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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
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FDA Issues Guidelines for Mobile Medical Apps — Smartphones Can be Medical Device

It has been said that "each person can agree that all would benefit from common restraint." In this spirit, the FDA has issued Guidelines on Mobile Medical applications. If the intended use of the Mobile Medical App is to diagnose, treat, prevent, etc. disease, it is a medical device regardless of the platform it runs on. All physicians who prescribe, comment on or suggest an app need to appreciate that the smart phone or tablet used may now be considered a "regulated medical device" under the FD&C Act with requirements for registration, labeling, reporting, etc.
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WOEMA Webinar: Screening and Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Among Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators
Dr. Chunbai Zhang — December 18

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Registration is required for this meeting. Visit the WOEMA webinar calendar for more information.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a syndrome defined by breathing abnormalities during sleep, can lead to fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) with an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes. Identifying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators with unrecognized OSA during DOT exam is a major public health challenge. While in-lab sleep study polysomnogram (PSG) is the gold standard for diagnosis of OSA, portable monitors (PMs) are being used as potentially lower cost and more accessible alternatives. Most occupational physicians are not familiar with the diagnostic challenges of OSA in the DOT examinee population: sensitivity and specificity; the cost-benefit ratio of the PMs versus PSG; potential barriers from human factors; and evolving technological advancement. Human factors that alter test accuracy are a major concern among commercial drivers motivated to gain/maintain employment. This talk will help outline past and current literature on the diagnostic and screening tools of OSA during DOT exam for occupational physicians and practitioners.

Participants will be able to understand to understand the unique challenges in diagnosing OSA among CMV Operators; to outline screening tools for OSA during a DOT exam.; and to outline the advantages and shortcomings of portable monitoring devices used for diagnosing OSA among CMV operators

For more information, please visit the WOEMA website.
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Save The Date For WOHC 2014!
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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 18-20, 2014 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa.
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FDA Maps Further Clamp-Down on Opioid Painkillers
Los Angeles Times
Employee wellness and health promotion programs are more important than ever, both because the new Affordable Care Act includes incentives for them and because they provide huge savings.

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FDA Announces New Labeling Guidelines For Longer Acting Painkillers
Forbes
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.

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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. According to data by medical-testing company Quest Diagnostics, U.S. workers, which are subject to random drug tests and pre-employment screening, are becoming more sophisticated when it comes to passing drug tests as the tumble in people testing positive does not correlate with government statistics that show use is on the rise.
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EAPs for Substance Abuse Reduce Absenteeism and Increase Productivity
By Joy Burgess
Studies have shown that problem drinkers and alcoholics cost American businesses billions of dollars. Studies also show that substance abuse can result in an increase in absenteeism, which reduces overall productivity. Even though the actual substance abuse may take place at home, it still has an impact on both large and small businesses. However, companies are finding that establishing an employee assistance program can help to curb chemical dependency problems among employees.
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FDA Maps Further Clamp-Down on Opioid Painkillers
Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration has laid out a roadmap for greater strictures on the prescribing and dispensing of hydrocodone and analgesics that contain it. The move is the latest in a chain of actions taken by the FDA and other agencies to address a burgeoning U.S. crisis of addiction to opioid painkillers.
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Report: Worker Safety a Key Need as Construction Industry Rebounds
Business Insurance
A resurgent construction industry must better address issues of worker safety, according to a report released by Marsh Risk Consulting, a unit of Marsh Inc. Citing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report, "Building Safety and Leadership in the Construction Industry," notes that the construction industry's 2012 fatality rate increased to 9.5 per 100,000 workers from 9.1 per 100,000 in 2011. Indeed, the 775 construction-sector deaths recorded in 2012 marks the first annual increase in work-related fatalities since 2006, the report states.
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Early-Life Stress Suspected to Contribute to Development of Chronic Pain In Adulthood
News.Medical.net
Childhood neglect and abuse, whether physical or psychological, confers a lifetime vulnerability to stress, anxiety, and mood problems. Such early-life stress is also suspected to contribute to the development of chronic pain in adulthood.
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Research: Clinicians Influence Patients' Attitudes To Back Pain
University of Otago via Yahoo
Although people with low back pain consult with the Internet, family and friends for information and understanding of their symptoms, new research shows health care professionals appear to have the strongest influence on patients' attitudes and beliefs.
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US Employers Rank Stress As Top Workforce Risk Issue
Towers Watson
Stress is the No. 1 workforce risk issue, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity, according to the 2013/2014 Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey, conducted by global professional services company Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. However, only 15 percent of employers identify improving the emotional/mental health (i.e., lessening the stress and anxiety) of employees as a top priority of their health and productivity programs. While stress can energize workers to meet challenging goals, it can also overwhelm them and interrupt business performance. Despite the negative consequences, many employers do not fully understand employee views of its causes.
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