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WOEMA Webinar: Respiratory Impairment and Disability
John R. Balmes, MD
To Air Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 12:00pm PST

Chronic respiratory disease due to cigarette smoke and occupational or environmental exposures is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Physicians thus are not uncommonly asked to evaluate the impact of a respiratory disease on a patient’s daily activities, including the ability to work. Despite the prevalence of chronic respiratory disease and the need to evaluate resulting disability, many physicians feel ill equipped to assess functional respiratory impairment. This webinar presentation will provide information about the concepts of impairment, disability and handicap; the impairment evaluation schemes required by different agencies; the default AMA impairment classification scheme; and some specific case examples of application of the AMA respiratory impairment guidelines. The information presented will enhance physician knowledge about why, when, and how to perform a respiratory impairment evaluation.

Click here to register online or visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean

A Radiation ID App and a trove at NLM’s “Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites"

Knowledge is of two kinds per Samuel Johnson; we know a subject ourselves or we know where to get the information. In the latter category, The National Library of Medicine has done a great service with its new “Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites”. The site has 10 NIH-endorsed mobile medical apps of use to OEM professionals. One I particularly liked was the “Mobile REMM’ radiation app that gives easy to use guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of radiation injuries during radiation and nuclear emergencies.
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Western Occupational Health Conference 2015
WOHC to Workers' Health in the West

Over 20 hours of CME and MOC credit.
Conference registration opens May 1st.*

Conference Highlights
Post-Grad Sessions and Worksite Tours (Thursday, September 24) to include:
  • Asarco Copper Mine Tour
  • Raytheon Missile Tour
  • Power Ortho Upper Extremity: Hand, Wrist & Elbow
Friday and Saturday plenary sessions to include:
  • General Health Refresher
  • Total Worker Health
  • Occupational Asthma
  • Wildland Firefighters: Practical and Legally-Defensible Medical Standards

Western BBQ at the Coyote Corral (Friday night signature event), golf & tennis tournaments and “truly Tucson” guest events (Thursday and Friday).

Click here to make your hotel reservation at the Loews Ventana Canyon or call 800-234-5117. Be sure to identify yourself with WOEMA/WOHC and reference GROUP CODE: “WOE915” to secure the discounted room rate of $159/night.

Plan your trip to Tucson and see what this desert oasis has to offer!

Book your flight – Tucson International Airport!

Over 20 hours of CME and MOC credit.

*complete conference agenda will be available and posted to the WOEMA website later this month.
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OSHA Updates Guidance For Protecting Workers From Workplace Violence
Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
OSHA has released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, including industry best practices and highlights the most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in various healthcare and social service settings. In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 23,000 significant injuries due to assault at work. More than 70 percent of these assaults were in healthcare and social service settings. Health care and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of violence as the average private sector workers.
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FDA Releases Final Guidance for Industry on Abuse-Deterrent Opioids
Pain Medicine News
The FDA released a final guidance on the evaluation and labeling of abuse-deterrent opioids. This guidance reflects the agency's current thinking on how studies should be conducted and evaluated to determine if a given formulation has abuse-deterrent properties, according to the FDA. The 26-page document is geared toward helping drug makers to develop opioids with potential abuse-deterrent properties. It also contains recommendations for what labeling claims may be approved based on study results.
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Paralyzed Again
MIT Technology Review
We have the technology to dramatically increase the independence of people with spinal-cord injuries. The problem is bringing it to market and keeping it there.
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Unemployment Rises Among Those With Disabilities
Disability Scoop
Even as the overall job situation continues to improve, an increasing number of Americans with disabilities are unemployed, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. Figures released recently show that the jobless rate among individuals with disabilities climbed to 11.7 percent in March. That's an increase over the 11.2 percent rate reported for the previous month.
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