HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Alcohol biomarker test cuts care costs for chronically ill patients

Adding a new alcohol biomarker test to patients' revelations about their drinking habits could lower the cost of caring for patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure, a health economics analysis finds.

The alcohol-screening test measures the level of a chemical in the blood -- carbohydrate deficient transferrin -- which is responsive to alcohol. A cost-benefit analysis by Michael Fleming, M.D., and colleagues found that the CDT test increases the number of problem drinkers detected in a population of primary care patients.

The benefit-cost model -- which uses data from surveys, published literature and two trials -- is published in the November edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. The analysis estimates that CDT testing results in $212.30 in overall savings per patient by avoiding some medical and legal costs.

The alcohol biomarker is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but Fleming said that many primary care physicians do not know about the CDT technology.

CDT is not a test for alcoholism; it can't judge whether a patient is dependent on alcohol, Fleming said. But the test can detect if a patient has consumed four to five alcoholic drinks a day within the last two weeks.

Once harmful drinking is identified through a CDT test, Fleming said a physician can try to rein in a patient's heavy alcohol consumption.

Heavy drinking can worsen illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Excessive alcohol consumption can also interfere with medications commonly prescribed for those conditions.

Peter Miller, a researcher at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina, is working to encourage more physicians to consider CDT in their care of patients who have alcohol-sensitive illnesses.

"You'd begin with a self-report questionnaire and then you might use the test for patients you
'"/>

Contact: Mary Newcomb
mnewcomb-acer@earthlink.net
Center for the Advancement of Health
14-Nov-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Alcohol interventions that teach practical skills work best with high-risk university students
2. Numbers, sequences pose problems for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome children
3. Alcohol and high-risk sexual behaviors in Botswana
4. Alcoholics Anonymous membership may decrease alcohol-related homicides
5. Alcoholism-treatment medication acamprosate may help abstinent alcoholics sleep better
6. Alcohol increases sleep intensity in young women
7. Alcohol consumption habits may threaten GI health
8. Alcoholics with a borderline personality disorder are at greatest risk for suicidal behavior
9. Alcohol-branded merchandise associated with early teen drinking
10. Alcohol-deterrent drugs help patients achieve high rates of long-term abstinence
11. Alcohol advertising may contribute to increased drinking among young people

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Alcohol biomarker test cuts care costs for chronically ill patients

(Date:3/3/2015)... March 03, 2015 Risperdal lawsuits ... market the atypical antipsychotic medication continue to move ... court documents, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld ... & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit had deceptively marketed ... while the Court’s February 25th decision characterized the ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 Loma Linda ... whole health and well being, it will be offering ... across its campuses. , Over the past year, a ... part in creating dietary criteria, listening to vendors, sampling ... the entire organization. , Most recently, a food ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... Today, Steve Weatherford, current New York Giants punter, ... the donation of their brains to science during a ... In an effort to raise awareness for the impact ... Rice and Weatherford spoke of their experiences on and ... health a priority to avoid the consequences of injuries ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... 2015 Man, Woman & Student of ... find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood ... patents and their families. Through this annual national ten-week ... fight for a world without blood cancers. The national ... the country, to be announced this summer. To date, ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... Dan E. Chambers, an experienced Los ... capital crimes, recently spoke on the radio to give his ... of the Independent Journal Review radio show “The Right Mics” ... a prosecutor and now as a criminal defense attorney would ... the trial and sentencing of this high-profile case. , During ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Risperdal Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Ruling Upholding South Carolina Jury Decision in Risperdal Marketing Case 2Health News:Risperdal Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Ruling Upholding South Carolina Jury Decision in Risperdal Marketing Case 3Health News:Loma Linda University Health Rejuvenates Its Vending Machines with Healthier Selections 2Health News:Steve Weatherford and Sidney Rice Reveal Donation for Brain Injury Awareness Month 2Health News:The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Oregon and SW Washington Chapter Kicks Off Their Eleventh Annual Man, Woman & Student of the Year Campaign 2Health News:The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Oregon and SW Washington Chapter Kicks Off Their Eleventh Annual Man, Woman & Student of the Year Campaign 3Health News:Dan E. Chambers Gives Radio Interview Providing Insights into American Sniper Guilty Verdict 2Health News:Dan E. Chambers Gives Radio Interview Providing Insights into American Sniper Guilty Verdict 3
(Date:3/3/2015)... MENLO PARK, Calif. , March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... on the development of novel drug delivery products to ... today announced that Jim Pekarsky , chief executive ... 27 th Annual Roth Capital Partners Conference on ... Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in ...
(Date:3/3/2015)...  UnaliWear announces the market preview of its first ... guards against wandering and provides support for falls and ... the Kanega watch ( http://www.UnaliWear.com ) – is also ... speech interface rather than buttons, use cellular and Wi-Fi ... The watch goes wherever the wearer goes ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... , March 3, 2015  American Biosurgical, ... custom medical cable manufacturer actively engaged in the ... technologies for the world,s leading medical device companies ... high precision, low volume custom medical cable manufacturer ... retain the MTI brand under the name MTI ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:BioPharmX Corporation To Present At 27th Annual Roth Capital Partners Conference On March 11, 2015 2BioPharmX Corporation To Present At 27th Annual Roth Capital Partners Conference On March 11, 2015 3UnaliWear's Wearable For Seniors Extends Independence With Advanced Technology 2American Biosurgical Acquires MTI Corporation 2
Cached News: