Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/28/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  New Maine CDC Director Appointed
•  Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Doctors Without Borders in Portland May 28th
•  MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
•  AMA Hires First Chief Health Equity Officer
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 28th
•  Repeal of non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Becomes Law, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - May 29 in Brewer, June 5 in Augusta
•  Free MAT Training at CMMC June 1
•  Topics in Gastroenterology 2019 Update - June 1, 2019 Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine (6 CME)
•  MaineGeneral Xwaiver Training for Staff - June 3
•  Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
•  2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
•  The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29
•  Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA

Click through for a brief update on recent public health issues, provided by the American Medical Association's electronic publication, Morning Rounds. [This article is updated weekly.]


  Almost two-thirds of U.S. adult e-cigarette users want to quit

HealthDay (5/23, Preidt) reports that “nearly two-thirds of American adults who use electronic cigarettes want to quit using the devices, a new study” published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research suggests. The “examination of data from a representative sample of [e-cigarette] users found that more than 60% said they want to quit using the devices, and 16% said they planned to quit in the next month.” Over “25% said they’d tried to quit using e-cigarettes in the past year.” The piece adds that study author Rachel Rosen said, “The strategies that people reported using to quit e-cigarettes include many of the strategies we recommend for quitting traditional cigarettes, such as FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or medications, counseling, and social support.”

Study gives insight into how superbugs “outsmart” antibiotics

The Los Angeles Times (5/23, Baumgaertner) reports a new study published Thursday in the journal Science gives insight into how superbugs “repel” modern medicines. Researchers found that a “two-part system allows bacterial cells to stay alive until another bacterium can deliver a lifeline, packaged in a snippet of DNA.” According to the article, “now that scientists understand the mechanics of plasmid transfers, they can try to create new treatments that attack the multidrug efflux pumps that allow resistance to spread.”

Texas legislature passes tobacco 21 legislation

The Dallas Morning News (5/21, Selby) reports that “only Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature is required for Texas to join more than a dozen states in requiring purchasers of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to be 21 years old.” The state Senate agreed on Tuesday “to House changes and sent Abbott a bill that would raise the legal sales age for such products from 18.” The bill includes “an exception for young members of the armed services.”

Azar blames complacency with public health for decline in vaccination rates

The Washington Examiner (5/21, Morrison) reports that on Tuesday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar “blamed falling vaccination rates...on not just misinformation but also unwarranted satisfaction about the public’s health.” During an address to the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, Azar said, “Vaccines are safe, effective, and lifesaving. ... But around the world, complacency among the public, coupled with misunderstanding and misinformation, is causing vaccination rates to decline, with tragic results,” noting that “insurgent groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo spread misinformation about the Ebola vaccine. Terrorists in Pakistan do the same, preventing children from receiving the polio vaccine.” Azar also indicated that “HHS has ramped up education programs in an effort to dispel conspiracy theories about vaccinations among hesitant parents.”

Cholesterol levels in U.S. children, teens have improved, study suggests

The AP (5/21, Tanner) reports, “Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal,” researchers concluded after looking at “1999-2016 government surveys of 26,000 kids aged six to 19 who had home interviews, physical exams and lab tests.” The study revealed that approximately one in four teenagers and one in five “younger children had unhealthy levels of at least one of type of blood fat, including cholesterol and triglycerides.” The findings were published in JAMA.