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Dr. Sandra Luscombe installed as new NLMA President


By Jonathan Carpenter

Dr. Sandra Luscombe was installed as the 86th President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association during its annual general meeting at the Johnson GEO Centre on Saturday, June 11.

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New guidelines for developmental disabilities help youth transition to adult system

By Jonathan Carpenter
The transition from the pediatric system to the adult system can be extremely challenging for patients with developmental disabilities. Their care can easily become fragmented when confronted by service gaps in the under-resourced adult system.

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Outgoing President will continue to advance NLMA priorities

By Jonathan Carpenter
“A year ago... I highlighted three priorities for the year: concluding negotiations, highlighting care for seniors, and starting a governance review of the NLMA. A year later, I am happy to report on significant progress made on all three items,” said Dr. O’Shea.

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Physician leadership crucial to achieving Health Accord that benefits patients


By Jonathan Carpenter
During his address at the 2011 NLMA AGM, Dr. Haggie spoke about the challenges of health care sustainability and the CMA’s plan for the year ahead.

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Building a resilient physician community

By Jonathan Carpenter

During the NLMA AGM, psychiatrist Dr. Kris Luscombe and family physician Dr. Gina Higgins of Grand Falls-Windsor, presented the CME session Achieving Balance and Reducing Burnout in Medical Practice .

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Three physicians receive Honorary Life Membership Awards

By Jonathan Carpenter
This year, the Association honored Drs. Albert Davis, Kim Edward Mong Hong and Georgina Chalker for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the medical profession in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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NLMA announces scholarship and award winners

By NLMA Staff
Every year, the NLMA awards a number of scholarships and bursaries to medical students at Memorial University.

Dr. Christopher Heughan receives CMA Honorary Membership

By NLMA Staff

During the NLMA AGM in June, CMA President-Elect Dr. John Haggie presented Dr. Christopher Heughan, a retired St. John’s general surgeon, with the CMA Honorary Membership Award.

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Beyond my ability

By Dr. Paul Bonisteel
Don’t you just hate those functional capacity evaluation forms?

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Advances in Vitamin D Research

By NLMA Staff
Endocrinologist Dr. Christopher Kovacs was recently invited to attend a special think-tank and provide a didactic lecture as a consultant expert on the issue of vitamin D and its possible role in preventing preterm birth and preeclampsia at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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Physician accountabilities under the Personal Health Information Act

Submitted Article

The Personal Health Information Act became law on April 1. It now applies to all physicians, however, each physician’s work arrangement will dictate how (s)he is expected to meet the requirements of PHIA.

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Pharmacy Network benefits realized

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The Pharmacy Network is a provincial drug information system that contains records of patient medication information and comprehensive drug information.

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Arthritis Society provides vital programs, services to patients

Submitted Article

With the current shortage of rheumatologists in Newfoundland and Labrador — there are only four rheumatologists for the 90,000 people with arthritis in the province — it may be challenging for patients to access the help they need to effectively manage their disease.


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Four ways to participate in CMA General Council in St. John’s

By CMA Staff
All members of the NLMA are invited to attend and the annual meeting of the CMA's governing body, General Council, to be held in St. John’s from August 21-24, 2011.


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Family physician qualifies for Ironman World Championship

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Dr. Michelle Young, a family physician in Mount Pearl, has qualified to compete in the Ironman World Championship 70.3 to be held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on September 11, 2011.

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Irradiated blood components

Submitted Article
Irradiation is a procedure recommended for preventing Transfusion Associated Graft versus Host Disease. The cellular blood components that require irradiation include red blood cells, platelets, platelet-pheresis and granulcytes-pheresis.


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Homegrown healthy eating

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With more than 50 per cent of the people in Newfoundland and Labrador living in rural areas, the availability of nutritious food is an important issue for all residents.


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