Helping patients who drink too much: A clinician's guide
The updated guide, Helping patients who drink too much: A clinician's guide, includes a new medications management program that consists of brief, structured outpatient sessions designed for easy use in nonspecialty outpatient settings by physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. Applying the Guideís medication management approach in nonspecialty settings will greatly expand access to effective treatment, since many patients with alcohol dependence either donít have access to specialty treatment or refuse referrals to specialists. Other Guide updates include: a new handout with strategies to help patients cut down on drinking or quit; a new page on the NIAAA web site devoted to the Guide and supporting resources for clinicians and patients; and information about a newly approved, injectable drug to treat alcohol dependence.
Doctors neglect insomnia in older patients
The sleep problems of older people are often not addressed by their primary care physicians, even though treatment of those sleep disorders could improve their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life. more
Anthrax attack posed greater potential threat than thought
A new study shows that more people were at risk of anthrax infection in the Oct. 2001 attack on U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle's office than previously known. The research is published in the January 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. On the other hand, the study shows, prompt intervention with antibiotics and vaccination appeared to be highly effective against the disease. more
Feeling tired? You may be less likely to get hurt, MU researcher says
Sleepiness and sleep deprivation have long been associated with an increased risk of injury. However, the results of a recent study by a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher suggest that this commonly accepted theory might not be true. more
Should smokers be refused surgery?
Last year a primary care trust announced it would take smokers off waiting lists for surgery in an attempt to contain costs. In this week's BMJ, two experts go head to head over whether smokers should be refused surgery.
Radiation therapy combo cures prostate cancer long-term
Seventy-four percent of men treated with a combination of radiation seed implants and external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer are cured of their disease 15 years following their treatment, according to a study released today in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO. more
Scientists discover how maternal smoking can cause cleft lip and palate
Scientists supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, report that women who smoke during pregnancy and carry a fetus whose DNA lacks both copies of a gene involved in detoxifying cigarette smoke substantially increase their baby's chances of being born with a cleft lip and/or palate. more
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