: CM Role, Page 29] www.athenaforum.com

Multiple Sclerosis: CM Role
Treatments and therapies abound for patients with multiple sclerosis. There are those that are accepted by current medical practice, those that are ‘outside’ of both traditional medical practice but are acceptable and safe, and therapies that are questionable in practice and are unsafe to use or practice. How does your patient know or even make a decision on what is acceptable or safe for them? Your assistance as a case manager will help them make the right and informed decision.

[Reference: MS, Module D: The Case Manager’s Role, page 16]
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Salmon, Spinach, sweet potatoes are packed with flavors that don’t overwhelm taste buds or tasty complementary foods. Spinach provides the deep green vitamins that contain A, B6, and C along with calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, and riboflavin. Boosting your immune systems and keeping your hair and skin healthy all may come from the plant compounds called phytonutrients. A good addition to your salad, it adds a mild taste and an easy way to get your vitamins.

Merry Christmas
In the Headlines . . .
“BEWARE – lead in toys”
The holiday spirit in giving often includes children’s toys and other objects, i.e. toy jewelry, that contain lead, which is a health hazard that continues to be a threat for children of all ages. Exposure to lead can come from many different sources because lead can not be seen and it has no smell. Foreign toy manufacturers often use lead in the paint and the plastics. Bright and shiny colors often are due to the lead in the paint. The CPSC consistently monitors and sets up recalls for toys for easy reference. If exposure is suspected, a simple blood test can confirm the blood lead levels and appropriate interventions. Safety is the goal for all of us, including our children.

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“Serious Gap Revealed….”
The U.S. response to health emergencies has shown serious flaws in the ability to respond to any public emergency. Underfunded public health, stretched budgets and staff, and a ‘response to the moment’ instead of the commitment needed in dealing with preparedness has been shown in a recent report prepared by the Trust for America’s Health & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additional findings can be found in their report along with recommendations of increasing public information efforts and reaching out to those in need. Join us in the focusing on one thing that can make a difference right now.


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