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Tue, June 20 – 10 Stories of The Day!

20 Jun,2017


1 – Glucose targets for preventing diabetic kidney disease and its progression – Cochrane Library (link to summary – $ for full review)

Sources: EvidenceAlerts and @anupam1623

Intensive glycemic control had no effect on risks of kidney failure, death and major cardiovascular events. “The clinical impact of targeting an HbA1c < 7% or blood glucose < 6.6 mmol/L (120 mg/dL) is unclear and the potential harms of this treatment approach are largely unmeasured.”


2 – Evidence for Therapeutic Patient Education Interventions to Promote Cardiovascular Patient Self-Management: A Scientific Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association (free)

News Release: Healthcare providers should individualize patient education (free)

AHA statement: Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients (free)

Commentary: Sharpening the Focus on Therapeutic Patient Education and Self-management (free)

Top Ten Things to Know: Evidence for Therapeutic Patient Education Interventions to Promote Cardiovascular Patient Self-Management (free PDF)


3 – Effect of antibiotic stewardship on the incidence of infection and colonisation with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and Clostridium difficile infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis – The Lancet Infectious Diseases (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Antibiotic Stewardship Programs Linked to Lower Rates of Drug-Resistant Infections – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Review ties stewardship to sharp drop in resistant bacteria – CIDRAP (free)


4 – Reducing Cancer Burden in the Population: An Overview of Epidemiologic Evidence to Support Policies, Systems, and Environmental Changes – Epidemiologic Reviews (free)


5 – Treating patients with opioid disorders is not just about treating addiction. Here’s why – STAT News (free)

Original analysis: What data from 205 million private health insurance claims reveals about America’s opioid crisis – Amino (free)


6 – Alterations in Cardiac Deformation, Timing of Contraction and Relaxation, and Early Myocardial Fibrosis Accompany the Apparent Recovery of Acute Stress-Induced (Takotsubo) Cardiomyopathy: An End to the Concept of Transience – Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Broken heart syndrome may have lasting damage, say researchers – BBC Health News (free) AND Broken heart syndrome may cause permanent damage – News Medical (free) AND ‘Octopus pot’ syndrome: why a broken heart can be as bad as cardiac arrest – The Guardian (free)


7 – Changes in Hospital Quality Associated with Hospital Value-Based Purchasing – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Value-Based Purchasing Program Has Little Effect – Medscape (free registration required) AND Is There Value in Hospital Value-Based Purchasing? – NEJM Catalyst (free)

How VBP works: Hospital Value-Based Purchasing – U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (free)


8 – Richard Lehman’s weekly review of medical journals, 19 June 2017 – The BMJ Blogs (free)


9 – The Science Behind How Nature Affects Your Health – Forbes (free)

“100% agree: Social determinants of health have a far greater impact on our health than healthcare delivery systems” (RT @SueDHellmann see Tweet)


10 – Inspired by War Zones, Balloon Device May Save Civilians From Fatal Blood Loss – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)


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