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President's Message from Dr. Ellyn McIntosh
Ellyn McIntosh MD, MPH, FACOEM
It is an honor to serve as the 2014 WOEMA President. In 2014, WOEMA will be continuing our tradition of high quality educational events including our webinars and the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC). We are upgrading our website to a brand new look with increased functionality for our members. We are continuing to develop a vigorous legislative agenda and continue to retain a lobbyist so that WOEMA’s voice is heard on relevant legislative issues. We have an energetic membership committee who reach out to new members and interface with WOEMA leadership on issues important to our members. We are a collegial and welcoming place for Occupational and Environmental health professionals, and one of the largest and most active component societies of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

During my many years with WOEMA, I have continued to be humbled by the dedication and collaboration of the board members past and present, committee chairs, committee members, and WOEMA staff. We all work together to get the job done. Those who know me will tell you that I like to quote family who were influential in my past. My grandmother, a very quotable British nurse used to say that many hands make light work. She usually said that when she wanted me to do something, so I thought it was appropriate here. As the 2014 WOEMA President, I want YOU to do something. We are looking for you to join us in supporting this organization. I think we would all tell you that the experience is meaningful, fulfilling, productive and generally fun.

We look forward to seeing you in Coronado, California for WOHC 2014. Until then, please visit the website http://www.woema.org, email or tweet us (@WesternOEMA) with your interests. Join us on a webinar. Join a committee. Get involved. Make a difference.
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WOEMA Webinar
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On February 26, 2014, Dr. Fishman will be speaking on Opioid Prescribing: New FDA Labeling and New Guidelines. Click here to register.

Dr. Scott M. Fishman is Professor and the Charles and Patricia Fullerton Endowed Chair of Pain Medicine, Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine, and Executive Vice Chair for the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He was formerly Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Center at Harvard Medical School. His medical degree is from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Formal clinical training is in Internal Medicine (Greenwich/Yale University School of Medicine) and Psychiatry (Massachusetts General/Harvard Medical School).

CME webinars take place every other month: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Pacific Time
Upcoming Webinars for 2014:
April 30, 2014
June 25, 2014
August 27, 2014
October 29, 2014
December 17, 2014

Click here to visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
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Alcohoot Mobile Phone Breathalyzer for your medical party needs

Drinking alcohol is as American as a Long Island iced tea. Assessing how far the hammer has dropped is now easier with Alcohoot, a Mobile phone-enabled device that plugs into your phone headphone jack, with no pairing or installation required. Powered by "fuel cell technology" and about the size of a matchbox, after blowing into the device for five seconds, your BAC (breath alcohol concentration) is calculated and shows up on your smartphone screen. With the associated Alcohoot app, users can also see graphs of past results to determine if their BAC is going up or down over time.
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Save The Date For WOHC 2014!
WOEMA
Sponsored by the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, the Western Occupational Health Conference is our signature annual meeting and appreciated as an exceptional educational event by attendees from across the country.


WOHC 2014, the 58th Annual Conference of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, will be held in San Diego, CA, September 17-20, 2014 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa.
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The Dueling Obligations of Opioid Stewardship
Annals of Internal Medicine
A position paper from the American College of Physicians in this issue discusses the public health problem created by prescription drug abuse.

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Experiment Reveals The Ugly Side Of Open-Source Journal Industry
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Over the past 10 months, Harvard researcher John Bohannon, Ph.D., has created more than 300 versions of a phony research paper describing the anticancer property of a chemical extracted from a lichen.

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Employee Prescription Drug Use Booms, Marijuana and Cocaine Results Down
International Business Times
U.S. workers abusing prescription drugs is a growing concern for companies despite the fall in testing positive for illegal drugs.

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Cutting Down Agriculture Risk
Risk & Insurance
Fatalities and injuries among forestry and agricultural workers have dropped significantly in recent years, but those occupations still rank among the nation's most lethal. Unfortunately, the safety improvements contributing to that decrease don't necessarily translate to lower workers' compensation rates or fewer claims, according to experts.
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Patient-Generated Data Likely to Grow as Meaningful Use Moves Forward
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program will almost certainly expand the collection and use of patient-generated data, which could give a boost to technology such as home-monitoring devices and patient portals. The Health IT Policy Committee, the body that provides policy guidance to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, said it will recommend that hospitals and health systems be required to expand their collection and use of patient-generated data to qualify for stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program.
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Scientists Solve 40-Year Mystery of How Sodium Controls Opioid Brain Signaling
HealthCanal
Scientists have discovered how the element sodium influences the signaling of a major class of brain cell receptors, known as opioid receptors. The discovery, from The Scripps Research Institute and the University of North Carolina, suggests new therapeutic approaches to a host of brain-related medical conditions.
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Surgery Leads to Greater Long-Term Improvement for Patients With Herniated Discs in Lower Spine
News-Medical.net
For patients with herniated discs in the lower (lumbar) spine, surgery leads to greater long-term improvement in pain, functioning, and disability compared to nonsurgical treatment, concludes an eight year follow-up study in Spine.
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Which Healthcare Jobs Have the Best Outlooks?
Becker's Hospital Review
Many healthcare occupations are projected to grow in employment faster than the average job growth rate, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average growth rate for all occupations in the U.S. is 14 percent. This measures the rate of employment growth expected overall from 2010 to 2020. Of the 41 occupations related to human healthcare listed by the BLS, 36 have a projected growth rate higher than 14 percent.
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Workers' Compensation Data Captures Back Pain Experience
Medical Xpress
Amanda E. Young, Ph.D., from the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, Mass., and colleagues interviewed 90 participants with a compensated claim for work-related LBP regarding their LBP-related experiences after their initial return to work. Self-reports were compared with wage-replacement data, which was provided by the participants' workers' compensation provider.
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