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WOEMA Webinar: Climate Change and Public Health
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00pm PST

Kent E. Pinkerton, PhD
There is an increasing concern of how a changing world environment is affecting global public health. Climate change is contributing to increased population exposure to aeroallergens and secondary pollutants associated with adverse cardiorespiratory health effects. This presentation is designed for physicians, scientists and health care providers to gain a better understanding of the public health effects of climate change and to support evidence-based global health policy.

Objectives:
  • Understand the global issues surrounding environmental and climate changes that impact on respiratory and public health
  • Understand how physicians and basic scientists may become more involved in addressing environmental issues associated with climate change
  • To provide physicians with the tools to address climate change in the treatment of patients

Speaker: Kent E. Pinkerton is Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He serves as Director of the Center for Health and the Environment at UC Davis. Dr. Pinkerton has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters on the health effects of ambient air pollutants (ozone and particles), combustion-generated particles, environmental tobacco smoke and engineered nanomaterials. He has served as Chair of the Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly and the Environmental Health Policy Committee for the American Thoracic Society. He co-chaired the ATS Workshop on Climate Change and Human Health (2012) and is co-editor of the book, Global Climate Change and Public Health (Humana Press, 2014).

Click here to register online or visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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The Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) 2014 was honored to host 350 attendees, reaffirming its place as the premier venue for continuing medical education and professional networking for Occupational and Environmental Medicine providers. Of particular note is the growing number of physician assistant and nurse practitioner attendees, a very welcomed and encouraging development which helped create a rich collaborative dialogue within sessions and outside of the conference.

Conference highlights included the highly successful launch of the WOHC14 App, a two-day hands-on “Interactive Clinical Refresher” focusing on critical skills for the frontline OEM provider, and a spectacular Signature Event Dinner at the beachfront Hotel del Coronado resort. Special thanks to the WOHC planning committee, the WOEMA board, the speaking faculty, and all of those that attended for making this a most memorable event.

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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean

Apple App Store "Explore" button allows detailed search for Medical Apps

It has been said, “To the old, the new is usually bad news”. Reversing this moue, Apple’s new iOS8 system is very good news for patients of all ages and for healthcare professionals. The Application Store (“App Store”) has added functionality ignored (amazingly) by Google, Samsung, and Windows, and now offers the ability to search for medical apps by medical specialty, professional degree (nurse, physician, medical student) and by other categories (symptoms, treatments, drugs, pathology, etc.) Despite Apple having 20,000+ Medical Apps, this has taken 10 years to come about (iPhone debuted in 2004).
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Opioid Abuse Crackdown Puts Heroin Back in Style
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In recent years, federal and state officials have taken steps to prevent misuse of prescription opioids, including shuttering pill mills and launching prescription drug monitoring programs.

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How States Rank, High to Low, in Workers' Compensation Premiums
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Hydrocodone Reclassification Compounds Some Patients' Pain
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Minutes into a conversation, Diane Heilmann rearranges the pillows on her sofa and changes positions gingerly. She's not concerned about appearances. She’s following medical advice. Heilmann, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, knows the other techniques that can ease her pain: rest, alternating heat and cold, pacing activities to reduce stress, massage. Nothing, however, can control her symptoms like medication, often the only relief for arthritis patients.
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Workers Comp Reform Hasn't Helped the Construction Industry
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It's been three years since sweeping reforms to Illinois workers' compensation laws reduced the costs for treating injured employees. But those in the construction industry say they have yet to see meaningful reductions in premium costs.
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Study Calls Lack of Data on Widely Used Opioid Painkillers 'Shocking'
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Despite a dramatic increase in opioid prescriptions in the past two decades, a new federal study says there is no good research to guide doctors on the risks or effectiveness of their long-term use for ailments such as back pain and osteoarthritis.
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