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Problem drinkers are more likely than teetotalers and moderate drinkers to take benzodiazepines. When taken by heavier drinkers, benzodiazepines may heighten the risk for overdoses and accidents as well as exacerbate psychiatric conditions.
In what is believed to be one of the first analyses of frequent emergency department users to include integrated medical, behavioral and social service data, a new UCSF study comprehensively examined these patients’ use of both medical and nonmedical services.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic is dominated by unusual gene mutations not often observed in previously studied CF populations. Majority of Dominican patients had no detectable mutations at all in the gene that is thought to drive 95 percent of CF cases.