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Crohn’s Disease: Surgical Interventions Two-thirds to three-quarters of patients with Crohn’s Disease will require surgery at some point in their lives. Surgery becomes necessary when medications can no longer control symptoms. Circumstances necessitating surgery include: relieving symptoms that do not respond to medical therapy, intestinal blockage, perforation, abscess and hemorrhaging. Athena Forum: Improving Outcomes in GI Disorders, Module B, page 31. www.athenaforum.com

RA: Review Pericarditis Rheumatoid Arthritis brings pain, discomfort, limitations in movement and a potential for some cardiac complications. Visit Athena Forum’s course on RA, Module B to review the clinical manifestation of Pericarditis in RA.
Athena Forum: Improving Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis Care, Module B
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
USDA.gov: On June 15, 2010 the USDA released the report submitted by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. This committee reviews the nutritional guidelines, evaluates current recommendations and examines clinical evidence to put forth a findings report that frequently changes the nutritional guidance for the country. This June’s report contains many summations, one in particular that was highlighted in the news concerned sodium intake.
In the Headlines . . .
Due to the growing population of persons with Diabetes II; Hypertension; Cardiovascular disease and the aging population, daily sodium intake received critical review. The recommendations are that adults reduce their daily sodium intake to 1500 mg per day. In April the Institute of Medicine reported that sodium reduction could result in 100,000 less deaths annually. The report fully supports similar information published by the IOM and mentioned in the Monday Memo on May 24, 2010.
This will be a challenge for many who consume ready-made products and fast food. As restaurants and food producers are increasingly aware of the market’s interest in nutrition, labeling that includes sodium content will become more evident.
Look for other important recommendations in upcoming Monday Memos.

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Jefferson School of Population Health
June 16 Online Open House
NEW Online Master’s Degree in Chronic Care Management
This virtual Open House — available to anyone with access to a computer and a high-speed internet connection — will present information on JSPH’s online Masters and Certificate programs in Health Policy; Healthcare Quality and Safety, and Chronic Care Management.

Jefferson’s online degree and certificate programs offer flexibility, convenience, and the same high quality as our on-site programs. Online courses provide the flexibility to work around your busy schedule and at your own pace — participating from anywhere that offers access to the internet. RSVP or info April Smith at 215-503-5305 or april.smith@jefferson.edu.

For more information about Jefferson’s MS-CCM program, visit www.jefferson.edu/population_health/

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Cathy Wright Cathy Wright, BSN, RN
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