ASAM Weekly
Feb. 14, 2012

AAP Releases Neonatal Drug Withdrawal Guidelines
American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released updated guidelines that outline steps that clinicians and hospitals can take to identify and monitor infants exposed to opioids and other drugs of addiction.More

Internet Addiction May Predict Substance Abuse
Journal of Addiction Medicine (Free Member Benefit)
Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, issued a press release announcing a new research study that suggests adolescents with "pathological internet use" may also be at an increased risk of substance abuse.More

New ASAM Task Force Gives Voice to Patients Seeking Treatment
President's Blog
What would happen if treatment for diabetes or hypertension were limited to two years? Read ASAM Acting President Dr. Gitlow's latest blog about proposed recommendations in Maine that would institute a two year treatment limit and find out how to join ASAM's effort to help prevent treatment limits for chronic conditions.More

2012 Member-Get-A-Member Competition
Invite your peers to join ASAM today! Share with them the value of connecting with physicians dedicated to advancing addiction medicine and treatment, and strengthen the voice of your society. Prizes will be awarded to the members that recruit the most new members through our online referral form (now through April 13).More

New Method Uncovers How Internal States Influence Brain to Change Behavior
Cell (Free Abstract)
In an innovative National Institute on Drug Abuse funded study, scientists introduced a modified dopamine receptor gene into the brain of a living vinegar fly, such that when dopamine bound to this receptor, a messenger molecule was released, traveled to the nucleus, and activated a fluorescent reporter gene that could be easily visualized. Investigators successfully used this technique to monitor circuit-specific dopamine activity in response to hunger and believe this powerful new technique may have general applicability in the genetic dissection of a broad range of internal states, including stress and drug craving.More

To Stop or Not to Stop?
Science (Free Abstract)
National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow discusses the balancing act of neuronal signals that make up the core complex of human behaviors and cause a range of adverse medical and social consequences when they malfunction. More

No Alcohol Safe for Fetus
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (Free Abstract)
A new study finds that signs of fetal alcohol syndrome appear as early as the latter half of the first trimester.More

Follow-Up Exam Sheds Light on Sex Abuse
Pediatrics (Free Abstract)
A new study finds that follow-up examinations by specialists with suspected victims of child sexual abuse affected the interpretation of trauma detected.More

'Wonder Dog' Helps Boy Suffering From Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The New York Times Magazine
A golden retriever was the only thing that could reach a boy who suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome.More

When Stress Is Good for You
The Wall Street Journal
It's disparaged as dangerous, but healthy levels of stress can pump up both mind and body.More

The Ultimate Brain Quest
The Wall Street Journal
Deciphering how human thought works is mind-bendingly difficult, but researchers now know where to start.More

Digital Doctoring
The Wall Street Journal
The digital revolution has the potential to spur unprecedented advances in the medical sciences. More

Larger Role Sought for Advanced Practice Nurses
American Medical News
To combat a primary care shortage, a recent policy analysis the National Institute for Health Care Reform suggests payment overhauls and expanding the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses.More

Brains Get Self-Control Wiring at Birth
AudioBrief A new study in Science finds that cocaine abusers have abnormalities in areas of the brain involved in self-control that appear to predate any drug abuse. National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow is interviewed.More

International Medical Leadership Alcohol Abuse Consensus
The Lancet
Read international consensus for physicians to support and implement evidence-based practices treating alcohol abuse and dependence.More

8 Steps to Avoid Accidental Overdose
The Huffington Post
Columbia University adjunct professor Michael Friedman describes eight ways to avoid accidental overdoses when managing pain.More

'One Call — Lots of Help' for People With Hepatitis C
The Support Partnership
A new national helpline for people affected by hepatitis C launched Feb. 1. Specially trained peer counselors help callers navigate screening, diagnosis, medical evaluation, and treatment. Follow-up contacts help callers with hepatitis C related decisions.More