Alcohol, Drugs, Genes and the Clinical Laboratory
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Alcohol, Drugs, Genes and the Clinical Laboratory : An Overview for Healthcare and Safety Professionals

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Alcohol, Drugs, Genes and the Clinical Laboratory provides an overview and quick reference to genetic relationships and clinical laboratory information related to the serious public health issue of alcohol and drug abuse. Written in a clear and concise manner, this book discusses the necessary information for health and safety professionals working in public health to learn about complex issues quickly to better help their patients, employees, and others affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Alcohol, Drugs, Genes and the Clinical Laboratory covers the important aspects of drugs and alcohol abuse including genetic aspects along with laboratory methods for analysis of alcohol and abused drugs with emphasis on false positive test results. The book is helpful to healthcare professionals, such as pathologists who oversee alcohol and drug testing, emergency room physicians, family practice physicians who are first healthcare professionals who identify patients susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse, and psychiatrists involved with drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. It will also be useful to safety professionals who have to assess individuals for workplace responsibilities, ranging from police and recruitment to occupational safety and occupational medicine and public health officials.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13.72mm | 390g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0128054557
  • 9780128054550

Table of contents

1. Alcohol a double-edged sword: Health benefits with moderate consumption but a health hazard with excess alcohol intake

2. Drugs of abuse: An overview

3. Designer drugs including bath salts and spices

4. Combined alcohol and drug abuse: A potentially deadly mix

5. Link between environmental factors, personality factors, and addiction

6. Genetic polymorphisms of alcohol metabolizing enzymes associated with protection from or increased risk of alcohol abuse

7. Pharmacogenomics of abused drugs

8. Association between polymorphisms in genes encoding various receptors, transporters, and enzymes and alcohol/drug addiction

9. Methods of alcohol measurement

10. Laboratory methods for measuring drugs of abuse in urine

11. Analysis of drugs of abuse in serum, hair, oral fluid, sweat, and meconium
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About Amitava Dasgupta

Amitava Dasgupta received his PhD degree in Chemistry from Stanford University and his fellowship training in Clinical Chemistry from the Laboratory Medicine Department of the University of Washington School of Medicine at Seattle. He is a tenured Full Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center located at the Texas Medical Center at Houston. Dr. Dasgupta has published 210 scientific papers, written many invited review articles, and has edited, co-edited or written 15 books. He is on the Editorial Board of five major medical journals including American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clinica Chimica Acta and Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis.
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