Naltrexone use decreases the risk of hospitalization in persons with alcohol use disorder

Naltrexone, used either alone or together with disulfiram or acamprosate, is associated with a decreased risk of hospitalization due to alcohol use disorder (AUD) when compared with non-use of AUD drugs, a new register-based study shows. The same associations were noticed for hospitalization due to any cause. Disulfiram use and polytherapy with two or more […]

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More health inequality: Black people are 3 times more likely to experience pulse oximeter errors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have purchased small devices called pulse oximeters for use in their home—based on well-intentioned recommendations from health care providers and the media. Pulse oximeters are devices, usually placed on a person’s finger, used to noninvasively measure oxygen levels in the blood. Clinics and hospitals, for example, use them regularly […]

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Coercive collection of DNA is unethical and damaging to the future of medical research

The compulsory collection of DNA being undertaken in some parts of the world is not just unethical, but risks affecting people’s willingness to donate biological samples and thus contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and the development of new treatments, says a paper published in the European Journal of Human Genetics. Citing abuses being […]

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