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Role-playing technology assists health providers in substance use screening

April 16, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Use of health simulation technology is helping physicians, nurses and other general health providers take on what can be uncomfortable conversations with patients about substance use.

Major jump in eating disorders screening projected

February 27, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week organizers are aiming to have 100,000 individuals participate in free online screenings during this year's campaign.

Specialty provider sees increasingly receptive audience in general medicine for addiction training

January 5, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The medical director at Caron Treatment Centers reports that today's young physicians are much more likely than their predecessors to address patients' substance use concerns head-on.

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.

A one-question screen may be all that physicians need

April 15, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) indicates that primary care physicians can effectively identify alcohol use problems via a one-question screen.

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.

Amen's research on TBI, PTSD named as a top science story

February 9, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Daniel Amen, MD's research showing the ability to use imaging to distinguish between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been named one of the top 20 science stories of 2015 by a national magazine.

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.

Tucson center prioritizes monitoring of patients' sleep patterns

January 12, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
Sabino Recovery has taken the uncommon step of establishing an on-site sleep lab to uncover potential problems that may complicate patients' treatment success.

New WestCare facility addresses need for triage services

December 28, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
A new WestCare Nevada facility in Las Vegas should ease the strain on hospital emergency rooms that are experiencing increases in cases involving addiction and mental health needs.

Pennsylvania conducts awareness trainings for addiction professionals on hepatitis C

December 18, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
With more promising hepatitis C treatments now available, state health officials in Pennsylvania are intensifying the push for more widespread testing, including at addiction treatment centers.

Unlikely partners ignite innovative opioid treatment project in D.C.

November 16, 2015  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
The leaders of an integrated care initiative for buprenorphine patients in an underserved area of Washington, D.C., are a urologist and a former medical director in a methadone treatment setting.


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