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.
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3 – #ASCO2017 (Unpublished results) – Risk-Based Approach to Chemotherapy Duration Recommended for Stage III Colon Cancer – ASCO Daily News (free) AND ASCO2017:The IDEA Collaboration: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4 – #ASCO2017 (Unpublished results) – Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Chance of Recurrence – ASCO News Releases (free)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.
Editorial: Nut allergy guideline (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.
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)
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)