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Study Supports Using Lungs Transplanted From Smokers

People who receive a lung transplanted from a smoker live longer than people who need a transplant and don’t receive one, a new study finds.

New York Emergency Room Visits Related to Drinking on the Rise

The number of visits to New York public hospital emergency rooms that are related to drinking shot up from almost 8,000 to 15,620 in five years, the New York Daily News reports.

Video Game Trains Doctors to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

A new video game helps doctors learn how to determine if patients asking for painkillers truly need them. The game is part of an effort at Northwestern University in Chicago to help physicians fight prescription drug abuse.

NIH Chooses 11 Health Professional Schools as Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

Eleven health professional schools have been chosen by the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium to be designated Centers of Excellence in Pain Education. These centers will enhance and improve how health professionals are taught about pain and its treatment.

New Guidelines Recommend Yearly CT Scans for Older Heavy Smokers

New guidelines published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association recommend that older current or former heavy smokers receive yearly CT scans to detect lung cancer.

New Steps Pediatricians Can Take to Reduce Teen Substance Use

Teens who complete a five-minute computer screening program that includes six questions about alcohol and drug use, and who talk with their pediatrician briefly about the results, reduce their risk of drinking up to one year later, according to a new study.

Stolen or Fabricated Prescription Pads Play Role in Surge in Painkiller Abuse

Stolen or fabricated prescription pads are contributing to the surge in prescription drug abuse, experts say. There is a growing call for computer systems that directly link doctors to pharmacies, to avoid this problem.

Choosing Treatment for Pregnant Women Addicted to Opioids

Doctors caring for pregnant women addicted to opioids may face a difficult choice—should they treat with methadone or buprenorphine? Physicians must consider the individual circumstances of the mother, says Karol Kaltenbach, PhD, Director of Maternal Addiction Treatment Education and Research at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Kentucky Medicaid Provider to Stop Paying for Buprenorphine to Treat Opioid Addiction

A Medicaid provider in Kentucky has announced it will stop paying for the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine. A doctor who prescribes the medication says the company’s decision could lead to serious complications, relapse and even overdose deaths.

Ohio Announces New Emergency Room Guidelines to Restrict Painkiller Prescriptions

Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced new guidelines to fight prescription drug abuse, which aim to restrict painkiller prescriptions written in hospital emergency rooms.

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