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WOEMA Launches New Website — www.woema.org
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The new WOEMA website was unveiled this month with rave reviews! Our new homepage greets visitors with a modern theme that provides a snapshot of WOEMA activities. Delve deeper and you will find further details on educational activities, including our annual WOHC conference in beautiful San Diego, CA. Visit the "About WOEMA" page and learn about the leadership and the various committees that welcome your engagement. Visitors will also note the newly designed WOEMA logo, which highlights our member states, and our mission "leadership, service, and education." We hope that you enjoy the new web page and are eager to hear your feedback.

WOEMA members — this is YOUR website, your hub, and your network to the digital world of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The WOEMA Website committee is passionate about the ability to help link colleagues and deliver vital information. If you have ideas or suggestions for the website, or are interested in joining the Website committee, please email Website committee chair, Dr. Sachin Kapoor at woema@woema.org, or tweet @WesternOEMA.

www.woema.org — give it a test-drive today!
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WOHC 2014 — Sailing Towards OEM Success: Practice Tools, Tips & Techniques
Registration is now open!

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“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” -William Arthur Ward

We find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented time of change and innovation. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has led to sweeping changes in the business of medicine, a dazzling array of innovative technologies, pharmaceuticals, and data analytics allow us to practice more effectively, and an ever-evolving body of scientific research leads us towards more efficient evidence-based practice. The Western Occupational Health Conference 2014 planning committee has worked tirelessly to assemble a staff of visionary speaking faculty that will keep you on the cutting edge of Occupational and Environmental Medicine with valuable insights that will enable our community to adjust its sails with the changing times. Please join us for what is sure to be an informative, fun, and rejuvenating experience in sunny San Diego, September 17th - 20th!

— WOHC 2014 Conference Chair, Erik Won DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM, The Boeing Company

Click to register online / Download WOHC 2014 Brochure
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Heading to San Antonio for AOHC?
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WOEMA will be hosting a member reception during AOHC 2014. All members are invited to attend the reception on Monday, April 28th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm at the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar located along the famous San Antonio RiverWalk.

Please RSVP to woema@woema.org by Monday, April 21st.
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American Thoracic Society Annual Conference: May 16 - 21, San Diego, CA
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Of particular interest to OEM professionals:
The American Thoracic Society’s Assembly on Environmental and Occupational Health in collaboration with the Assemblies of Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation as well as Clinical Problems will be sponsoring the Postgraduate Course “Update on Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease” on Saturday, May 17th as part of the 2014 International American Thoracic Society International Conference in 2014 in San Diego, CA. From well established entities such as work related asthma and pneumoconiosis to “novel” respiratory diseases such as among military personnel returning from overseas deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, the course reviews the occupational and environmental contribution to the burden of respiratory diseases. The unique impact of highly prevalent chronic respiratory disease on individual and the public safety is also reviewed. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration continues to encourage health care professionals to carefully assess and manage bus and truck drivers suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Topics also include occupational causes of lung cancer, respiratory infections.

Individuals can register for the postgraduate course alone.
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The Med Tech Corner with Dr. Dean Gean
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Epocrates, real-time pharmacopeia — an oldie AND a goodie!

Epocrates is used by 1 out of 2 physicians — this article is for those in the 2nd group. The Epocrates app (iOS, Android and Windows OS + online) solves the data glut problem seen in other pharmacopeias and delivers drug information that can be used in real time with your patients. The drug look up instantly lists all of that drug’s doses by disease, with contraindications, interactions and pregnancy/lactation information immediately available in a visually uncluttered format on your smart phone, tablet or computer.
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WOEMA Webinar: Latent TB diagnosis with the Quantiferon Assay
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On April 23, 2014, Dr. Madeline Slater will be speaking on Latent TB diagnosis with the Quantiferon assay- providing answers and raising questions. Attendees will be able: 1) to define IGRAs and describe how they are performed; 2) to define performance characteristics of IGRAs and compare to those of the TST; 3) to review guidelines on the usage of IGRAs and discuss clinical scenarios; 4) to describe the observed variability in serial testing; to list potential sources of variability; to describe quality assurance measures to minimize variability; and 5) to outline areas of clinical uncertainty.

Dr. Madeline L. Slater is currently a senior postdoctoral fellow for the Infectious Diseases Division at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has focused the past years primarily on IGRA research and has published multiple highly regarded journal articles from studies conducted both domestically and abroad.

CME webinars take place every other month: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Pacific Time

Upcoming Webinars for 2014:
June 25, 2014: Hypertension. Speaker: Joel Handler, MD
August 27, 2014: Power Neurology / FFD for Safety Sensitive Positions. Speaker: Jonathan Rutchik, MD
October 29, 2014: Climate Change: A Global Threat to Cardiopulmonary Health. Speaker: Kent Pinkerton, MD
December 17, 2014

Click here to visit the WOEMA Webinar webpage for more information.
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Why Using Painkillers to Treat Chronic Pain Could Totally Backfire
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A controversial new pain pill is slated to hit the market in March, and it's stirring discussion about whether it's wise to take prescription drugs for long-term pain at all.

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Dangerous Dust: Government Pushes to Improve Workplace Safety
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Workers who breathe in silica dust have twice the normal risk of lung cancer and often develop other lung-related diseases such as asthma. Yet the rules for working with this dust — generated by mining, fracking, brickwork, floor work and other types of industry — haven’t been updated since the early 1970s.
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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.
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Majority of Americans are Satisfied With the Healthcare System
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A new Gallup survey of 1,542 Americans, March 17, says 66 percent of those in the U.S. are satisfied with their current healthcare. The poll asked if the participants had health insurance and asked: "Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with how the healthcare system is working for you?"
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Low Back Pain and Resting-State Functional Connection
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The default mode network is a key area in the resting state, involving the posterior cingulate cortex, precuneus, medial prefrontal and lateral temporal cortices, and is characterized by balanced positive and negative connections classified as the "hubs" of structural and functional connectivity in brain studies. Resting-state functional connectivity MRI is based on the observation that brain regions exhibit correlated slow fluctuations at rest, and has become a widely used tool for investigating spontaneous brain activity.
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Balancing Safety and Legality with Guns and Marijuana in the Workplace
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With the recent passage of "bring your gun to work" laws and the legalization of recreational and/or medical marijuana across multiple states, it is increasingly difficult for employers to maintain a proper balance between ensuring a safe and productive workplace and complying with the protections afforded by these new statutes.
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