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Thu, June 1 – 10 Medical Stories of The Day!

1 Jun,2017


1 – Systolic Blood Pressure Reduction and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis – JAMA Cardiology (free) (RT @GreenlandRohan see Tweet)

Commentaries: Reducing blood pressure below recommended targets significantly reduces CVD, mortality risk – Clinical Advisor (free registration required) And New Review Supports Aggressive BP Targets – MedPage Today (free registration required)

Ideal blood pressure targets are controversial and recommendations vary across hypertension guidelines. This new meta-analysis suggests the risk of cardiovascular disease would be lowest with a systolic blood pressure between 120-124 mmHg.


2 – The UK Injection and Infusion Technique Recommendations 4th Edition – Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) (free PDF)

Commentary: New Guidance Focuses on Best Injection Practices for Diabetes – Medscape (free registration required)

Related guideline: New Insulin Delivery Recommendations – Mayo Clinic Proceedings (free)


3 – Review: Improving the Management of COPD in Women – Chest (free)


4 – World No Tobacco Day 2017 – Cochrane Evidence resources to support stop smoking efforts (free)

See also our coverage of World No Tobacco Day in our May 31 issue, see #1.


5 – Growing use of smart drugs by students could be a recipe for disaster – The Conversation (free)

“Students used to take drugs to get high. Now they take them to get higher grades” (RT @ConversationUK see Tweet)


6 – Powerful New Ebola Vaccine Heads To Congo To Help Stop Outbreak – NPR Goats and Soda (free)

See also: DRC approves use of Ebola vaccine – CIDRAP (free) AND Ebola vaccine approved for use in ongoing outbreak – Nature News (free)


7 – State of the art review: Diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease in children – The BMJ (free until 15 June)


8 – Cancer drugs are getting better and dearer – The Economist (a few articles per month are free) (RT @pash22 see Tweet)

See more articles and commentaries about “financial toxicity” of cancer treatments in our April 27 issue, see #8.


9 – A blood test threshold for diagnosing heart failure in general practice is reviewed – NIHR Signal (free)

Original article: Primary care REFerral for EchocaRdiogram (REFER) in heart failure: a diagnostic accuracy study (free)

“Most accurate diagnosis for heart failure in general practice came from using NTproBNP level at a low cut-off of ≥125 pg/ml” (RT @NIHR_DC see Tweet)


10 – Maternal and Fetal Outcomes of Anticoagulation in Pregnant Women With Mechanical Heart Valves – Journal of The American College of Cardiology (free)

Commentaries: Warfarin OK in Expectant Moms with Mechanical Heart Valve – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Anticoagulation in Pregnant Women With Mechanical Valves – American College of Cardiology, Latest in Cardiology (free) (RT @keaglemd see Tweet)

In this meta-analysis, warfarin was associated with lower risk of adverse maternal outcomes, whereas LMWH was associated with lower risk of adverse fetal outcomes.


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