WINTER 2006

E x e c u t i v e   D i r e c t o r ' s   M e s s a g e
NLMA assessing role in provincial pandemic planning

By Rob Ritter

While governments at all levels have primary responsibility for ensuring emergency preparedness, non-governmental organizations and agencies have a critical role to play as well.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Questions about influenza

By CMA Staff

CMA has posted a new resource on seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza on cma.ca. The web pages are designed to help you and your patients find reliable information quickly.

W H S C C
Commission issues warning

By WHSCC Staff
There are a number of private consulting companies who provide a variety of services to employers. The Commission wishes to clarify that these consulting firms are independent companies.

w h s c c
IT programming changes at WHSCC

By WHSCC Staff
WHSCC wishes to advise all physicians that their statements of ‘said’ and ‘denied’ transactions will be faxed to those who are paid by direct deposit and have provided the Commission with a fax number.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
New edition of CMA's fitness-to-drive guide ready

By CMA Staff
The seventh edition of the CMA’s fitness-to-drive guide, Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles, will be available free to members next month.

P E R S P E C T I V E S

Personalities at play

By Dr. Susan King

I recently attended a huge international conference on physician health.… a workshop related to physician personalities. The speaker went through concepts on personality traits and self-awareness that I found particularly interesting, enlightening and, most important of all, promising.

H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N

New website to deal with depression

By NLMA Staff
In February 2007, Community Health Promotion Network Atlantic will launch a new website. Network Atlantic’s aim is simple: To reach out to those people who suffer from depression who will not seek help through conventional channels.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Get SMART: New in-home exercise program starting for seniors

By NLMA Staff

The Victorian Order of Nurses has launched a new in-home exercise program for seniors in the St. John’s area.

H e a l t h  P R O M O T I O N
Healthy pregnancy means being smoke free

By Mary Lynn Pender

Studies show that smoking during pregnancy is linked to a number of health risks including low birth weight, miscarriage, complications during birth, and stillbirth.

R E S I D E N T ' S   C O R N E R
Role of PAIRN in province

By Dr. John Martin
The Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Newfoundland (PAIRN) is the organization that represents postgraduate medical trainees in Newfoundland and Labrador.

H e a l t h   T E C H N O L O G Y
A new theory of how much kidney function is enough

By NLMA Staff

An article published in the December issue of the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications proposes a new theory of the need for kidney function.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
“Mr. Minister: Take down those power walls”

By NLMA Staff

Tobacco retail displays, known as “power walls” are the tobacco industry’s main method of marketing their lethal product. These colorful displays are in the full view of children, smokers and ex-smokers.

F I N A N C I A L
Market commentary: What has happened in the markets to date

By Brian J. Cook

The strong performance of the global equity markets continued through the first half of Q2. Solid global economic growth, strengthening commodity prices, and good corporate earnings results largely drove this performance.

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Doctors respond in droves to CMA survey

By Patrick Sullivan

The CMA has begun analyzing results from its first large-scale online consultation with members, but there has already been a major surprise – far more data than had been predicted.

Online Only  D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
Dr. Paul C. Hébert appointed new CMAJ editor

By CMA Staff
Paul C. Hébert, a critical care physician at the Ottawa Hospital, a clinical researcher at the University of Ottawa and a prolific author, has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

 Online Only  D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
Dr. Carmel Casey named CFPC provincial family doctor of year

By NLMA Staff

Dr. Carmel Casey is named CFPC provincial family doctor of year, Dr. Mohamed Ravalia is this year’s recipient of the Donald I. Rice Award, Dr. Amin A. Muhammad publishes online

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MUN medical students working to help refugee population

By NLMA Staff

Medical students at Memorial University want to improve access to medical help for the refugee population of St. John’s.

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Top 10 reasons for giving blood this holiday season

By CBS Staff

Instead of making endless trips to the malls this December, Canadian Blood Services urges holiday-makers instead to make an appointment at a local blood donor clinic, and brighten a life.

 Online Only  I N F O R A T I O N   T E C H N O L O G Y
Interoperable electronic health records and laboratory information system

By NLCHI Staff

The iEHR/Labs Project will bring together information from the other EHR projects to enable sharing of personal health information and other health data with health professionals and health care providers across the continuum of care.

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Physicians invited to refer patients with alcohol problems to AA support groups

By NLMA Staff

Alcoholics Anonymous wants to ensure that physicians know about their program so that they can pass along information to patients who may have a problem with alcohol.

 Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Informing drug therapy options for osteoporosis in women

By Sheila Tucker

The drug alendronate is more effective and less costly to the health care system than teriparatide or other bisphosphonates for the prevention of fracture in postmenopausal women.

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Nexus is published quarterly for Newfoundland and Labrador's physicians. It is a forum for the exchange of views, ideas and information for members.