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Proceed To Article Antabuse And Buprenorphine Effective Treatment For Opiate Addiction
It is estimated that more than 50 percent of individuals addicted to opiates such as heroin also are addicted to cocaine. A study in the Spring 2000 issue of Biological Psychiatry reports that combining buprenorphine with disulfiram (marketed as Antabuse and used in treating alcoholism) was more effective than buprenorphine alone in reducing cocaine use in persons with this dual addiction. More...

Proceed To Article Surveillance Of Infection With Salmonella Typhi
In Europe the main risk factor for infection with Salmonella typhi is travel, particularly to the Indian subcontinent. Similarly, while the levels of resistance to the antibiotics of choice (ciprofloxacin and third generation cephalosporins) are low, resistance can and does occur. Surveillance of salmonellosis, including antimicrobial resistance testing, is needed to monitor the evolution of antimicrobial resistance, and to provide clinicians, public health physicians, and policymakers with up to date information. Read Salmonella Typhi.

Proceed To Article Management Of New Onset Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia physicians face in clinical practice, accounting for about one-third of hospitalizations for arrhythmia. The prevalence of AF is 0.5 percent in those 50 to 59 years old and 8.8 percent in those 80 to 89 years old, and the incidence ranges from 0.2 percent per year in men 30 to 39 years old to 2.3 percent per year in men 80 to 89 years old. More...
Proceed To Article Direct Access To Specialists May Not Raise Managed Care Plans' Costs
Allowing managed care patients direct access to specialists may not increase physician costs for health plans, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The study of physician use by enrollees of an open-panel, point-of-service health maintenance organization (HMO) and of a closed-panel gatekeeper HMO found no evidence of higher expenditures for specialists or for physician services overall in the point-of-service (POS) plan. More...

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