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Alcohol Use Disorder Diagnosis Stable From DSM-IV to DSM-5

Alcohol Use Disorder Diagnosis Stable From DSM-IV to DSM-5

The diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder in the DSM-5 and DSM-IV match up clinically.

Opioid Weaning for Pediatric Patients

Opioid Weaning for Pediatric Patients

Weaning from continuous opioid infusion can result in withdrawal and associated adverse effects.

Identifying Patients Who Need Higher Methadone Doses

Identifying Patients Who Need Higher Methadone Doses

Polymorphism at the level of drug receptors, transporters, or other proteins involved in drug metabolism or action may dampen a drug's efficacy or increase its toxicity.

Opioid Use Growing Among Pregnant Women

Opioid Use Growing Among Pregnant Women

The increase in cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome corresponds with the reported rise in opioid use during pregnancy.

Naltrexone-Assisted Detox vs Buprenorphine Taper for Opioid Dependence

Naltrexone-Assisted Detox vs Buprenorphine Taper for Opioid Dependence

Researchers compared 2 treatment methods in 150 individuals seeking outpatient treatment for prescription opioid or heroin dependence.

Substance Abuse Associated With Greater Risk of Adolescent Firearm Homicide

Substance Abuse Associated With Greater Risk of Adolescent Firearm Homicide

Firearm violence disproportionately affects adolescents in minority populations in large US cities.

FDA Removing Black Box Warnings on Smoking Cessation Drugs

FDA Removing Black Box Warnings on Smoking Cessation Drugs

The US Food and Drug Administration has determined that varenicline and bupropion pose a lower risk of serious mental health side effects than was previously thought.

Uncovering Undiagnosed HIV in Heterosexuals: Examining Behavioral Intervention

Uncovering Undiagnosed HIV in Heterosexuals: Examining Behavioral Intervention

Barriers to HIV testing include distrust of medical settings, fear of HIV stigma, and substance use problems.

Drug Combo For Quitting Smoking That Minimizes Weight Gain

Drug Combo For Quitting Smoking That Minimizes Weight Gain

Researchers found that lorcaserin combined with varenicline minimized weight gain and waist circumference increases.

AHA: Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Increases Atherosclerosis Risk

AHA: Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Increases Atherosclerosis Risk

The extent of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure was linked to atherosclerosis in asymptomatic never smokers.

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