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Wed, June 7 – 10 Medical Stories of The Day!

7 Jun,2017


1 – News release: WHO updates Essential Medicines List with new advice on use of antibiotics, and adds medicines for hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis and cancer (free)

Report 1: The 2017 Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines (free PDF)

Report 2: WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (free PDF)

Report 3: WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (free PDF)

Commentaries: WHO creates controversial ‘reserve’ list of antibiotics for superbug threats – The Washington Post (free) AND Health officials set to release a list of drugs everyone on Earth should be able to access – STAT News (free) AND WHO’s New Essential Medicines List Includes a 40-Year First – Medscape (free registration required)

WHO Essential Medicines List is used by many countries to guide decisions regarding which medications should be available for their population.


2 – Pharmacologic Management of Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation: Updated clinical practice guideline:  – American Academy of Family Physicians (free PDF)

Key Recommendations: Pharmacologic Management of Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation (free)


3 – #ASCO2017 (Unpublished results) – Risk-Based Approach to Chemotherapy Duration Recommended for Stage III Colon Cancer – ASCO Daily News (free) AND ASCO2017:The IDEA Collaboration: Global Study Sets New Risk-Based Standard to Personalize Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer After Surgery – ASCO Post (free)

Commentaries: Chemo Cut in Half Following Surgery Without Increased Recurrence Risk in Patients With Low-Risk Colon Cancer – Targeted Oncology (free) Less Is More: Patients With Colon Cancer Get a Chemo Break – Medscape (free registration required) Cutting Chemo Time in Low-Risk Colon Ca an Option – MedPage Today (free registration required)


4 – #ASCO2017 (Unpublished results) – Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Chance of Recurrence – ASCO News Releases (free)

Commentaries: Yes, a Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Is Safe – Medscape (free registration required) AND Pregnancy after breast cancer doesn’t raise recurrence risk – Reuters Health News (free) AND Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Recurrence Risk – Oncology Times (free)


5 – Antibiotics Versus Surgical Therapy for Uncomplicated Appendicitis: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Controlled Trials – Annals of Surgery (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Antibiotics Versus Surgery: Equally Effective in Treating Appendicitis? – Medscape (free registration required)

This meta-analysis and the author’s conclusions do not favor antibiotics alone for the treatment of uncomplicated appendicitis, contradiction the results of other recent meta-analysis, as well as a recent guideline on the subject, suggesting antibiotics might be an option in selected cases.


6 – BSACI guideline for the diagnosis and management of peanut and tree nut allergy – British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (free)

Editorial: Nut allergy guideline (free)

Commentary: First ever single guidance published for investigating and managing nut allergy – EurekAlert (free)

See also related guidelines (U.S.) and commentaries recommending early introduction of peanuts to prevent allergies in our January 6 issue, see #1 and #2.


7 – Data fabrication and other reasons for non-random sampling in 5087 randomised, controlled trials in anaesthetic and general medical journals – Anaesthesia (free)

Commentaries: Dozens of recent clinical trials may contain wrong or falsified data, claims study – The Guardian (free) AND Two in 100 clinical trials in eight major journals likely contain inaccurate data: Study – Retraction Watch (free)


8 – Inflammatory bowel disease: Five things physicians and patients should question – Choosing Wisely Canada (free)


9 – Association Between Cirrhosis and Stroke in a Nationally Representative Cohort – JAMA Neurology (free)

Commentary: Cirrhosis Tied to Stroke Risk- Physician’s First Watch (free)

Patients with cirrhosis seem to have a higher risk of stroke, particularly hemorrhagic stroke.


10 – Current Tobacco Smoking and Desire to Quit Smoking Among Students Aged 13–15 Years — Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 61 Countries, 2012–2015 – MMWR: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (free)

Commentaries: What’s The Rate Of Smoking In The 13- To 15-Year-Old Crowd? – NPR Goats and Soda (free)


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