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Some doctors pursuing genetic clues to medication response or misuse

September 1, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Predictive testing to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of opioids and other medications appears to have wide applicability in many sectors of healthcare.

Significant prevalence of gabapentin misuse seen in pain patients

August 5, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Data presented this week at a national scientific meeting indicate that a significant number of prescription opioid users are misusing the anti-seizure medication gabapentin.

Testing company launches trial in screening for genetic variables in drug response

July 22, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
InSource Diagnostics is recruiting patients for a study employing urine testing to help determine which patients have a genetic mutation affecting response to drugs such as opioids.

Companies struggle to interpret marijuana test results

June 24, 2016  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
The inability of conventional drug testing to evaluate marijuana impairment creates uncertainty in the workplace testing environment.

Texas still poised to drug-test unemployment seekers

March 24, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A lengthy wait for federal guidance does not appear to have deterred Texas leaders in pursuing plans for drug testing of some applicants for unemployment benefits.

Some nightclub and festival goers are unwittingly exposed to bath salts

February 22, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Research based on hair samples taken from young adults attending nightclubs or dance festivals has found significant exposure to synthetic cathinones among individuals using Ecstasy/Molly.

Findings document difficulty of determining marijuana-related impairment

January 28, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Tests performed on adults before, during and after driving in a simulator illustrate the challenge of using blood THC concentration data to evaluate impairment while driving.

Marijuana laws breed workplace skittishness

January 21, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Although courts continue to uphold employers' rights to penalize workers for positive drug tests for marijuana, some say that message doesn't always make it to businesses in states that have allowed some legal use.

A voluntary guideline on opioid prescribing for chronic pain spurs intense interest

January 18, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been inundated with comments on an entirely voluntary guideline designed to minimize risk associated with prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.

Study identifies alcohol-associated risk in e-cigarettes

January 12, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
New research warns of potential problems associated with alcohol content in the composition of some electronic cigarettes.

Dallas-area center initiates improvements to consolidate medical services

January 8, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Leaders of Enterhealth say the medical service enhancements at its campus will improve the capacity to introduce new approaches as evidence of their effectiveness emerges.

Best Practices in the Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

November 30, 2015  |  Adam Armstrong
In the addiction treatment field, co-occurring disorders means having a patient who is experiencing two distinct brain diseases at the same the time, which can create especially unique challenges for clinicians during treatment. Join Mary Woods, CEO of...


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