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Asthma: Health Factors
Exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) is caused by a loss of water, heat, or both from the lungs during exercise because of hyperventilation of air that may be cooler and dryer than that is found in the respiratory tract. Usually occurring minutes after vigorous activity, and resolving in 20-30 minutes after stopping the activity, EIB is often a marker of inadequate asthma management. Regular anti-inflammatory therapy helps to keep this from happening.
[Reference:Athena Forum: Asthma, Module B: Complications, Page 36] www.athenaforum.com

Pain Management: Headaches (HA)
There are two types of headaches – Traction and Inflammatory. Traction HA can occur if the pain-sensitive parts of the head are pulled, stretched or displaced. Inflammatory HA can result from meningitis, diseases of the sinuses, spine, neck, ears and teeth, infections of the ears or teeth or glaucoma. Treating the underlying problem will cure the headache. Headaches also serve as a warning signal of more serious disorders. Proper diagnosis and treatment is the best
[Reference: Athena Forum: PM, Module D: Types of Chronic Pain, Page 58]
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Awareness & Action
How much water do you drink in a day? Just plan old H2O….I bet it’s not near enough of what is expected to keep your bodily systems functioning at their optimum. Water is a requirement of all living organisms. Assuring that the water we need each and every day is available; the CDC has ample guidelines and recommendations that focus just on drinking water. Check out this site to see just what they say about bottled water, as well as the public/private drinking water systems.
In the Headlines . . .
“NPSG - Revisions”
Your comments have been urgently requested by the Joint Commission regarding revising the Medication Reconciliation National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.03.07.01. Safety issues were addressed but the implementation was difficult for the accreditation organizations to use in 2009. Your review and comments are due by April 30, 2010. Areas of applications, including Home Care, LT Care, Behavioral Health and others may be reflective of you practice. Check it out and add your value to this quality and safety directed event. Thank you.

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“CCMC Alert”
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has refreshed their website and is better than ever. Check out the Spring 2010 newsletter with Save the Date, Alerts, and Research Insights. Promoting the value and awareness of our certification, CCMC is also inviting you to read the public comments they have provided to organizations across the U.S. And, they are requesting your participation in a research project on accessing information. You have until April 10th to complete this initiative.

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