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:5/22/2015)... Gateway Building Concepts is experienced with all forms of ... in include decks, additions, kitchen remodeling, interior renovations, exterior ... , The redesigned logo is a fresh modern ... includes two geometrical lines that represent the engineering aspect ... used with many things associated with the company. The ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... 22, 2015 Wimbledon Health Partners, the ... (EKG), echocardiogram and NCV testing , is proud ... respected All American National athlete, to the Wimbledon Athletics ... the high level of testing and information it provides ... their athletic trainers, this way they can focus on ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... May 22, 2015 Steven Winter Associates ... Zuluaga, has been selected by Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine ... winners are featured in the May/June issue of the ... industry professionals age 40 and younger who have, and ... as well as in other areas of their professional ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... Calif. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 Bryce ... opened Anaheim Fit Body Boot Camp, recently accepted his ... so quickly after the launch of his location evidences ... the Anaheim community. , Fit Body Boot Camp is ... boot camp franchise with hundreds of locations across North ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... WI (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 ... honor to be recognized for providing the highest quality ... foundation of health care decision-making,” said Javon R. Bea, ... demonstrates the commitment of our employee/partners to care for ... patients.” , Hospitals do not apply for this award, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Wimbledon Athletics Recruits Team USA Athlete 2Health News:Wimbledon Athletics Recruits Team USA Athlete 3Health News:Steven Winter Associates’ Marc Zuluaga Earns Innovative Engineering Award 2Health News:Healthy Living Brought to Anaheim— New Fitness Boot Camp Acquires 100 Clients 2Health News:Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center Receives Women’s Choice Award for Emergency Care - Mercy Health System Javon Bea 2
(Date:5/22/2015)... YORK , May 22, 2015 ... of the $13 billion global cardiac rhythm management ... Information.  Kalorama found that Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, ... command 80% of this market segment. The healthcare ... Device Markets , uses 2015 as a base ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... and KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. , ... (NHF) has awarded CSL Behring its 2015 Corporate ... commitment to advancing science and improving the care of the ... Perreault , CEO and Managing Director, CSL Limited, during the ... on May 21. "The National Hemophilia ...
(Date:5/22/2015)... , May 20, 2015 Research ... of the "Guide to Prepare Application Dossiers ... China (2014 Edition) " report to their ... is one of segment market of the most ... overseas medical device manufacturers and producers to penetrate ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Kalorama: Top Companies Dominate Cardiac Defibrillator Market 2Kalorama: Top Companies Dominate Cardiac Defibrillator Market 3Kalorama: Top Companies Dominate Cardiac Defibrillator Market 4National Hemophilia Foundation Honors CSL Behring with Corporate Leadership Award 2National Hemophilia Foundation Honors CSL Behring with Corporate Leadership Award 3National Hemophilia Foundation Honors CSL Behring with Corporate Leadership Award 4China Guide to Prepare Application Dossiers for Oversea Medical Device Registration and Recordation 2China Guide to Prepare Application Dossiers for Oversea Medical Device Registration and Recordation 3
Cached News: