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Mon, June 12 – 10 Medical Stories of The Day!

12 Jun,2017


1 – New Series from The Lancet: Health in Humanitarian Crises (free registration required)

Related: How to Fix the Broken Humanitarian System: A Q&A with Paul Spiegel – Global Health NOW (free)

“Evidence is important to guide more effective & efficient health responses in humanitarian contexts” (RT @TheLancet see Tweet)


2 – Glucose Self-monitoring in Non–Insulin-Treated Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care Settings: A Randomized Trial – JAMA Internal Medicine (free)

Editorial: The Need to Test Strategies Based on Common Sense (free)

The JAMA Network – For the Media: Home Monitoring of Blood Sugar Did Not Improve Glycemic Control After 1 Year (free)

Commentary: Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment? – University of North Carolina Health Care, via EurekAlert (free)

Related: Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose – Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (free)

“Another RCT showing no benefit for Glucose Self-monitoring in Non–Insulin-Treated Patients with Type 2 Diabetes” (RT @PaulGlasziou see Tweet)


3 – Prevention of acute kidney injury and protection of renal function in the intensive care unit: update 2017 – Intensive Care Medicine (free)

Source: Critical Care Reviews Newsletter


4 – Palliative care: A pathway to value-based care for nursing homes – Diane E. Meier, M.D via McKnight (free)


5 – ‘How long have I got?’: Why many cancer patients don’t have answers – USA Today (free)

Related: Integration of Palliative Care Into Standard Oncology Care: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update (free)

See more on Standardized Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation in our April 24 issue, see #8

“ASCO now recommends that everyone with advanced cancer receive palliative care within eight weeks of diagnosis.” (RT @cancerassassin1 see Tweet)


6 – Diagnosis and management of dementia with Lewy bodies – Neurology (free)

Commentary: New International Guidelines Issued on Dementia with Lewy Bodies – Mayo Clinic, via NewsWise (free)


7 – Timing of food introduction and development of food sensitization in a prospective birth cohort – Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Delayed food introduction may increase likelihood of allergy in later childhood – McMaster University, via News Medical (free)


8 – Lower Risk of Heart Failure and Death in Patients Initiated on SGLT-2 Inhibitors Versus Other Glucose-Lowering Drugs: The CVD-REAL Study – Circulation (free PDF)

Commentaries: Risk of HF and Death in Patients on SGLT-2 Inhibitors – American College of Cardiology, Latest in Cardiology (free) AND SGLT2 inhibitors may have class effect for reduction of cardiac risk – ACP Diabetes Monthly (free)

Observational data suggests these class of drugs may be associated with lower risk of heart failure and deaths compared to other drugs.


9- Canagliflozin will receive new boxed warning about amputation risks – ACP Internist (free)

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA confirms increased risk of leg and foot amputations with the diabetes medicine canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) (free)


10 – Working with influenza-like illness: Presenteeism among US health care personnel during the 2014-2015 influenza season – American Journal of Infection Control (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Working while sick – ACP Internist (free) AND Health worker survey reveals many work during flu illness – CIDRAP (free)

Over 40% of surveyed health care personnel worked with self-reported influenza-like illness. “To reduce levels of health-worker–associated flu transmission, the researchers said that misconceptions about working while sick and sick leave policies both need to be addressed” (from CIDRAP)


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