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ADSHG Newsletter 096 - June 2009

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Addison's Disease Self Help Group, issue 96, June 2009


Welcome to the summer 2009 newsletter. We make no apologies for the sober tone of this issue, which is all about emergencies. Two of the four horsemen of the apocalypse – pestilence and death – feature on these pages. Pestilence, in the guise of Mexican flu, appears on page 3, where we have some important news about the anticipated flu outbreaks in autumn 2009 and how to make sure we are all as well prepared as possible. Death, very sadly, appears on page 11 where we publish the autopsy report on a lady with a pituitary condition (not an ADSHG member) who died in her sleep, when she could not absorb oral steroids during a gastric infection. If she had been given injected steroids and prompt medical treatment, it is likely that this tragedy could have been prevented.

Page 1: Front page
All about emergencies
With this issue
Efcortesol shortage


Page 2: From the President
Members' fundraising


Pages 3-5: Medical news
A message from John Wass on flu preparedness
28-day prescribing in the news
Addison's in the medical press


Page 6: AGM
Social report


Pages 7-8: ADSHG poster
All about emergencies


Pages 9-10: Personal experience
My life turned upside down


Page 11: Recent news
A preventable tragedy


Pages 12-13: Home and away
News from Denmark
Casa Luz calling
Life in the slow lane


Pages 14-15: Social update
Social meeting reports
Regional meetings


Page 16: Back page

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