The Predisposing Factors, Biological Markers, Neuroimaging Techniques and Medical Complications Associated with Alzheimer's Disease (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Disease/Disorder Overview)

The Predisposing Factors, Biological Markers, Neuroimaging Techniques and Medical Complications Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Disease/Disorder Overview)

The concept and terminology of dementia is changing. There is a proposal in DSM-V which will be published in the next few years to eliminate the word “dementia” and “mild cognitive disorder” and replace the diagnoses with minor and major neurocognitive disorders. (1) Over time, practitioners have recognized that pure Alzheimer’s dementia is not as […]

Balancing Between Two Goods: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Ethical Compliancy Considerations for Privacy-Sensitive Materials in Health Sciences Archival and Historical Special Collections (Report)

Balancing Between Two Goods: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Ethical Compliancy Considerations for Privacy-Sensitive Materials in Health Sciences Archival and Historical Special Collections (Report)

INTRODUCTION Special collections professionals in institutions with health sciences history collections balance on a legal and ethical tightrope of preserving and providing access to the historical record, while at the same time respecting the confidences of those whose lives are reflected in the records. Although a great deal of information is available on the topics […]

Prevalence of Drug Use in Pregnant West Virginia Patients (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Report)

Prevalence of Drug Use in Pregnant West Virginia Patients (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Report)

Introduction Substance abuse in pregnancy is known to have deleterious effects on neonates. These effects differ with respect to the substance ingested and can include neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), low birth weight, intrauterine fetal demise, and structural abnormalities such as gastroschisis.

Buprenorphine Clinics: An Integrated and Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Opioid Dependence (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Report)

Buprenorphine Clinics: An Integrated and Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Opioid Dependence (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Report)

Introduction Opioid dependence remains a very difficult problem facing the state of West Virginia, be it prescription opioids or heroin. Access to care for those struggling with opioid dependence continues to be problematic as well.

Preliminary Evaluation of the WV Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Report)

Preliminary Evaluation of the WV Prescription Drug Abuse Quitline (Scientific Article: Special Issue) (Report)

Introduction In 2008, 33.9 million retail prescription drugs were filled in West Virginia. (1) West Virginians filled an average of 18.7 prescriptions per capita in 2008 whereas the United States average was only 12 prescriptions per capita. (1) Both fatal and non-fatal prescription drug overdoses represent increasing problems in West Virginia as well. From 1999-2004, […]

Health System Reform and Its Impact on West Virginia (Special NEWS)

Health System Reform and Its Impact on West Virginia (Special NEWS)

President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) into law on March 23, 2010. This law is being proclaimed by many to be the most significant health reform legislation passed by congress in generations. The monumental bill is expected to bring down health care costs for American families and small […]