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Pharmacist Dr. Corey Hayes and colleagues found that higher opioid doses did not bring more pain relief—but did increase the risk of harmful side effects. (Photo by Jeff Bowen)

Study: Higher opioid doses fail to lessen pain

Feb. 19, 2020 | Increasing chronic pain patients’ opioid prescription doses does not seem to improve pain, according to a VA study. Researchers from the Central Arkansas and Minneapolis VA health care systems and three universities looked at prescribing data of more than 50,000 VA patients taking opioids. They found that patients who had their opioid dosage increased did...

First responders

Free Dementia Training Now Offered Online

Feb. 19, 2020 | UAMS police and others are taking advantage of a free newly available online course to improve interactions when they come in contact with older Arkansans who have dementia. The course is provided by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) at UAMS. Laura Spradley, an outreach coordinator for AGEC, says the training allows officers to not...

Michael Mancino, M.D., oversees the MATRIARC program at UAMS. UAMS recently received a $2.3 million grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services for the medication-assisted treatment of opioid-use disorder.

UAMS Receives $2.3 Million to Reimburse Facilities that Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use

Feb. 18, 2020 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently received $2.3 million from the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to compensate facilities across the state providing opioid use disorder patients with medication-assisted treatment. The money will allow medical providers to offer treatment for opioid use disorder to patients without insurance or the ability to pay...

Scott Dickson, M.D. (seated) was invested Feb. 6 in the chair, which is awarded on a three-year, rotating basis.

Scott Dickson, M.D., Invested in Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, George K. Mitchell, M.D. Endowed Chair in Primary Care

Feb. 13, 2020 | Scott Dickson, M.D., residency program director for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northeast Regional Campus, was invested Feb. 6 in the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, George K. Mitchell, M.D., Endowed Chair in Primary Care. “My words really can’t express my gratitude and my deep appreciation for this recognition today,” said...

Josh Harper, Pharm.D., a certified specialist in poison information, takes a call while working in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center.

Poison and Drug Information Center at UAMS Inspires Career Choices

Feb. 10, 2020 | Spending a month last May in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center helped Masha Yemets, a UAMS College of Pharmacy student, define the career path she wants to follow. Yemets, who graduates in May, spent that month answering calls in the center from a broad cross-section of the public. “I had an inkling I...

proteomics workshop

Proteomics Symposium Draws Leaders from Across the Country

Feb. 7, 2020 | To conduct biomedical research, scientists must be able to identify, analyze and compare proteins in biological samples. This complex process requires facilities – known as proteomics cores – that house the specialized equipment and highly trained staff required for such a task.

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