Commentaries: Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (free) AND Streptococcus vaccine ‘could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide’ – The Guardian (free)
2 – Effectiveness of β-Lactam Monotherapy vs Macrolide Combination Therapy for Children Hospitalized With Pneumonia – JAMA Pediatrics (link to abstract – $ for full-text)
Commentaries: Study: Azithromycin overprescribed for kids’ pneumonia – CIDRAP (free) AND Vanderbilt study shows azithromycin overprescribed for childhood pneumonia – Vanderbilt University Medical Center, via EurekAlert (free)
3 – Position Paper: Patient Safety in the Office-Based Practice Setting – American College of Physicians (free PDF)
Commentaries: ACP says patient safety must be improved in office-based practice setting – American College of Physicians, via EurekAlert (free) AND ACP: Recommendations for Improving Patient Safety in Ambulatory Settings – MPR (free)
4 – Debate: the case for and against screening for breast cancer with mammography:
The case for mammography: Routine mammograms do save lives: The Science – The Conversation (free)
The case against mammography: Routine mammograms do not save lives: The research is clear – The Conversation (free)
Related: Make Screening Mammography Personal, Say the French – Medscape (free registration required)
“The debate over breast cancer screening continues, with disagreements about the start age, frequency, mortality effect, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment” (from Medscape)
6 – Viewpoint: Advance Directives for Dementia: Meeting a Unique Challenge – JAMA (free)
Richard Lehman reviews the latest research in the top medical journals.
“In this population-based cohort study of 1.256.725 persons, there was a significantly lower age- and sex-adjusted incidence rate ratio of cancer among warfarin users vs nonusers”.
Related guidelines: 2014 ACC/AHA Guideline on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation and Management of Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery (free) AND 2014 ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery: cardiovascular assessment and management (free) AND Routine preoperative tests for elective surgery – NICE Guideline (free) AND Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines on Perioperative Cardiac Risk Assessment and Management for Patients Who Undergo Noncardiac Surgery (free) AND 3rd Guideline for Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (free)