Toronto doctor’s iPhone app diagnoses alcohol withdrawal

August 29, 2014 12:50 PM

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Toronto doctor’s iPhone app diagnoses alcohol withdrawal

App distinguishes between real tremors and mimicked ones, helping doctors weed out people who try to obtain drugs by faking symptoms.

It never receives as much attention as shootings, car crashes, or even other drugs. But alcohol is a major burden on hospitals, accounting for 30 per cent of emergency room traffic by some estimates. (One British study linked alcohol to 70 per cent of peak-hour visits.)

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