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Web site provide tools for medication use

Free tools and techniques to help home care nurses identify and avoid potential adverse drug events are described on a web site sponsored by the American Association of Health Plans-Health Insurance Association of America in Washington, DC.

The approaches to patient and medication safety included in the web site are applicable to a variety of health care settings, including home care.

Conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and depression are covered.

To visit the web site, go to:

CDC journal focuses upon chronic disease

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a free, peer-reviewed on-line journal on chronic disease.

The inaugural issue contains articles on the these topics:

  • nutrition programs for the elderly;
  • diabetes prevention programs;
  • osteoporosis screenings;
  • surveillance of dementias.

For more information, go to the organization’s web site at To view the journal, click on "Preventing Chronic Disease Journal" under the publications and products heading on the left navigational bar.

Free guide educates Hispanic diabetics

La Opinión, a Spanish-language newspaper, and the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF), have produced a newspaper supplement that serves as a guide for diabetics and their families.

The supplement addresses topics such as:

  • how to detect and treat diabetes;
  • how to work with healthcare providers to manage diabetes;
  • how to use resources to obtain more information or assistance in California.

According to the CHCF, nearly 1.5 million California adults have diabetes, and at least 1.8 million are at risk for the disease.

As the rate of diabetes grows nationally, Latinos have the highest risk for developing diabetes, with Hispanics born in 2000 having about a 50% risk of developing the disease sometime in their life.

The supplement is free and can be obtained by calling (888) 430-2423 or by going on-line to