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Doctor cautions against denial of the opioid epidemic
When a family physician moved to a new rural community, she was unprepared for the constant flow of patients seeking prescriptions for opioids. In this essay, she recounts her patients denial and anger and her own feelings of frustration and burnout as she tried to balance good medical care with the wants of her patients. A turning point came when she received training in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Her role transformed from a villa ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Who should treat patients with opioid use disorder?
In a Point Counterpoint, two doctors debate whether or not family physicians should provide medication-assisted treatment to their patients with opioid use disorder. Family physician David Loxterkamp states that family medicine, with its focus on relationships, communities, and team-based care, must be at the forefront of treating patients touched by this epidemic. Because family physicians know how to listen, care, and be present for their patients, Loxte ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Deprescribing in primary care runs counter to medical culture
Although deprescribing tapering and withdrawing medicines when risks outweigh potential benefits is essential to best prescribing practices, it runs counter to patient expectations, medical culture, and organizational factors. In a qualitative study of 24 primary care physicians in Auckland, New Zealand, participants recognized the importance of deprescribing for older patients, while identifying many barriers and few incentives to the practice. Less exper ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Insured patients have limited access to behavioral health care
A health plan s ability to offer access to clinicians in primary and specialty care is crucial to ensuring access to care. New research finds that access to outpatient behavioral health care varies widely depending on insurance company and level of training, 10-59 percent of clinicians can offer a new patient appointment, with psychiatry appointments particularly difficult to schedule. Using a secret shopper method, three researchers made 1,932 calls to be ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Training/support have ongoing impact on delivery of alcohol intervention
In primary care settings, training and support of clinicians has a lasting effect on the proportion of adult patients given an alcohol intervention at nine months. A cluster randomized factorial trial spanning four countries England, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden and the Catalonia region compares three strategies to increase delivery of screening and advice to heavy drinkers clinician training and support, financial reimbursement, and an option to di ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Programs that teach emotional intelligence in schools have lasting impact
Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later, according to new research from UBC, University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University. Social-emotional learning programs teach the skills that children need to succeed and thrive in life, said Eva Oberle, an assistant professor at UBC s Human Early Learning Partnership in ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Chlamydia screening drops after change in cervical cancer screening guideline
A 2012 cervical cancer screening guideline change is associated with reduced testing for cervical cancer and chlamydia and reduced identification of chlamydia cases in young women. Screening for chlamydia, the most commonly-diagnosed bacterial sexually transmitted infection worldwide, is often conducted with cervical cancer screening. Using population-based physician billing claims data and public health surveillance data, researchers in Ontario, Canada as ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Your Hands May Reveal the Struggle to Maintain Self-Control
It takes just a few seconds to choose a cookie over an apple and wreck your diet for the day. But what is happening during those few seconds while you make the decision In a new study, researchers watched in real time as people s hands revealed the struggle they were under to choose the long-term goal over short-term temptation. The work, forthcoming in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science , represents a new approa ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Jul 12
Minority Students and the Culture of Research
The practice of science has always been integral to understanding ourselves and the world around us. But students who are just beginning their scientific careers may find that the day-to-day working environment doesn t always reflect science s connection to the world as well as it should. Recognizing the dearth of minority students in scientific fields, Dustin B. Thoman San Diego State University , Gregg A. Muragashi Stanford University , and APS Fellow Je ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Jul 12
Visual Illusion Could Help You Read Smaller Font
Exposure to a common visual illusion may enhance your ability to read fine print, according to new research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . We discovered that visual acuity the ability to see fine detail can be enhanced by an illusion known as the expanding motion aftereffect while under its spell, viewers can read letters that are too small for them to read normally, says psychological scientis ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Jul 12
Lutein and zeaxanthin isomers benefits during high screen exposure
Morristown, N.J., July 10, 2017 - An exciting new peer reviewed publication based on ongoing research on macular carotenoids from the University of Georgia demonstrates that supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin isomers can protect against a growing issue among the general population -- the undesirable effects of prolonged exposure to high-energy blue light emitted from digital screens of computers, tablets and smartphones. Lutein and zeaxanthin isome ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 10
On-site ecstasy pill-testing services may reduce user risks at concerts and ra...
Johns Hopkins scientists report that data collected over five years by volunteers who tested pills free of charge at music festivals and raves across the United States suggest that at least some recreational users of illegal drugs may choose not to take them if tests show the pills are adulterated or fake. Their findings, published online July 10 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology , also revealed that pills purported to be a purer and safer version of th ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jul 10
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