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1st April, 2017
ACP terms substance use disorders as chronic medical conditions
Substance use disorders related to illicit and prescription drugs, including opioids, are chronic medical conditions that are treatable through public and individual health interventions, says the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new policy statement published online March 27, 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The new ACP policy statement includes public policy recommendations for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders involving illicit and prescription drugs. Some of the key recommendations to combat the epidemic of prescription drug misuse are as follows:
  • Physicians should familiarize themselves with and follow as appropriate clinical guidelines related to pain management and controlled substances such as prescription opioids as well as non-opioid drugs and non-drug interventions
  • Expansion of access to naloxone to opioid users, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel
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IMA: All the pregnant women watch out for HELLP syndrome
Immediate medical assistance is required if a pregnant woman experiences blurred vision, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, severe headaches or right side abdominal pain

New Delhi, March 31, 2017: The HELLP syndrome, which stands for - hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count is a life-threatening disease that develops in 10 % to 20% of women during pregnancy. The syndrome is found to occur in women with severe preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. The common signs and symptoms of HELLP Syndrome include severe headaches, indigestion, nausea, pain after eating a meal, chest/abdominal tenderness, vision change, shoulder pain, swelling and upper right upper side pain. The diagnosis of HELLP syndrome includes a series of blood tests, liver function test, blood pressure test, and urine tests to check the presence of protein.
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