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Todd Krass To Lead AHA's Section For Psychiatric And Substance Abuse Services

Todd Krass, CEO of Research Belton Hospital in Belton, Mo., is the 2010 chair of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services, a constituency section representing 1, 300 behavioral health providers across the country that provides guidance in AHA's policy development and governance. During his one-year term as chair, Krass and a 16-person governing council will work with the AHA to identify ways to define and focus AHA policy, advocacy, public policy issues and member service strategies regarding health care systems. Krass has served as CEO of Research Belton Hospital, a 71-bed community hospital, since 2005.

Industry Documents Reveal The Truth About Alcohol Advertising, UK

Although the content of alcohol advertisements in the UK is restricted, an analysis of previously unseen industry documents published on bmj.com today, finds that advertisers are still managing to appeal to young people and promote drinking. Professor Gerard Hastings and colleagues show that companies are "pushing the boundaries" of the advertising code of practice and warn that the UK system of self regulatory controls for alcohol advertising is failing. Hastings and his team analysed a sample of internal marketing documents from four alcohol producers and their communications agencies. The documents were made available as part of the House of Commons Health Committee alcohol inquiry and included client briefs, media schedules, advertising budgets, and market research reports.

Nurses: Mandatory Alcohol Code Must Be Stronger, UK

Responding to the news that the government is to introduce a mandatory code on alcohol, which would ban promotions such as "all you can drink for 10" offers, Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said: "Nurses have been calling for a mandatory code for a long time, and this move to ban binge drinking promotions is a step in the right direction. However, the government should be taking bolder action to protect the health of the nation. "Minimum pricing and tighter regulations on labelling, sales and advertising should also be introduced within the mandatory code. In addition there should be widespread public-facing campaigns to educate people about the dangers of excessive drinking.

TruTouch Technologies Announces Successful Clinical Testing Of Next-Generation Finger-Touch Intoxication Detection System

TruTouch Technologies, a pioneer in non-invasive biometric intoxication detection systems, today announced that it has successfully carried out human clinical trials of its newest finger-touch detection system for alcohol intoxication, in collaboration with Lovelace Scientific Resources. The trial is intended to support continued product commercialization and new technology development for the device, called TruTouch 2000. TruTouch and Lovelace Scientific Resources carried out a comparison alcohol level detection study in 55 patients, comparing effectiveness and sensitivity of the newly developed TruTouch 2000 finger touch device with the TruTouch Guardian forearm device, breathalyzer and the current gold standard for intoxication detection, venous blood.

Swtich To Lower Alcohol Wine And Reduce Cancer Risk Says Research Charity

A cancer charity said on Monday that if people in the UK who regularly drank a large glass of wine a day were to switch to a lower alcohol alternative they could reduce their risk of bowel cancer by seven per cent. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), a charity that aims to raise awareness that cancer is largely preventable and find ways to help people make choices to reduce their chances of developing the disease, calculated that this would be the likely benefit of switching from regularly consuming a large (250 ml) glass of 14 per cent wine every day to a weaker wine containing only 10 per cent alcohol. Science Programme Manager for WCRF, Dr Rachel Thompson, told the media that: "From a cancer prevention point of view it is best not to drink at all.

Rice Responsible For Asians' Alcohol Flush Reaction

The mutation responsible for the alcohol flush reaction, an unpleasant response to alcohol that is relatively common in people of Asian descent, may have occurred following the domestication of rice. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology traced the history of the version of the gene responsible, finding that the ADH1B*47His allele appeared around the same time that rice was first cultivated in southern China. Bing Su, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, worked with a team of researchers to study 38 populations (2, 275 individuals) including Han Chinese, Tibetan and other ethnic populations across China. He said, "Our molecular dating suggests that the emergence of the ADH1B*47His allele occurred about 10, 000-7, 000 years ago.

Should Women Receive Assisted Reproduction Treatment If They Are Obese, Smoke Or Consume Alcohol?

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has published a position statement on the impact of the life style factors obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption on natural and medically assisted reproduction. In a literature study the ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law summarised the negative effects of obesity, smoking and drinking on the natural reproductive potential of patients, on IVF results, pregnancy complications and outcomes and finally on the health of the future child. The paper is published online today (19 January 2010) in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction (1). The group made five recommendations.

Used As Prescribed, Opioids Relieve Chronic Pain With Little Addiction Risk

Coping with chronic non-cancer pain is a way of life for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, many older adults, in particular, hesitate to take opioids a kind of narcotic for fear of addiction. However, a new review finds that taking opioids long term is associated with clinically significant pain relief in some patients with a very small risk of addition. "Not every patient has adequate pain relief, though, and side effects are intolerable for others, " said lead review author Meredith Noble. "There is a lack of consensus that opioids are safe and effective for people with chronic severe non-cancer pain, " Noble said. "We wanted to look at studies that treated people for six months or longer, given that chronic pain can go on for years.

Parkinson's Patients Who Are Pathological Gamblers Also Display Abnormal Social Behaviour

People with Parkinson's Disease are more likely to display abnormal social behaviour and make poor decisions in ambiguous circumstances if they are pathological gamblers, according to research in the January issue of the European Journal of Neurology. A number of studies have already associated pathological gambling with Parkinson's, suggesting that it is a frequent impulse control disorder associated mainly with dopamine replacement therapy. Researchers from the Raul Carrea Institute for Neurological Research (FLENI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, interviewed the immediate relatives of seven Parkinson's patients who were pathological gamblers. They also interviewed the families of 13 patients matched by age, sex, education and disease severity who did not gamble.

Youth Anticipate Early Death

As Atlanta officials aim to tackle the city's safety problems this year, some of their toughest criminals to stop maybe young offenders whose desires to commit crimes are being fueled by an anticipation of dying early. Georgia State University Criminal Justice experts Timothy Brezina, Volkan Topalli and economist Erdal Tekin, have released a unique study that indicates that although young criminals are aware of the risks of violent injury, death or punishment, the possibility of a shorter life span encourages them to focus more on the "here and now." "It turns out that if you boil it all down the more you think you are going to die young the more likely it is that you are going to engage in criminality and violence, " Topalli said.

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