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Women’s Health: CVD
Patient education in monitoring cholesterol blood levels and blood pressure is good for all women and all of your patients. Early detection, greater patient awareness and improved health care compliance will help to keep these levels in the normal range as noted by the National Institute of Health’s guideline [BP=120/80 mm/Hg]. The goal is to moderate the effects of aging on the cardiovascular system. The final outcome: raising your patient’s quality of life.

[Reference:Women’s Health, CVD, Module D: CM Role, Page 9] www.athenaforum.com

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Diagnostics
A complete history and physical, along with at least four (4) of the seven (7) criteria of RA will help to determine the diagnosis. Per the American College of Rheumatology guidelines, the 7 are: 1) morning stiffness, 2) arthritis of 3 or > joint areas, 3) arthritis of hand joints, 4) symmetric arthritis, 5) rheumatoid nodules, 6) serum rheumatoid factor, and 7) radiographic changes.

[Reference: RA, Module D: The Case Manager’s Role, page 9]
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The Top Ten
Wheat germ – It’s not what you think.

At the center of a grain of wheat is the wheat germ. This is the part of the seed that is responsible for the development and growth of the new plant sprout. The germ is a powerhouse of highly concentrated source of nutrients including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc. Additionally, the wheat germ contains protein, fiber and some fat. Sprinkle some on your cereal, add some to your milk shake and store it in the refrigerator for up to 9 months for freshness.

National Radon Action Month
In the Headlines . . .
“Radon and lung cancer?”
A radioactive gas that is released from normal decay of uranium in rocks and soil, radon is invisible, odorless and tasteless gas. It is present in nearly all air – we all breathe radon in every day but usually at very low levels. High levels increase the risk for developing lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Radon related lung cancer causes approximately 15 to 22K deaths per year in the U.S. Check out the Fact Sheet for the National Cancer Institute and see how we all can decrease our exposure to the radioactive particles that can damage lung cells and take correction actions.

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“What’s new at CCMC?”
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has undertaken a fast-tracked initiative to advance the practice of case management and to improve access to knowledge needed by you the practicing case manager. You can see these outcomes as well as other public comments and testimonies if you log on their website today. Additionally, the website offers glossary terms, a reference list and your continuing education credits. Check it all out today and watch for awareness updates coming in 2010.

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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