This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.




Text Version    RSS    Subscribe    Unsubscribe    Archive    Media Kit July 17, 2014


 


WOEMA NEWS

WOEMA Webinar: The Occupational Neurology Fitness for Duty Evaluation for the Safety Sensitive Worker
WOEMA
On August 27, 2014, Dr. Jonathan Rutchik will be speaking on The Occupational Neurology Fitness for Duty Evaluation for the Safety Sensitive Worker.

Occupational Medicine practitioners are often faced with challenging decisions when a patient with nonindustrial neurological conditions requests a return to work. Many of these are commercial drivers, police officers, fire fighters, hazardous waste workers, or aviation pilots where there is a potential safety risk to self or others. In fact the newest FMCSA, NFPA and FAA regulations require clearance from a “neurologist who understands the functions and demands of commercial driving.” In this presentation, Dr. Jonathan Rutchik, an ACOEM fellow, Associate Professor in Occupational Medicine at UCSF and physician board certified in both Neurology and Occupational Medicine, will discuss neurological conditions such as head trauma, stroke and seizure, multiple sclerosis, tremor and medication use in patients with safety sensitive positions. By participating in this webinar, the participant will become familiar with the algorithms necessary when evaluating these patients and when a neurologist consultation is necessary.

Objectives:
  • Define safety sensitive positions in the workplace, the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and which neurological conditions are commonly of concern in this arena
  • Define the most important issues regarding neurological conditions and an employee's risk to self or others
  • Interpret how neuroepidemiology can help with predicting risk in neurological patients so as to appropriately judge their fitness in an era of the ADA
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Rutchik is a physician board certified in both neurology and occupational and environmental medicine. An ACOEM fellow and Associate Professor at UCSF, he evaluates and treats injured workers and those exposed to industrial or environmental agents in his private practice in five locations in the San Francisco bay area. Dr. Rutchik also provides expert consulting on various topics related to Occupational and Environmental Neurology and Clinical Neurotoxicology including fitness for duty in commercial drivers, firefighters, police and aviators as well as disability and chronic pain and neurological trauma.

Click to register online or visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
The iPhone-enabled artificial pancreas is coming in short order
The iPhone enabled wearable artificial pancreas is coming sooner than you might think (possibly within 3 years). The New England Journal of Medicine published last month an article on two 5-day, random order, crossover studies on outpatients using a fully automated, wearable, bi-hormonal (insulin plus glucagon) “bionic” pancreas. This is done on Type-I diabetics (20 adults and 32 adolescents, all with IDDM > 1 year), equipped with the bionic pancreas with results showing the bionic pancreas did better than crossover standard of treatment with a reduction of mean glucose level (138 versus 157) and reduction a number of hypoglycemic episodes when using the device.
read more
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


SPONSORED CONTENT

Set sail towards OEM success!
September 17–20 in Sunny San Diego


Have you registered yet?
Only two months until WOHC 2014!

Post-Graduate Sessions, Worksite Tours and Special Events are filling up fast. Don't wait until it's too late. Register TODAY!

Click here for Coronado Marriott Resort & Spa Hotel information and reservations
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


FEATURED ARTICLE
TRENDING ARTICLE
MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
Opioid Abuse Crackdown Puts Heroin Back in Style
American Medical News
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.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
States Rebel Against Powerful New Painkiller
The Associated Press via ABC News
State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
California Injured Workers Medical Costs Moderated Before Reforms
Insurance Journal
A study issued by the Workers Compensation Research Institute shows medical costs for injured workers in California moderated before sweeping reforms were implemented.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more


INDUSTRY NEWS


Alcohol Use Disorder Linked to Decreased 'Work Trajectory' in Study
Occupational Health & Safety
According to a recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, workers with alcohol use disorders are more likely to have a flat or declining “work trajectory,” the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine said in a statement.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Does Obesity Reduce Spinal Disc Height? 5 Things to Know
Becker's Spine Review
A study recently published in Spine examined whether obesity is associated with reduced disc height in the lumbar spine. The researchers examined 72 patients from a community-based study of musculoskeletal health and they found.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


North Carolina, Workers' Compensation is Not an Immigration Control Device
Workers' Compensation
There was a time in the United States when we welcomed those wanting to build a better life for themselves and their family. However, we controlled that process. There were legal mechanisms allowing their entrance. We monitored the gates, screening for disease and other issues (think Ellis Island). And the immigrants coming here were anxious to both assimilate into their new culture and work hard for a better life. They learned the language and traditions of the land.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Why Using Painkillers to Treat Chronic Pain Could Totally Backfire (Business Insider)
The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean (iMedicalApps.com — a great website for Mobile medical App reviews.)
SPECT/CT Reveals Best Treatment for Low Back Pain (Medical Xpress)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Low Back Pain? Don't Blame the Weather
ScienceDaily
Sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation, researchers have determined. These findings indicate that the risk of low back pain slightly increases with higher wind speed or wind gusts, but was not clinically significant.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Opioid Abuse Crackdown Puts Heroin Back in Style
American Medical News
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. Such increased scrutiny about opioid misuse has prompted some physicians to be cautious about prescribing pain medicine to patients. An unintended consequence of the closer watch on pain medication is an uptick in heroin use among people who no longer can access legal opioids, say pain and addiction specialists.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


 

WOEMA eNews
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Caleb Gremmer, Content Editor, 469.420.2648  
Contribute news

Be sure to add us to your address book or safe sender list so our emails get to your inbox. Learn how.

This edition of the WOEMA Window was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here — it's free!
Recent issues
June 19, 2014
May 15, 2014



7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063