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Simple blood test identifies critically ill patients who misuse alcohol, study finds

19:00 EST 8 Nov 2017 | AAAS

(Loyola University Health System) A simple blood test for a compound called PEth can accurately identify critically ill hospital patients who misuse alcohol, a study has found. The finding is important because patients who misuse alcohol tend to have worse outcomes. If validated in further studies, the PEth test could help doctors anticipate and perhaps ward off alcohol-related complications such as organ failure and impaired healing of wounds and bones.

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