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The number needed to treat to prevent one person from returning to any drinking was 11 for acamprosate and 18 for oral naltrexone, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis found.
14 Nov 2023
With routine use of a short screening tool, primary care physicians could more frequently flag emerging alcohol issues.
1 Mar 2023
With the pandemic's effects on drinking as a backdrop, public health initiatives like “Dry January” may be enticing to patients who want to pause their drinking and examine their habits.
1 Jan 2022
Recent studies found that the pandemic was associated with increases in alcohol use and internet searches for mental health issues. The rise of telemedicine meant fewer blood pressure and cholesterol evaluations, and hospitalizations for several non-COVID-19 conditions stayed below normal.
6 Oct 2020
An intervention in Washington state that encouraged primary care practices to screen all adult patients for alcohol use disorder increased the rate of new alcohol use disorder diagnoses from 28.8 to 33.8 per 10,000 patients per month.
7 Mar 2023
This month's issue addresses alcohol use and misuse, prescribing buprenorphine, and improving health care's response to future pandemics.
1 Mar 2023
A 36-year-old woman is evaluated during a routine wellness visit. She is asymptomatic and has no medical problems. Her mother has rheumatoid arthritis, and the patient is concerned that she might also develop the disease. Following a physical exam, what is most likely to reduce this patient's risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis?
23 May 2023
Alcohol use disorder is often linked to poverty, unemployment, social isolation, and other social determinants of health, and medicine must address these underlying factors to genuinely reduce the risks associated with alcohol.
1 Jul 2023
Analysis of a randomized trial of aspirin in healthy older patients found significantly increased risk of anemia, faster decline in hemoglobin concentrations, and greater decline in ferritin levels with aspirin versus placebo.
20 Jun 2023
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently concluded that for adults up to age 65 years, including those who are pregnant or postpartum, screening for anxiety is beneficial and should be conducted routinely in primary care.
1 Oct 2023