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Mon, June 5 – 10 Medical Stories of The Day!

5 Jun,2017


1 – #ASCO2017 – Overall Survival Results of a Trial Assessing Patient-Reported Outcomes for Symptom Monitoring During Routine Cancer Treatment – JAMA (free)

Commentaries: Quickly reporting cancer complications may boost survival – STAT News (free) AND If This Were a Drug, the Price Would Be $100,000 – Medscape (free registration required) AND How a simple tech tool can help cancer patients live longer – The Washington Post (free)

“For surveillance of cancer, digital tracking of patient-generated data improves survival”. “The cost of digital tracking is very low and > 5 months median survival improvement is more than cancer drugs that cost > $100,000” (RT @EricTopol see Tweets and Answers)


2 – #ASCO2017 – Abiraterone for Prostate Cancer

Abiraterone plus Prednisone in Metastatic, Castration-Sensitive Prostate Cancer – New England Journal of Medicine (free) AND Abiraterone for Prostate Cancer Not Previously Treated with Hormone Therapy – New England Journal of Medicine (free)

ASCO News Releases: Abiraterone Delays Metastatic Prostate Cancer Growth by 18 Months, Extends Survival (free) Abiraterone Slows Advanced Prostate Cancer, Helps Patients Live Longer (free)


3 – Perspectives: Changing the narratives for patient safety – World Health Organization (free)

“No simple solutions to patient safety: why we have to change the narratives” (RT @MaryDixonWoods See Tweet)


4 – Engaging Patients in Patient Safety – a Canadian Guide (free) (RT @pash22)

News release: How to Effectively Engage Patients in Patient Safety: New Guide available (free)


5 – ACP Decries Withdrawal from Climate Agreement – American College of Physicians (free)

See also: How scientists reacted to the US leaving the Paris climate agreement – Nature News (free) Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Lead to a Public Health Disaster – Scientific American (free)

Related guideline: Climate Change and Health: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians (free)

See more on Climate Change and Health in our April 21 issue, see #6, #7, #8 and #9.


6 – Introducing a One-Page Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule: USPSTF Recommendations at a Glance – American Family Physician (free PDF)

“The popular one-page preventive health care schedule is now available with the latest USPSTF recs from 2017” (RT @AFPJournal see Tweet)


7 – Estimates of global, regional, and national morbidity, mortality, and aetiologies of diarrhoeal diseases: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 – The Lancet Infectious Diseases (free)

Invited commentary: Diarrhoeal disease trends in the GBD 2015 study: optimism tempered by skepticism (free)

Other commentaries: Despite substantial global reduction in diarrhea deaths, half a million children still die from diseases each year – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) (free) AND Global diarrhoea deaths down by a third – BBC News (free)

“Deaths due to diarrhoea in children under 5 down 34% 2005-15, but still 4th leading cause of death” (RT @TheLancetInfDis see Tweet)

Global diarrhoea deaths in children down by a third, but still fourth biggest killer in under fives, >500,000 a year” (RT @anetrid see Tweet)


8 – Spondyloarthritis in over 16s: diagnosis and management – NICE Updated Guideline (free)

See also: 2016 update of the ASAS-EULAR management recommendations for axial spondyloarthritis (free)


9 – Italy has introduced mandatory vaccinations – other countries should follow its lead – The Conversation (free)

See more on mandatory vaccination in our May 29 issue, see #6


10 – Carotid Artery Stenting Versus Endarterectomy for Stroke Prevention: A Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials – Journal of the American College of Cardiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: CAS vs. CEA for Stroke Prevention – American College of Cardiology, Latest in Cardiology (free)

“CAS and CEA were associated with similar rates of a composite of periprocedural death, stroke, MI, or nonperiprocedural ipsilateral stroke. The risk of long-term overall stroke was significantly higher with CAS, and was mostly attributed to periprocedural minor stroke”.


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