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2010-06-24 08:48:00

OTTAWA, June 24 /PRNewswire/ - The Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 143rd annual meeting (General Council) will be all about patient-centred care as delegates will converge in Niagara Falls, ON from August 23 to 25, 2010 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. This year's General Council theme is Change that Works. Care that Lasts. Key features of the meeting include a presentation by Canada's Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, on the need to improve accountability and responsibility in the...

2010-06-22 14:27:11

The recent revelation that the chair of the board of Canada's International Development Research Agency (IDRC) was a tobacco executive until April 2010 sends an unfortunate message to the world that tobacco control is no longer a priority, states an editorial http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/doi/10.1503/cmaj.100850 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "There is simply no place for the tobacco industry on the development and poverty agenda," writes Dr. Paul Hebert, Editor-in-Chief, CMAJ,...

2010-06-22 12:46:59

Under the principles of reasonable apprehension of bias, the appointment of Dr. Bernard Prigent to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) may be considered untenable, states an analysis article published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100307.pdf. Dr. Prigent, an executive with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Canada, was appointed in October 2009 to the Governing Council of CIHR,...

2010-06-07 14:12:29

A new emergency review tool will help research ethics boards and institutions to expedite research while respecting the procedures of ethics reviews, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj090976.pdf. Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, which focused international attention on emergency preparedness for public health threats, highlighted the need for timely research. However, there are challenges to combining speed and...

2010-06-01 13:30:00

Canada needs to change its approach to mentally ill prisoners as correctional facilities worldwide contain a higher percentage of people with mental illness than the general population, states an editorial (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100405.pdf in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) . Training of correctional staff, treatment programs for inmates and accurate data on the prevalence and consequences of mental health problems can help alleviate issues for...

2010-04-12 13:49:16

Canada needs minimum training standards for laser hair removal operators, as currently anyone, trained or not, can legally operate a laser machine for hair removal in Canada, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). In Canada, no license is required to operate a laser hair removal machine and training is usually provided by the manufacturer. Only the machine itself is licensed by Health Canada. "Although controlled trials of laser hair removal have shown that severe...

2010-03-15 13:58:33

Public safety should win against personal choice especially when it comes to elderly seniors who shouldn't drive, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Seniors can be the safest drivers but that decreases with age as a growing number of medical conditions can lower a person's ability to drive. By 2025, one in four Canadians will be 65 or older. "Just as planning for job retirement is the social norm, we should be planning for driving retirement by creating...

2010-03-15 13:57:19

Large amounts of frozen plasma are being used inappropriately, states a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). There has been increased attention given to the clinical use of red blood cells and platelets but not enough has been paid to the use of frozen plasma. "Two recent studies in Canada found that 45% and 48% of audited frozen plasma transfusions represented inappropriate use, according to published guidelines," write Dr. Peter Pinkerton, Department of Clinical...

2010-03-08 14:28:08

Computer reminders to physicians regarding prescribing produce much smaller improvements than initially expected, found a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Computerized systems for entering orders and electronic medical records are the two most widely recommended improvements in health care. These systems offer the opportunity to improve practice by delivering reminders, such as prescribing alerts, to clinicians caring for patients. The study, a systematic review of 28...

2010-02-16 14:01:25

The preferences of pet owners should not replace the well-being of their fellow passengers, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Pets can be accommodated comfortably and safely in airplane cargo holds, which is where they belong. Airlines must choose to put the needs of their human passengers first, or be forced to do so. Air travel has become increasingly difficult, with tightened security restrictions and a decreased number of services. But now Air Canada is...


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2012-05-18 15:28:08

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The journal’s establishment likely would not have been without the foresight of Andrew Macphail, chair of the history of medicine at McGill University and editor of the Montreal Medical Journal. At the 1907 annual meeting, he argued that “without a journal to express its views and record its proceedings the association would have little impact.”  With...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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