Fri, December 15 – 10 Stories of The Day!

15 Dec, 2017 | 00:01h | UTC


1 – Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report – Joint Report from the World Bank and the World Health Organization (free PDF)

Press Release: World Bank and WHO: Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses (free)

Infographic: Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report (free)

Commentaries: Healthcare costs are pushing millions into extreme poverty. This outrage must end – World Economic Forum (free) AND Almost 100 million people a year ‘forced to choose between food and healthcare’ – The Guardian (free)


2 – Is treatment with corticosteroids beneficial and safe for people with pneumonia? – The Cochrane Library (free)

Related: Corticosteroids for Pneumonia: Ready for Primetime? – emDocs (free)

“Corticosteroid therapy reduced mortality and morbidity in adults with severe CAP; the number needed to treat for an additional beneficial outcome was 18 patients (95% CI 12 to 49) to prevent one death. Corticosteroid therapy reduced morbidity, but not mortality, for adults and children with non-severe CAP”


3 – Estimates of global seasonal influenza-associated respiratory mortality: a modelling study – The Lancet (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu claim thousands of lives every year – UN health agency (free) AND Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year – World Health Organization (free) AND CDC says more people die of influenza worldwide than some experts have estimated – PBS NewsHour (free)


4 – Effect of High-Intensity Treadmill Exercise on Motor Symptoms in Patients With De Novo Parkinson Disease: A Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA Neurology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Exercise May Aid Parkinson’s Disease, but Make It Intense – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free) AND High-Intensity Exercise May Cut Parkinson’s Motor Symptoms – Medscape (free registration required) AND Vigorous Exercise May Hold Benefit in Early Parkinson’s – MedPage Today (free registration required) High-intensity exercise delays Parkinson’s progression – Northwestern University, via ScienceDaily (free)


5 – Associations between fast food and physical activity environments and adiposity in mid-life: cross-sectional, observational evidence from UK Biobank – The Lancet Public Health (free)

Commentaries: The built environment and obesity in UK Biobank: right project, wrong data? – The Lancet Public Health (free) AND Living near exercise facilities linked to lower BMI and smaller waists – OnMedica (free) Living near physical activity facilities linked to smaller waistline, lower BMI and lower body fat percentage – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (free)


6 – Association between microcephaly, Zika virus infection, and other risk factors in Brazil: final report of a case-control study – The Lancet Infectious Diseases (link to abstract – $ for full-text) (via @Onisillos)

Commentaries: Zika virus, not vaccine or insecticide, linked to birth defects in Brazil – STAT (free) AND Study bolsters Zika-microcephaly link, rules out others – CIDRAP (free)


7 – Healthcare-acquired infections: prevention strategies – Internal Medicine Journal (free)

Source: Hospital Medicine Virtual Journal Club


8 – Association Between Methylphenidate and Amphetamine Use in Pregnancy and Risk of Congenital Malformations: A Cohort Study From the International Pregnancy Safety Study Consortium – JAMA Psychiatry (free)

Editorial: Shedding Light on the Risks of Methylphenidate and Amphetamine in Pregnancy (free)

Commentary: ADHD med use during pregnancy and risk of birth defects – Brigham and Women’s Hospital, via ScienceDaily (free) AND Class of ADHD medication linked to increased risk of congenital heart defects – Cardiovascular Business (free)

“Researchers find small increase in the risk of heart defects following first-trimester exposure to methylphenidate but not to amphetamines” (from ScienceDaily)


9 – The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)


10 – Individualized Glycemic Control for U.S. Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Individualized Glycemic Control Could Safely Cut Costs in Type 2 Diabetes – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Individualized HbA1c Targets for Diabetes Drop Cost, Improve QoL – Medscape (free registration required) AND Personalized Blood Sugar Goals Can Save Diabetes Patients Thousands – University of Chicago Medical Center, via NewsWise (free)


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