Volume 7 Issue 201
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Jul-2005 
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NIAAA issues new Clinician’s Guide for Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has released a new guide for health care practitioners to help them identify and care for patients with heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders. more  

Clinician’s Guide for Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much 2005 (PDF)

This guide is written for primary care and mental health clinicians. It has been produced by the National Institute on Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, with guidance from physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and clinical researchers. more

Only 51 per cent of hospital staff followed hand washing guidelines before hygiene campaign

Hand washing among healthcare staff working in a large urban hospital improved by an average of 32 per cent after a six-week hygiene programme, according to a paper in the latest Journal of Advanced Nursing. more  

Healthy weight means healthier blood lipid profile in children, study finds

Maintaining a healthy weight in children may be one good way to keep a healthy blood lipid profile and a happy heart, a new study has found. more

Insulin resistance and increased risk for congestive heart failure  

New research indicates development of insulin resistance increases a person’s risk for development of congestive heart failure, according to a study in the July 20 issue of JAMA. more

AHRQ study finds weight-loss surgeries quadrupled in five years 

The number of Americans having weight-loss surgery more than quadrupled between 1998 and 2002—from 13,386 to 71,733—with part of the increase driven by a 900 percent rise in operations on patients between the ages of 55 and 64, according to a new study by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study appears in the July 12 issue of Health Affairs. more

Report finds high rates of cervical cancer indicate broader problems in access to care

A new report released today by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, finds that high rates of cervical cancer are indicators of larger problems in access to health care. The report also finds that cervical cancer mortality, which is higher in certain geographic areas and populations, is a marker for other health disparities. The authors of the new report, compiled by NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) and titled Excess Cervical Cancer Mortality: A Marker for Low Access to Health Care in Poor Communities, conclude that the nation’s public health system must improve its delivery of cervical cancer education, screening, and treatment and related health care to women at risk. more


NIAAA issues new Clinician’s Guide for Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much