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Physicians achieve Atlantic parity for first time in NLMA history


By Jonathan Carpenter

Physicians of Newfoundland and Labrador overwhelmingly accepted the tentative agreement between the NLMA and provincial government during a special general meeting on December 21, 2010.

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Remembering Dr. Ronan O’Shea

By Jonathan Carpenter
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is deeply saddened at the passing of former NLMA President Dr. Ronan O’Shea. He died on January 14, 2011 at the age of 59 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Tips for weight management

By Dr. Susan King
Weight loss; plate size; cerebella exercise; and, new cervical cancer screening technology.

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Common Revolt Against Paperwork (C.R.A.P.)


By Dr. Paul Bonisteel
Across the specialties, the part of medical practice doctors like least is paperwork. The amount of time doctors spend on paperwork has ballooned from five per cent to as much as 45 per cent in just over a decade.

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NL study links tobacco smoking and colorectal cancer

Submitted Article

A new study from Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine has found there is a higher risk of colorectal cancer among former and current smokers than non-smokers.

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Make your views known at CMA General Council in St. John’s

By CMA Staff
NLMA members are invited to attend the Canadian Medical Association’s General Council meeting in St. John’s from August 21-24, 2011. This is a historic year for General Council, which is held in Newfoundland and Labrador once every 20 years.

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New provincial occurrence reporting system to roll out in 2011

Submitted Article
 A new web-based tool to report safety-related events will be implemented in all regional health authorities during 2011/12 called the Clinical Safety Reporting System.

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CMA advises Canadians to test their homes for radon

Submitted Article

The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Lung Association have joined forces with the Radiation Protection Bureau of Health Canada to raise awareness about the effects of radon exposure on the health of Canadians.

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Delayed prescriptions lead to reduced antibiotic use

By NLMA Staff
Newfoundlanders recently published a study in the journal Canadian Family Physician, to determine whether postdating delayed antibiotic prescriptions would be more effective in reducing antibiotic use than usual delayed prescriptions.

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Improvements in technology enhance patient safety

Submitted Article
A new electronic tracking mechanism will support improvements in patient safety for cervical screening. A substantial overhaul of the provincial cytology registry compiles electronic records of Pap cytology, colposcopy and positive biopsy results.

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NLMA scholarships presented

By NLMA Staff

NLMA President-elect Dr. Sandra Luscombe presented Paige Moore, third-year medical student, with an NLMA award at the Faculty of Medicine Scholarship and Awards Luncheon on December 7.

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Plan ahead for a successful retirement

By Mike Oxner

A successful retirement income plan will help to ensure that assets will last throughout retirement, while minimizing tax wherever possible. Physicians should work with a financial advisor to cover several basic steps in the retirement planning process.

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Kids Eat Smart promotes healthy eating at launch of national CBC program

Submitted Article

Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador recently participated in the launch of CBC's nation-wide Live Right Now program, designed to improve the health of Canadians.

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In Memoriam

By NLMA Staff
It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. Anne Perry, Dr. Christopher Ogbuah, Dr. Norah Christine Browne, Dr. Gerald M. Murphy and Dr. Howard Roy Strong.

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NLCAHR issues report on reuse of single-use devices

Submitted Article
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research recently released a report on single use devices that states the practice of reusing medical devices intended for single use is evolving across Canada.


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CMA revises policy on protecting patient health information

By NLMA Staff
In order to keep pace with recent advances in medical technology and the corresponding implications for patient privacy, the CMA has re-released its policy on the role of physicians in protecting patients’ personal health information.


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