spring 2011

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Let’s start the conversation


By Jonathan Carpenter

In March, a group of 30 front-line physicians, nurses and social workers for a one-day Seniors Summit. Now, the NLMA is taking the discussion online, asking for input on how to improve the delivery of care to seniors.

m e m b e r s h i p
NLMA, government finalize MOA

By NLMA Staff
On March 30, NLMA President Dr. Patrick O’Shea officially signed the finalized MOA  between the NLMA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The agreement covers the period from October 1/09 to September 30/13.

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Physicians lead way in referrals to Smokers’ Helpline

Submitted Article
In 2010, the Smokers’ Helpline received 1,294 referrals from various health care providers, workplaces, and community organizations, with more than 500 referrals coming from physicians across the province.

p e r s p e c t i v e s
Whole grains, PSA advice, CMA member benefits


By Dr. Susan King
A few different discussion points today. It’s morning as I write this. I guess my brain hasn’t felt the effects of my breakfast yet as I’m still hungry. So I’ll start off with food.

C o m m o n   R e v o l t   A g a i n s t   P a p e r w o r k  (C.R.A.P.)
Sick notes for the non-sick

By Dr. Paul Bonisteel

You think C.R.A.P. is a provincial phenomenon? Google “CRAP” and you’ll find another 18 groups that use the acronym. That’s a lot of CRAP, but then, if you’re a doctor, you already know it’s true.

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Needle or pill?

By Jonathan Carpenter
Dr. Daniel Hewitt is on a mission to increase awareness of the benefits of oral B12 as an effective substitute for intramuscular B12 injections for most cases of vitamin B12 deficient patients.

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Saint Luke’s Home adult day programs

Submitted Article
The Saint Luke’s Home adult day program promotes healthy aging, independence, education and coping skills for community-based seniors.

a & e
Medical Blogging

By Jonathan Carpenter

Join the hippest, most happening doctor on the Internet today as he tackles health care issues. Follow the musings of a pediatric oncologist. Learn about strange happenings in the medical world. Knitting and internal medicine. Yes, it works.

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Doctors; Associations recognized

By NLMA Staff
Local anesthesiologists; NLMA/CMA recognized.

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New peer support group for professionals with mental health disorders

By Jonathan Carpenter
The last decade has seen tremendous advances in society’s understanding of mental health disorders. Still, the stigma associated with mental illness continues to be a common barrier to diagnosis and effective treatment for many patients.

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Travel clinics lighten physician workload, ensure continuity

By Jonathan Carpenter

Each year, more than 700 million travelers cross international borders, many to exotic and remote locations. Many of these locations can have varying vaccination requirements for foreign visitors, which can be a contentious issue for frequent travelers.

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Visit CMA online for General Council program and registration

By NLMA Staff

NLMA members are invited to attend the historic event from August 21-24, 2011. As a CMA member you may attend any or every day of General Council sessions at no cost, including several sessions that provide CME credits.

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In Memoriam

By NLMA Staff

It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. David Hawkins and Dr. David Gordon Landells. NLMA would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of these outstanding physicians.

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Federal funding expands family medicine residency program

Submitted Article
The federal government announced recently that Newfoundland and Labrador will be provided up to $4.5 million to support 16 new family medicine residents in collaboration with Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine.

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New video highlights Faculty of Medicine

Submitted Article
A video showcasing Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine had a high profile at the 2010 Canadian Conference on Global Health, held in Ottawa in November.


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Celiac disease: The great pretender

By Dr. Mohsin Rashid
Celiac disease is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in the world. Studies estimate that celiac disease affects one per cent of the population, but 90 per cent of these individuals remain undiagnosed.


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Seniors Resource Centre

Submitted Article
For 20 years, the Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador has been promoting and enhancing the independence and well-being of seniors across the province.


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