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July 1, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
AMA President Patrice Harris, M.D. to Speak at Opioid Response Summit, July 15
MMA Offices Closed July 4-5
Congress Begins Consideration of Surprise Billing Legislation
Notice re: Medical Telemetry Devices
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Vaccine Law Opponents Seek "People's Veto"
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award Nominations Due by July 31
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
2019 Governor Mills Response to the Opioid Summit - July 15th
Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning July 17th
ACU Annual Conference is taking place in Washington, DC from July 28th-31st
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award Nominations Due by July 31
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Physician
Nurse Practitioner
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health
Physician Director of Primary Care

 
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This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA

Teen vaping in U.S., Canada on the rise

Reuters (6/28, Rapaport) reported that more Canadian and American teens are vaping, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers found that the “proportion of 16- to 19-year-olds who reported vaping in the past 30 days rose by almost 50% in the U.S. and nearly doubled in Canada, while remaining relatively constant in the UK.”

Most Americans have never been tested for HIV, CDC researchers say

CNN (6/28, Kim) reported, “Most Americans have never been tested for HIV,” research indicated. In a new report, the CDC “found that fewer than 40% of people in the United States have been screened for HIV. It recommends that all people 13 to 64 be tested at least once.” The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CDC issues warning over fecal parasite found in swimming pools

CNN (6/30, McLaughlin) reported that health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are calling for U.S. citizens to take precautions against fecal parasite cryptosporidium, or “crypto,” which is frequently transmitted in swimming pools and causes “profuse, watery diarrhea.” According to a statement from the CDC, “The number of treated recreational water-associated outbreaks caused by cryptosporidium drives the summer seasonal peak in both waterborne cryptosporidiosis outbreaks and cryptosporidiosis outbreaks overall.” The agency recommended that people in contact with livestock “wash their hands thoroughly” before entering a pool, and advised that anyone suffering from diarrhea “avoid swimming until at least two weeks after their diarrhea subsides.”

Researchers developing freeze-dried blood

The AP (6/29, Watkins) reported that University of Louisville researchers are experimenting with ways to “convert red blood cells into a longer-lasting powder that potentially could save the lives of soldiers, trauma patients and maybe even astronauts,” in the hopes of making donated blood “more easily stored and transported, in addition to allowing them to be stockpiled for longer periods of time.” The process preserves the cells “through freezing and dehydration,” or freeze-drying, and them turning them into a powder which “remains viable at a wider range of temperatures than donated blood, which has to be refrigerated.” According to lead researchers Jonathan Kopechek and Michael Menze, NASA has expressed interest in the project, and is “is providing $275,000 in funding so they can test the process of rehydrating the freeze-dried red blood cells during flights that simulate zero gravity.”


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