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A WOHC in the Sun!
WOEMA
That's right — WOHC 2013: The Spirit of Aloha is literally just a Hawaiian sunset away. If you are still riding the wave of indecision about attending, you can still register and earn CME in paradise September 25-28 at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. Conference attendance is high, but there is still space available, and flights are still reasonable too! Click here for more details.

If you are looking for a way to soak in the latest state-of-the-art, timely, occupational medicine topics, research and reports, WOHC promises outstanding sessions and faculty to keep your brain firing on all cylinders during the day — while tropical winds, stellar sunsets, and endless entertainment options await you in the evenings including:

• Welcome Reception Thursday
• Rum Fire Beachside Reception Friday — complete with live Hawaiian music, hula performances, and traditional Hawaiian food. All guests can choose from a catamaran sunset sail or fireworks cruise departing right from the beach!

And if that's not enough to tempt your ALOHA spirit — outrigger canoe rides, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, golf, and many other activities are available to you and your guest(s).

Maximize CME, tropical location, networking with colleagues, sand between your toes — Is there really any reason NOT to attend WOHC 2013?

Click here to register today.

Aloha!
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WOEMA Recognizes and Welcomes this Year's WOHC 2013 Resident Scholarship Recipients
WOEMA
Through its Resident Scholarship Program, WOEMA is able to offer scholarships for residents to attend the annual Western Occupational Health Conference. This year, the following residents applied, were supported by their program directors, and have received scholarship to WOHC 2013: The Spirit of Aloha to be held next week, September 25-28 in Honolulu:

• Myra T. Cruz, MD, MOH, University of Utah
• Mahdy A. Flores, DO, University of California, Irvine
• Derek A. Gagnon, MD*, University of California, Irvine
• Lynn M. Flowers, DO*, University of California, Irvine
• Wendy Ho, MD, Loma Linda University
• Yi Lin, MD, MSPH, University of California, San Francisco
• Scott J. Petersen, MD, MS, MPH, University of California, San Francisco
• Michael K. Sracic*, MD, University of California, Irvine
• Lien Tran, DO, University of California, San Francisco
* Deferred Scholarship

As per WOEMA tradition, these residents will introduce WOHC faculty and will submit poster presentations on a current occupational medicine research project.

WOEMA would also like to thank the following companies for their generous support of the WOHC 2013 Resident Scholarship Program:
Allied Managed Care/Acclamation Insurance Management Services
Express Scripts
H-Wave
Medlock Consulting
U.S. HealthWorks
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CME Webinars — Free for WOEMA Members
WOEMA
In collaboration with the UC COEH, please join us on Wednesday, October 30 for the WOEMA webinar: "Chronic Upper Back and Neck Pain in Workers: Stretching, Strengthening, or Ergonomics? The Answers are In," presented by Dr. David Rempel.

Visit the WOEMA webinar calendar for more information.

Registration is required for this meeting.

Participants will be able to:
• Understand the new, evidence based findings on the value of focused strengthening exercises (in comparison to stretching) in treating workers with chronic upper back and neck pain and be able to implement these exercises in worksite health promotion programs.
• Follow new research findings be able to make recommendations for workstation interventions for managing upper back and neck pain among computer users, especially for laptop users and older employees with presbyopia.
• Understand the basic mechanisms of effectiveness of strengthening and ergonomic interventions for managing chronic upper back and neck pain

For more information, please visit the WOEMA website.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
WOEMA
Guideline Central App — help to find that special tree of knowledge in the data forest!

Confucius said, "The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it." 2,500 years later as we wade through warehouses of clinical data, this is still true. The National Guideline Clearinghouse ('NCG', part of AHRQ*) maintains a warehouse of Medical Guidelines that has an easy to use, free, app for iPhone, iPad and Android that looks up free Guideline summarizes (with critical evaluations of the guidelines' source and methods). The interface is intuitive with effective keyword search and ability to browse all Guidelines by category, specialty, profession, and organization (i.e., publisher). I have found it quite useful. For offline use, the full guideline summary database can be downloaded.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


In Hawaii, OSHA Shifts Manufacturing-Safety Oversight Back to the State
EHS Today
Hawaii, which gutted its workplace-safety division during the height of the recession, will reassume responsibility for enforcing safety standards in its manufacturing plants, starting Oct. 1.
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Dangers Pesticides Pose to Workers Force Farmers to Look for Alternatives
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For decades, California strawberry growers like Rod Koda injected the potent pesticide methyl bromide into soil to kill bugs, weeds and plant diseases before planting strawberries. But the chemical was slated to be phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's ozone layer. And later its replacement methyl iodide was pulled off the market after numerous public protests. Now, California regulators have proposed stricter rules to protect the public from a third fumigant that Koda and other conventional berry growers use to sanitize their fields.
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FDA Announces New Labeling Guidelines for Longer Acting Painkillers
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In response to increasing numbers of deaths, injuries, and addiction stemming from prescription painkiller abuse, the FDA has issued new labeling guidelines for medical providers who prescribe longer acting painkillers, commonly referred to as opoids.
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Proposed OSHA Rule on Silica Exposure Could Have Significant Impact on Fracking Industry
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Late last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a proposed new rule to curb employee exposure to crystalline silica, which according to the agency creates an elevated risk of lung cancer, silicosis, and other diseases.
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Cervical Spine Range of Motion May Affect Postural Stability
Medical Xpress
In adults with neck pain, those with asymmetry in the range of motion of the upper cervical spine have increased postural sway compared with those with symmetry, but postural function does not differ between the groups, according to research published in the Sept. 1 issue of Spine.
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Fast and Flawed Inspections of Factories Abroad
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Outdated Lead Exposure Regulations Threaten Thousands of American Workers
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Lead poisoning is not just a childhood hazard. Even tiny amounts of the toxic metal can cause high blood pressure and heart disease in adults, according to a new analysis released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this past June. Yet the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not updated its general workplace standards for lead exposure since establishing them 35 years ago.
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