Fall 2004

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Physician referrals to Smokers’ Helpline to triple number of people helped
The physician fax referral program to the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association’s Smokers’ Helpline doubled caller volume since it was launched this past spring.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Program recognizes top referring physicians

The NLMA and the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association recently recognized the top referring physicians to the Smokers’ Helpline.

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
Physician input essential as new “health deal” unfolds
Now that a “new health deal” between the federal government and provinces has been signed, the drama of the First Ministers Conference on Health will shift from Ottawa to provincial capitals.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Medical community partners with Kids Eat Smart to support community response to child nutrition
The NLMA, in partnership with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador and others, called for a community action in response to child nutrition issues.
F i n a n c i a l
Pros and cons of universal life insurance
A universal life insurance plan typically consists of insurance coverage in the form of permanent or whole-life insurance combined with an investment component (also called the reserve account).
I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y
What's up with NELL?
Those of you who have been reading Nexus and attending the AGM are aware that our organization has taken on the significant task of getting our members online with an electronic medical record (EMR).
P e r s p e c t i v e s
Refer patients who smoke to the Smokers’ Helpline
I hope you all had a chance for some down time over the summer. Now it’s back to the grind again. School starts up, as does the chilly air, the longer nights, too many meetings and, of course, the usual array of fall germs.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Cervical screening success in Springdale
It is always a challenge to incorporate new initiatives into a busy practice, but the clinic in Springdale area has had great success in increasing cervical screening.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Pap test awareness week
October 24-30 is Pap Test Awareness Week and the Cervical Screening Initiatives will be launching a new look and a new slogan.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Report offers insight into adolescent sexual health
A report from Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Health Network is a valuable resource for physicians and other health professionals working with adolescents.
E d u c a t i o n
NLMA scholarships presented
Third-year medical students David Thomas and Robyn Hutchings were recently presented with NLMA scholarships valued at $1,000.
I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y
CMA provides website service to Canadian doctors and their patients
The CMA recently launched mydoctor.ca — a unique, online service that enables physicians to create and maintain their own sophisticated websites quickly, easily and inexpensively.
I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y
Work continues on Pharmacy Network
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information continues with background work on the proposed Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Network.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
NLCHI health information reports
Recent health information reports prepared by the Research and Development Division of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
“Oh, my aching neck! Doc, what can you do for me?”
We all know these kinds of complaints — particularly those that return again and again — can be challenging.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Registry provides support to people diagnosed with Alzheimer disease
As the baby boom generation ages in the province, the number of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer disease is expected to triple.

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