Total CE Credit Hours: 1
Course Info URL: https://www.addictioncounselorce.com/courses/101674
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About the Course:
In addition to its well-known association with lung infection, alcohol abuse now is recognized as an independent factor that increases by three- to four-fold the incidence of the acute respiratory distress syndrome, a severe form of acute lung injury with a mortality rate of 40 to 50 percent. This translates to tens of thousands of excess deaths in the United States each year from alcohol-mediated lung injury, which is comparable to scarring of the liver (i.e., cirrhosis) in terms of alcohol-related mortality. Experimental and clinical studies are shedding light on the basic mechanisms by which alcohol abuse predisposes some people to both acute lung injury and pneumonia. At the same time, novel therapeutic targets could be utilized in treating these uniquely vulnerable people.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Alcoholic Lung Disease created by Corey D. Kershaw, M.D., and David M. Guidot, M.D.
Journal/Publisher:National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Publication Date:Volume 31, Number 1, 2008
Course Material Author
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcoholic lung disease. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants' knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Discuss the relationship between alcohol abuse, pneumonia, and acute lung injury.
- Explain potential treatment strategies for lung disorders related to alcohol abuse.
- Describe how systems biology relates to the study of alcoholic lung disease.
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