Second Regional Summit to Meet in Chicago

Faculty from New England medical schools who gathered in Boston earlier this year for the first COPE Regional Summit identified a series of strategic steps toward the goal of better integration of knowledge about substance use disorders into the medical … Continue reading

Participants in Region I Summit Agree on Next Steps

Faculty from New England medical schools who gathered in Boston on March 15th for the first COPE Regional Summit on integrating knowledge about substance use and related disorders into medical school curricula have identified a series of “next steps” to … Continue reading

As Open Access Explodes, How to Tell the Good from the Bad and Ugly?

  Choosing the right journal has always been difficult, but the plethora of new open access journals—and the increasing pressure from funders to publish in them—has made the choice even more daunting.   At a meeting last month, representatives from … Continue reading

Light Drinking May Increase Risk for Certain Cancers

  The majority of observational studies have shown that alcohol intake, especially heavy drinking, increases a number of upper aerodigestive tract and other cancers, and even lower risk drinking is associated with an increase in the risk of breast cancer. … Continue reading

Moderate Drinking During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ in Children

A new study suggests even moderate drinking in pregnancy can result in lower IQ levels in children. Researchers found drinking between one and six alcoholic drinks weekly during pregnancy can result in lower IQ scores by the time a child … Continue reading

Cutoffs for Unhealthy Alcohol Use Are Lower Than Those Typically Suggested

Although many publications suggest a score of ≥8 on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) as the threshold for detecting unhealthy alcohol use, other have suggested that such a cutoff may not be sufficiently sensitive. Investigators analyzed data collected … Continue reading

Sequestration and Medical Education

In a special report, Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., M.P.H., President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), examines the impact on medical education of current and proposed efforts at debt reduction, including the looming sequestration cuts to … Continue reading

Integrating Substance Use Knowledge Into Residency Training

Given the burden of disease and available interventions that can be delivered by internal medicine physicians, teaching about unhealthy substance use must be incorporated into internal medicine residency training, and can be done within existing teaching venues. So say the … Continue reading