Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 10/21/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala Headlines Week of Activities at MMA
•  Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot
•  Surprise Medical Bills: Physicians Want Market-Based Fixes
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  News From The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
•  MMA Gala October 26th - Tickets Still Available
•  MaineCare Adds Buprenorphine/Naloxone Tablets to Preferred List
•  Still Time to Register for MICIS/Qualidigm Opioid Webinars
•  MMA "Listening Session" in Portland on Friday, October 25
•  Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17th Honors Lani Graham, M.D.
•  From The Alzheimer's Association: Diagnosing Patients with Dementia
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  CDC to offer webinar on new law requiring Lead Testing for all 1 & 2 year olds - October 21
•  MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update 10/24 Dedham, 10/30 Portland, 3 November Dates
•  Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
•  Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
•  Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
•  Medical Director - Bucksport, ME
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  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.]

 

 

Early menopause may be associated with heart attack, stroke before age 60, study suggests

Reuters (10/18, Rapaport) reported, “Women who go through menopause earlier in life may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than their counterparts who go through menopause later on,” investigators concluded after examining “data from 15 observational studies with a total of more than 300,000 women, including almost 13,000 women who survived events like a heart attack or stroke after menopause.” The findings were published online in The Lancet Public Health.

Young people are having less sex, contracting greater number of STDs, research suggests

The Wall Street Journal (10/18, McGinty, Subscription Publication) reported that young people are reportedly having less sex compared to older generations at the same age, while contracting a higher number of sexually transmitted diseases. A CDC report found that cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis rose to an all-time high, and half of the reported cases occurred in those ages 15 to 24.

Rates of crash fatalities involving kids on bikes or on foot continue to decline each year, researchers say

Reuters (10/18, Crist) reported, “Although motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for U.S. children, rates of crash fatalities involving kids on bikes or on foot continue to decline each year,” research indicated. After reviewing data from 2000 to 2014 “from 26 states,” investigators found that “crashes declined by 40% for child pedestrians and 53% for child cyclists.” The findings were published online in the journal Injury Prevention.

Study: People exposed to more sources of stress in utero and early childhood may be more sensitive to pain by early adulthood

Reuters (10/18, Rapaport) reported, “People who were exposed to more sources of stress in the womb and early childhood may be more sensitive to pain by early adulthood than their counterparts with little or no exposure to stress early on,” research indicated. The findings of the 1,065-participant study were published online in the journal PAIN.

Physical fitness may lower lung cancer risk among current and former male smokers, study indicates

Reuters (10/18, Rapaport) reported researchers found that “men who are current or former smokers may be less likely to develop or die from lung cancer when they’re more physically fit.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.