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JOSEPH S. ANDRESEN, MD Editor, The Bulletin

Bringing You Up-to-Date On A Number of Important Topics By Joseph S. Andresen, MD Editor, The Bulletin

ver and was recognized as the state capitol. Eiffel of the Eiffel Tower designed a tower that still stands in the town center. However, many of the town’s inhabitants died, leaving it a virtual ghost town. Thousands died from mercury and arsenic poisoning that was found in the ore and also used in the extraction process of both gold and silver. Today, El Triunfo has only a population of a few hundred and is beginning to slowly rebound with tourism and its remarkable history. Dr. Shea describes a similar event in the 1800s just south of San Jose, CA. Maybe in the future we won’t need to think about ICD codes. However, for the present time, they remain an integral part of our medical lives in describing proper diagnosis, treatment, and billing. Learn more about ICD-10!


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April showers bring May flowers! Rain, rain, and more rain for all of us in California, these past few weeks, and snow in the Sierras for a brief but much-appreciated ski season. As summer approaches, we look forward to longer days, warmer nights, and a bit of respite from our busy schedules. Our May-June Bulletin will bring you up-to-date on a number of important topics. I was disappointed to miss the 2014 Western Health Care Leadership Academy this past month. However, the next best thing to being there is to read the excellent article describing the enthusiasm of the 700 attendees, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ideas on the broken reimbursement system for physicians, and hear Covered California Director Peter Lee’s bumpy ride during the introduction of the Affordable Care Act. Joseph S. Andresen, MD, is the editor of The Bulletin. He is board Dental care is as integral to good health as is medical care. And as we certified in anesthesiology and is currently practicing in the Santa all know, sugar tastes good, but isn’t the best for our dental health. It’s not Clara Valley area. often that we get an update from our dental colleagues. This month, we include an update on the dental effects and comparison of 18th natural sugars and sugar subAnnuAl stitutes. A number of years ago, my father, afflicted with bothersome hip pain, was diagnosed as having fibromyalgia. This chronic pain syndrome was an enigma to me, until I learned more about it. Dr. Davidson, a retired rheumatologist, has just written May 29 - 31, 2015 • Hollywood, CA • Loews Hollywood Hotel a book on the topic and he shares his knowledge with us REGISTER ONLINE @ WESTERNLEADERSHIPACADEMY.COM in an illuminating excerpt. During a recent trip to Baja, Mexico, I visited El Triunfo, a small town two hours north of Cabo San Lucas. In the 1800s, it was a bustling city of thousands seeking their fortune in gold and sil-



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