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Dr. Yordan Karaivanov becomes 88th NLMA President


By NLMA Staff
Dr. Yordan Karaivanov was installed as the President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) during its annual general meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s on June 8.

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Past President vows to continue to work with NLMA

By NLMA Staff
On June 8, Dr. Tony Gabriel officially passed the chain of office to new NLMA President Dr. Yordan Karaivanov. Speaking to delegates at the business session of the NLMA AGM in St. John’s, Dr. Gabriel reflected on his term as president of the NLMA.

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Awards handed out at AGM

By NLMA Staff
During the NLMA’s AGM in June, Honorary Life Membership Award was presented to retired physicians Dr. George Richard Seviour and Dr. Yong Kee Jeon for their achievements in medicine and their service to the Association.

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AGM in photos


By NLMA Staff
The 88th Annual General Meeting was hosted by Dr. Tony Gabriel at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's, NL on June 8, 2013

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“Smouldering” issue of homelessness raised at CMA town hall in St. John’s

By CMA Staff
Poverty, inadequate housing, the need for proper nutrition and the importance of early childhood development all of these social determinants of health were mentioned in St. John's on June 3.

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ACT releases Tobacco Reduction Strategy, patient pamphlet

Submitted Article
The Alliance for the Control of Tobacco recently released a five-year strategy for tobacco control in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Providing for heirs and passing on the family cottage

By MD Physician Services
Passing the family cottage on to the next generation requires careful thought and planning. Capital gains can sometimes be so high that the heirs have no choice but to sell the property.

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NLMA launches new physicians’ assistance program

By NLMA Staff
On July 1, the NLMA launched the new inConfidence Member and Family Assistance Program for members and their immediate families as a benefit of membership.

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Physicians protest cuts to refugee health care on National Day of Action

By NLMA Staff
On June 17, physicians in St. John’s joined their colleagues in 18 cities across Canada as part of the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care National Day of Action.

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From Peer to Peer

By Jean-Marie Auffrey, MD
Physicians who complete a physician questionnaire prior to peer review are also asked to complete a brief informal self-evaluation form.

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Clinical guidance on avian influenza A(H7N9) virus now available

By CMA Staff
The Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada has developed interim guidance on the use of antiviral drugs to treat avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

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Missed appointments

Paul Bonisteel, MD
Our health care system can ill afford the patient who does not call to cancel an appointment, the no-shows!

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With packed agenda, heavy debate is expected at CMA annual meeting

By CMA Staff
Physicians attending the 2013 annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association are advised to arrive with an appetite for debate because there promises to be plenty.

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Pregnant women and mixed messages about smoking

Submitted Article
The health risks of smoking while pregnant are well-documented and well known in the medical community.

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Former NLMA President passes away

By NLMA Staff
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is saddened by the passing of former NLMA President Dr. Augustus (Gus) Taylor Rowe. He passed away peacefully on July 20, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario at the age of 92.

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Referral and Consultation Process Toolbox

By Kelly Higdon
The Canadian Medical Association has recently created a Referral and Consultation Process Toolbox,  an online collection of successful referral and consultation process improvement projects.

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Retired physician calls for research on cosmetic chemicals

By Harold Wight, MD
There are hundreds of organic chemicals, solvents, dyes, preservatives, stabilizers, etc., in the chemical composition of our cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, body washes, hair dyes, deodorants, fly dopes and sun screens. We expose ourselves to them daily.

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