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West Nile Virus Spreading in the Northeast

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New York is under siege. In the past few months, the New York City Department of Health has been developing battle plans to prevent the reemergence of the West Nile virus (WNV), whose most serious manifestation is a fatal encephalitis in humans, horses and certain domestic and wild birds. Previously unheard of in the United States, WNV struck the New York area in August 1999 resulting in 62 ...

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Pneumonia Protection

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Pneumonia Protection Page 13 Pneumonia Protection New Guidelines Issued for Children and Adults By Margaret A. Varnell, BA, RN, RRT Pneumococcal diseases are responsible for some 50,000 cases of bacteremia, 3,000 cases of meningitis, 175,000 hospitalizations for pneumonia and 7 million cases of otitis media in the United States each year. The good news is that there is a vaccine available. The ...

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Surviving Self-Employment

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Surviving Self-Employment Page 10 Surviving Self-Employment Managing a Business Takes Motivation, Research and Perseverance By Margaret A. Varnell, BA, RN, RRT Starting a small business is an integral part of the American Dream. It is also a part of our professional legacy as RCPs. Forty years ago, if some oxygen technician pushing a cylinder around hadn't thought of piping in oxygen, or how to ...

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Sticker Shock

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Sticker Shock Page 12 STICKER SHOCK Experts Say Hepatitis C, Not HIV, Is Biggest Needlestick Risk By Margaret Varnell, BA, RN, RRT Hepatitis C is a greater threat to health care workers experiencing accidental needle sticks than is HIV," said Robert Ball, MD, MPH, an infectious disease consultant and epidemiologist with the South Carolina Department of Health. "Health care workers are 20 to 40 ...

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Many Adults Are Trapped in the Sandwich Generation

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Many Adults Are Trapped in the Sandwich Generation Page 12 Many Adults Are Trapped in the Sandwich Generation By Margaret Varnell, BA, RN, RRT Are you a member of the Sandwich Generation? No, the sandwich group is not an offshoot of the Pepsi Generation, nor does it have anything to do with the rise of brown bag lunches in America. Sandwich Generation is a term being applied to 30- to ...

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Are You Ready for a Bioterrorist Attack

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Are You Ready for a Bioterrorist Attack Page 18 Are You Ready for a Bioterrorist Attack? Invisible Protective Barriers Do Not Exist Against Threats! By Margaret Varnell, BA, RN, RRT The year 2000 may well be remembered in medical circles as the year of the Great Bioterrorism Drills. Across the nation, our local and state agencies are working with federal health groups to design exercises testing ...

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Election Year Antics Hide Pending Health Care

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Election Year Antics Hide Pending Health Care Page 20 Election Year Antics Hide Pending Health Care Changes By Margaret Varnell, BA, RN, RRT You can tell it's an election year. Political candidates are working hard to convince voters by election day they offer the best choices in everything from health care to inflation controls. Those of us in health care don't need to wait for the future to ...

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Confusion Still Reigns in CLIA Regs

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Confusion Still Reigns in CLIA Regs Page 7 Confusion Still Reigns in CLIA Regs By Margaret Varnell, BA, RN, RRT Public outcry is a powerful tool. In response to mounting public pressure about inconsistent laboratory reporting, Congress passed the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA-88). It was their intent to establish standards of care and certification requirements for all ...

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Insomnia Lack of Sleep Slices into Your Mental

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Insomnia Lack of Sleep Slices into Your Mental Page 19 Insomnia Lack of Sleep Slices into Your Mental Edge By Margaret Varnell, BA, RN, RRT While the romantic chick flick Sleepless in Seattle earned millions of dollars for Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, real people who are sleepless in Seattle and elsewhere can cause billions of dollars worth of damage. The grounding of the Exxon Valdez in 1989 (nearly ...

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One Therapist Can Make a Difference

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One Therapist Can Make a Difference Page 21 One Therapist Can Make a Difference Whistle Blowers Now Protected...at Least in Massachusetts By Margaret Varnell, BA, RN, RRT Every once in awhile, ordinary practitioners, like Jack Karvelas, RRT, can find themselves in an extraordinary situation when hospital downsizing impacts their abilities to provide patient care. Despite some overwhelming odds, ...

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