FALL 2007

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

Medical by-laws review opportunity to reform system

By Rob Ritter

The restructuring of regional health authorities over the last couple of years has not been without stresses and strains. The medical care system in our province is at an important crossroads.

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 Changing the face of cervical cancer

Submitted Article

The face of cervical cancer is changing. Over the last three years, earlier diagnosis through Pap screening has identified double the number of cases of in situ disease.

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Pap clinic grants

Submitted Article
Dr. John H. McLean, professor of anatomy and neuroscience at Memorial University, is the first person to receive the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Synapse Award – Individual Researcher.

Vitamin D, cold season and hypertension

By Dr. Susan King
I hope you all had a good summer, with the right balance of relaxation and adventure. As we all get geared up for another busy season, here are a few things to consider.

I N   M E M O R I A M
Remembering Dr. Ian Rusted

By Jonathan Carpenter
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Ian Rusted, who had a profound impact upon medical education in Newfoundland and was instrumental in establishing the NLMA as the unified voice of organized medicine in the province.

Faculty of Medicine celebrates 40th anniversary

Submitted Article
A day of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University is planned for Monday, October 22.

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Family physicians have key role in stroke strategy


By Leigh Thorne
In 2005, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Stroke Strategy joined forces to look at an organized system of stroke care.

R E S I D E N T ' S   C O R N E R

PAIRN finalizes deal with government

By Dr. John Martin

Overall, PAIRN is pleased with our new contract and we are looking forward to improving on this contract in the years to come.

C M A   N E W S

CMA reviews its governance

By CMA Staff
The CMA will be reviewing its governance model over the next 12 months to ensure that it remains effective, nimble and responsive to the needs of the medical profession.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Olympian encourages kids to eat well

By Kids Eat Smart Staff

Olympic gold medallist Jamie Korab, the Kids Eat Smart Champion, will lend his time, his voice, and his influence to support Kids Eat Smart Clubs throughout the province.

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CMA honors Kids Eat Smart Foundation

By NLMA Staff

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has honored the Kids Eat Smart Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador with its Award for Excellence in Health Promotion.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Physicians are an important link to help smokers quit

By  NLMA Staff
A recent report from researchers at Health Canada suggests that health care providers are missing opportunities to offer cessation support to patients.

Field testing of new form 8/10 going very well


The goal of the new form is to gather information in a more concise way, while still providing the necessary information for adjudicating and managing a claim.

Rebalancing your portfolio

By Keith Butler

Without close scrutiny and intervention, a portfolio will naturally become more concentrated in asset classes that have recently outperformed or ones that have historically delivered higher returns, albeit at greater risk.

MDcme.ca: New courses online

Submitted Article

The newest online case-based learning offerings from MDcme.ca.

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Lessons from the Canadian celiac health survey

By Dr. Mohsin Rashid

Celiac disease (gluten sensitive enteropathy) is a permanent intolerance to gluten, which causes damage to the small intestinal mucosa by an autoimmune mechanism in genetically susceptible individuals.

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No fever – no malaria test!

By Dr. Jim Hutchinson
There has been a large increase in laboratory requests for malaria testing in tourists after return from a malaria endemic area. The only time a returned tourist needs evaluation for malaria is when they have a fever.

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Provider Registry: A foundational registry of the EHR

Submitted Article

The Centre for Health Information is managing the development of the EHR on behalf of the province, regional health authorities, health professionals and the public, and is currently working to develop the Provider Registry.

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CADTH releases latest issues in emerging technologies through horizon scanning service

Submitted Article
The horizon scanning service of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), the only pan-Canadian program of its type, helps Canadian jurisdictions monitor and stay abreast of rapid advances in health technology development.

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Bridging the gap of social isolation

Submitted Article

Social isolation impacts mental and physical wellbeing. Studies have shown that seniors involved in social activities have fewer visits to doctors’ offices and overall better health.

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Residents worried about career prospects

By CMA Staff
Debt load and pay rates still head the list of concerns for Canada’s medical residents, but new research conducted for the CMA also reveals that even though the country is in the midst of a physician shortage and CMAJ is full of help-wanted ads, most residents are worried about their personal career prospects.

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Tips on how you can “green” your home and office to reduce your environmental footprint

By CMA Staff
Steps you can take to ensure your consumption of both energy and produce is as efficient as possible.

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Continuing full accreditation for undergrad curriculum

Submitted Article
Memorial University’s undergraduate medical curriculum has received continuing full accreditation until the next site visit in 2012-13.

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National award for neuroscientist

Submitted Article
Dr. John H. McLean, professor of anatomy and neuroscience at Memorial University, is the first person to receive the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Synapse Award – Individual Researcher.

Online Only  H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
Directory of French-speaking health care providers

Submitted Article
 The Directory of French-speaking health providers in Newfoundland and Labrador is an inventory of health care professionals willing and able to provide health care services in French.

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