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August 20, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Maine Legislature Seems Poised to Return in Special Session to Consider Bills on the State's Child Protective Services System
MMA Membership to Consider Bylaw Amendments Establishing Student and Resident Sections at Annual Meeting
MMA Headquarters Undergoing Major Renovations
CDC: Drug overdoses killed 72,000 in 2017
Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine AM Best Rating Rises
Familial Hypercholesterolemia Common Among Those With French Canadian Ancestry
Another Vaccine Shown to Not Cause Autism
New AMA Website Urges Grassroots Advocacy on Prior Authorization Reform
MMA Senior Section Meets on August 22 with Presentation by Richard Kahn, M.D.
Register Today for 165th MMA Annual Session, Sept. 7-9 in Bar Harbor
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - registration open for August 21-Brewer & September 12-Auburn
MaineGeneral Offers X-waiver Training September 22
17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 21-23, 2018
Maine AAP Sponsors SBIRT Training Sessions
Hanley Center Offers New PELI Course Beginning in October
Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14th
Hanley Center Offers Next Level Leadership Seminar Series and Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Institute
Advanced Hanley Center Training Available for PELI and HLD Alumni
CMS National Training Program Workshop in Chicopee, MA
CMS National Training Program Workshop in New Hampshire
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth
Behavioral Health Consultant
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Medical Board Physician
Medical Director/Family Practice Physician - Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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Familial Hypercholesterolemia Common Among Those With French Canadian Ancestry

An article in the Lewiston Sun Journal states that the condition is ten times more common among those with French Canadian ancestry than it is in the general population. According to Cat Davis Ahmed, vice president of policy and outreach at the FH Foundation, significant gains have been made in treating this condition once it is identified.

Given the many pockets of French ancestry persons in Maine, clinicians would be well advised to keep an eye out for this condition, since individuals who get copies of the gene from both parents may well begin to develop heart disease in childhood.

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