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Upcoming CME webinar — June 26: Free for WOEMA Members
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Dr. Patrick Marius Koga will be speaking on "Psychiatric and Cultural Considerations in Treatment of Occupational Injuries in Immigrants and Refugees." Visit the WOEMA webinar calendar for more information and to register.

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WOEMA designates this educational activity when combined with completion and submission of the online questionnaire, for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. CME Certificates are issued and emailed to those who successfully participate and complete the online survey in order to receive CME credit.

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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean

Safe Opioid Prescribing — This app is for you!

One estimate is that more information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000 years and if you prescribe opioids, the tsunami of guidelines and 'best practices' makes you believe this. There is an iPhone app from the people at UC San Francisco that comes to the rescue by providing rapid access to very specific opioid guidelines and tools organized around four important clinical areas — (1) starting opioids, (2) management of opioids, (3) discontinuation of opioids and (4) clinical tools used in opioid prescribing. As opioid-related deaths continue to mount and physicians feel increased scrutiny of their opioid prescribing habits, this very useful app is timely indeed.

To learn more, click here.
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Senator calls out White House for logjam in workplace safety rulemaking
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As workplace safety and health advocates figure out how to fix workplace safety regulations in the wake of the West, Texas explosion, they agree that one focus should be speeding the passage of new rules.

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The author David Brin has predicted that someday it will be malpractice for a doctor not to consult a computer — well, I know where to turn if this happens. Medscape has recently upgraded their apps for Android and Mac OS (iPad, iPhone, iPod).

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Western Occupational Health Conference 2013, Honolulu
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Top quality education + networking with friends/colleagues + tropical setting = WOHC 2013.


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California lawmaker wants 'rewards' not 'penalties' in workplace health programs
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VideoBriefCalifornia lawmakers heard a bill recently that would prevent workplace wellness programs from charging workers more for health care if they don't meet certain goals.
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Mayo Clinic: Kidney stones prove occupational hazard for surgeons
Health Canal
Health care professionals, especially physicians, who work in operating rooms, are at increased risk of developing kidney stones, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Researchers surveyed more than 3,900 health care professionals at Mayo Clinic and found that nearly 11 percent had experienced kidney stones.
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Antibiotics may help treat half of those with back pain
UPI
Danish researchers said almost half of cases of chronic lower back pain may be caused by bacteria and may be treated with antibiotics. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark conducted two studies. The Danish studies, published in the European Spinal Journal, found the presence of bacteria in 46 percent of patients suffering from chronic lower back pain following a slipped or herniated disc and many were treated with antibiotics.
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New initiative seeks to arm employees against injuries
Risk & Insurance
The Safe, Skilled, Ready Workforce Initiative was developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. While recognizing that employers are responsible for providing a safe, healthy workplace, the initiative puts the onus on many other institutions to help prepare people for work. Education, business and labor, and health are the three pathways for promoting the initiative.
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Physicians, lawmakers nearing consensus on doctor pay system, but cost remains issue
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Physician groups and House lawmakers May 7 appeared to be getting closer to consensus on ways to reform Medicare's physician payment system, but lawmakers said finding money to pay for a new system remains a formidable challenge. Physician groups testifying before the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee urged Congress to adopt a new Medicare physician payment system that includes a five-year transition from the current payment formula and provides positive payment updates during that time while financially rewarding doctors for providing high-quality care.
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Senator calls out White House for logjam in workplace safety rulemaking
In These Times
As workplace safety and health advocates figure out how to fix workplace safety regulations in the wake of the West, Texas explosion, they agree that one focus should be speeding the passage of new rules. Though the notoriously slow rulemaking process wasn't a factor in the West, Texas explosion, it has been the cause of numerous other workplace fatalities, and could delay efforts to prevent another tragedy like West.
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