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Thu, June 15 – 10 Stories of The Day!

15 Jun,2017


1 – World Blood Donor Day (June 14, 2017) – World Health Organization (free)

See also: 10 facts on blood transfusion (free) AND Giving blood in a time of crisis (free) AND WHO’s work on blood transfusion safety (free)


2 -Time to Delivery of an Automated External Defibrillator Using a Drone for Simulated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests vs Emergency Medical Services – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

The JAMA Network – For the Media: Can Use of a Drone Improve Response Times for Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests Compared to an Ambulance? (free)

Commentaries: Drones Can Get Defibrillators to Bystanders Faster Than EMS Can – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Defibrillator Drones Can Reach You Four Times Faster Than EMS – ECN (free)

In 18 simulated cases in Sweden, the drones could get automatic external defibrillators to the scene an average of 16 minutes faster than emergency medical services.


3 – 6 Ways Drones Could Change Health Care – Scientific American (free)


4 – Non–Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulant Dosing in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Renal Dysfunction – Journal of The American College of Cardiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: NOAC Doses: Just Stick to the Label – MedPage Today (free registration required)

“Among the 1,473 patients with a renal indication for dose reduction, 43.0% were potentially overdosed, which was associated with a higher risk of major bleeding”


5 – Hospitals Are Dramatically Overpaying for Their Technology – Harvard Business Review (a few articles per month are free)

“For years, hospitals have invested in sophisticated devices and IT systems that, on their own, can be awe-inspiring. Yet these technologies rarely share data, let alone leverage it to support better clinical care”.


6 – Effect of Low-Dose Ferrous Sulfate vs Iron Polysaccharide Complex on Hemoglobin Concentration in Young Children With Nutritional Iron-Deficiency Anemia: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

The JAMA Network – For the Media: Treating Nutritional Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Children (free)

Commentaries: Ferrous Sulfate Drops Tied to Higher Hemoglobin Increases in Kids with Anemia – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Traditional treatment is better for iron-deficiency anaemia in children – OnMedica (free) AND Ferrous Sulfate Effective for Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Kids – Medscape (free registration required)

Researchers expected that Iron Polysaccharide Complex would restore hemoglobin more effectively, because it is designed to be tolerated better, but the proportion of infants and children with a complete resolution of iron-deficiency anemia was higher in the ferrous sulfate group (29 percent vs 6 percent).


7 – Age-specific risks, severity, time course, and outcome of bleeding on long-term antiplatelet treatment after vascular events: a population-based cohort study – The Lancet (free)

Invited commentary: Preventing major gastrointestinal bleeding in elderly patients (free)

Commentaries: Aspirin Bleeding Risk in Over 75s Higher Than Thought – Medscape (free registration required) AND Aspirin linked to higher risk of serious bleeding in the elderly – Reuters Health News (free)

In this cohort, the risk of major bleeding increased sharply in patients above 75 years.


8 – Reframing non-communicable diseases as socially transmitted conditions – The Lancet Global Health (free)

“Socially transmitted conditions”: a new name for non-communicable diseases (RT @LancetGH see Tweet)


9 – Essential medicines require essential diagnostics – The Huffington Post Canada Blogs (free)

See more about the new WHO list of essential medicines in our June 7th issue, see #1.

“To use essential medicines, have to know what you’re treating says @paimadhu so need essential diagnostics list too” (RT @markcha see Tweet)


10 – Real-World Effectiveness of Antipsychotic Treatments in a Nationwide Cohort of 29 823 Patients With Schizophrenia – JAMA Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Oral clozapine, long-acting injectables tied to lower relapse risk in schizophrenia – Clinical Psychiatry News (free registration required) AND Long-Acting Antipsychotics Tied to Superior Outcomes – Medscape (free registration required)

“The risk of rehospitalization is about 20% to 30% lower during long-acting injectable treatments compared with equivalent oral formulations”


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