fall 2010

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Advice for politicians on improving long-term care


By Jonathan Carpenter

On September 9, NLMA President Dr. Patrick O’Shea was among the presenters who spoke about improving the delivery of long-term care during the government consultation session in St. John’s.

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New security policy at NLMA House

By Jonathan Carpenter
The NLMA wishes to inform members that due to a recent theft from NLMA House, tighter security restrictions have now been implemented.

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CMA elects new president; Dr. John Haggie confirmed as president-elect

By CMA Staff
On August 25, Dr. Jeff Turnbull, internist and Chief of Staff at Ottawa Hospital, was installed as the new President of the CMA. Dr. John Haggie, a general and vascular surgeon in Gander and former NLMA president, was acclaimed President-Elect.

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News from General Council


By Dr. Susan King
Our NLMA executive and others, like me, are not long back from Niagara Falls and the CMA annual meeting. It was an interesting meeting and all the up-alongers are excited about coming our way next year when we will host the meeting.

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Canadians concerned aging baby boomers will impact quality of health care

By CMA Staff

On August 23, 2010, the CMA released its 10th Annual National Report Card on Health Care in Canada assessing the attitudes of Canadians regarding their experiences with the health care system.

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Knowing is better than not knowing

Submitted Article
Canada Health Infoway, with its partner jurisdictions, is launching a national public awareness campaign based on extensive research on what Canadians know and believe about EHRs to help patients understand their high-level benefits.

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Rock star, movie star and health promotion

Submitted Article
Great Big Sea lead singer Alan Doyle, who hit the big screen as one of Robin Hood’s merry men last spring will bring a bit of Robin Hood’s magic to the Kids Eat Smart Foundation Gala fundraiser ‘An Evening in Sheraton Forest’ on November 12.

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Community Health Outreach office opens in Grand Falls-Windsor

Submitted Article

The official opening of the new Community Health Outreach office in Grand Falls-Windsor, established as part of a provincial network of outreach offices conducting research on human genetic disorders and population health, took place this summer.

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Dedicated to addressing health risk of smoking

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Dr. M.H. Irfan at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders is actively involved in helping patients overcome tobacco addiction and live healthier. He believes this is an integral to keeping his patients healthy now and for the future.

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Site aims to recruit 200 participants

Submitted Article
The Terry Fox Research Institute recently  announced the expansion to Newfoundland and Labrador of a nation-wide lung cancer detection study involving current and former smokers.

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Capturing an era of cottage hospitals

By Jonathan Carpenter

St. John’s author and publisher Edward Lake has now compiled the first book to ever chronicle the entire history of the province’s cottage hospital system, Capturing an Era: History of the Newfoundland Cottage Hospital System.

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CNIB offers supports to people with low vision

Submitted Article

The CNIB, one of the primary sources of support, information and, most importantly, hope for all Canadians affected by vision loss, has been making a profound difference in the lives of Canadians since 1918 by providing vital programs and services.

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Patient-centered care at heart of refocusing Canada’s health care system

By CMA Staff

In August, the CMA held its Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls, where physician delegates from across the country met to put forward many important ideas and directions to transform the country’s health care system.

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Pickled red meat associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer

By Sharon Gray
A new study conducted by researchers in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University shows that pickled red meat consumption is significantly associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Let’s send Pap screening rates soaring!

Submitted Article
The Cervical Screening Initiatives program campaign for Pap Test Awareness Week launch will be coupled with a mail out to all physicians reminding each of you how important the physician prompt is in screening more women.

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Recognizing excellence

By Sharon Gray
Dr. Catherine Penney, associate professor of family medicine and chief of staff and chief of family practice at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, has been honored as the Family Physician of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador.

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