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Fri, August 25 – 10 Stories of The Day!



1 – Diabetes and Hypertension: A Position Statement by the American Diabetes Association (free) (RT @Abraham_RMI and @ADA_Journals see Tweet)

Commentary: ADA Offers Position Statement on Diabetes and Hypertension – AJMC (free)

“the guideline continues the advice that most patients with diabetes should be treated to a blood pressure goal of <140/90 mm Hg; a goal of <130/80 can be considered for patients who have other cardiovascular risk factors” (from AJMC)


2 – Global, Regional, and National Burden of Rheumatic Heart Disease, 1990–2015 – New England Journal of Medicine (free)

Editorial: Rheumatic Heart Disease — An Iceberg in Tropical Waters (free) (RT @NEJM see Tweet with interesting table)

Quick Take Video Summary: What is the Global Burden of Rheumatic Heart Disease? (free)

Commentary: Death rates from rheumatic heart disease falling since 1990 – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (free)


3 – Long-Term, Supplemental, One-Carbon Metabolism–Related Vitamin B Use in Relation to Lung Cancer Risk in the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort – Journal of Clinical Oncology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Vitamin B supplements linked to lung cancer – here’s why you probably don’t need to worry – The Conversation (free) AND High Doses of Vitamin B Linked to Lung Cancer Increase – Medscape (free registration required) AND High Dose Vitamin B Supplements Should Not Be Taken for Lung Cancer Prevention – Cancer Therapy Advisor (free) AND High doses of vitamin B tied to lung cancer risk, study says – CNN (free)


4 – Association of Lithium in Drinking Water With the Incidence of Dementia – JAMA Internal Medicine (free)

Editorial: Could Lithium in Drinking Water Reduce the Incidence of Dementia? (free)

Commentaries: Lithium in drinking water may affect Alzheimer’s risk – Reuters (free) AND Dementia Rates Fall with Rising Lithium Levels in Water – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Lithium in Drinking Water Linked to Lower Dementia Risk? – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Lithium in tap water may cut dementia – BBC Health (free)


5 – The Case for a Breakfast Feast – The New York Times (free)

Related article: Meal Frequency and Timing Are Associated with Changes in Body Mass Index in Adventist Health Study 2 – The Journal of Nutrition (link to abstract – $ for full-text)


6 – EULAR recommendations for the use of imaging in the clinical management of peripheral joint osteoarthritis – Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (free)


7 – British Society of Gastroenterology position statement on serrated polyps in the colon and rectum – Gut (free)


8 – Estimates of the global, regional, and national morbidity, mortality, and aetiologies of lower respiratory tract infections in 195 countries: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 – Lancet Infectious Diseases (free) (RT @simonihay and @IHME_UW see Tweet)

Invited commentary: Measuring progress on preventing pneumonia deaths: are we there yet? (free)


9 – A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing – Science (free) (RT @hildabast and @RickyPo see Tweet)

Related commentary: Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests – Science (free)


10 – Drug reduces deaths from bleeding after childbirth – NIHR Signal (free)

Original article: Effect of early tranexamic acid administration on mortality, hysterectomy, and other morbidities in women with post-partum haemorrhage (WOMAN): an international, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial – The Lancet (free) and Editorial: WOMAN: reducing maternal deaths with tranexamic acid (free)

“Tranexamic acid reduces risk of death from bleeding after childbirth by 31% when given within three hours”. (RT @NIHR_DC see Tweet)


Thu, August 24 – 10 Stories of The Day!



1 – Effect of Oral Prednisolone on Symptom Duration and Severity in Nonasthmatic Adults With Acute Lower Respiratory Tract Infection: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Oral Steroid Does Not Reduce Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Symptoms in Nonasthmatic Adults – JAMA Network (free) AND No Benefit for Oral Steroids in Lower Respiratory Tract Infection – Medscape (free registration required) AND Don’t use steroids for chest infections, GPs advised – Pulse (free)

In patients with acute respiratory infection without evidence of pneumonia or asthma, the addition of corticosteroids did not reduce symptom duration or severity.


2 – Screening for Occult Cancer in Patients With Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Individual Patient Data – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Outcomes of limited cancer screening after unprovoked VTE similar to extensive screening – ACP Hospitalist (free) AND Cancer Screening Not Recommended in Patients With VTEs – Medscape (free registration required) AND Extensive cancer screening may not improve outcomes for patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism – 2 Minute Medicine (free) AND Screening for Occult Cancer in Patients With Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism – ASCO Post (free)


3 – Splenic trauma: WSES classification and guidelines for adult and pediatric patients – World Journal of Emergency Surgery (free)


4 – Longer sleep is associated with lower BMI and favorable metabolic profiles in UK adults: Findings from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey – PLOS One (free)

Commentaries: Short sleep linked to body mass, waist size – Reuters (free) AND Insufficient sleep may be adding to your waistline – University of Leeds, via Science Daily (free)


5 – ESO-ESMO 3rd international consensus guidelines for breast cancer in young women (BCY3) – The Breast (free)


6 – Update of EULAR recommendations for the treatment of systemic sclerosis – Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (free)


7 – Effect of Natriuretic Peptide–Guided Therapy on Hospitalization or Cardiovascular Mortality in High-Risk Patients With Heart Failure and Reduced Ejection Fraction: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Natriuretic Peptide-Guided Therapy No Better Than Usual Care in Heart Failure Patients – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND NT-proBNP Tx Disappoints for HF Drug Titration – MedPage Today (free registration required)


8 – Global Burden of Sugar-Related Dental Diseases in 168 Countries and Corresponding Health Care Costs – Journal of Dental Research (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: High sugar consumption gives rise to dental treatment costs in the billions – Science Daily (free)

Worldwide, people are eating far too much sugar. This has negative consequences for their teeth and for their purses: seen at the global level, the costs of dental treatment are currently running at around $172 billion”


9 – Benefits and Harms of Osteoporosis Medications in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Benefits and harms of osteoporosis medications unclear for patients with CKD – Medical News Today (free) AND Benefits and harms of osteoporosis medications unclear for patients with CKD – 2 Minute Medicine (free)

Source: ACP Journal Club ($)


10 – National Estimates of Reductions in Acute Gastroenteritis–Related Hospitalizations and Associated Costs in US Children After Implementation of Rotavirus Vaccines – Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (free)

Commentary: Rotavirus vaccines continue to reduce diarrhea hospitalizations, medical costs in US kids – Medical News Today (free) AND Study: Rotavirus vaccine cuts healthcare costs in US children – CIDRAP (free)


Wed, August 23 – 10 Stories of The Day!



1 – Risk of Arterial Thromboembolism in Patients With Cancer – Journal of The American College of Cardiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Cancer Patients at Heightened Risk for Arterial Thromboembolism – American College of Cardiology, Latest in Cardiology (free) AND Thromboembolism Risk Doubled in Cancer Patients – Medscape (free registration required) AND Cancer patients carry double the short-term risk of arterial thromboembolism – Cardiovascular Business (free) AND Short-Term Risk of Arterial Thromboembolism in Newly Diagnosed Patients With Cancer – ASCO Post (free)


2 – Effect of Oral Dexamethasone Without Immediate Antibiotics vs Placebo on Acute Sore Throat in Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (free)

Multimedia: Author Interview (free) AND JAMA Report Video (free)

Commentaries: Study Examines Effectiveness of Steroid Medication for Sore Throat – The JAMA Network (free) AND Corticosteroids for sore throat: a mixed bag of results – Clinical Advisor (free)

Source: ACP Journal Club ($)

Dexamethasone increased complete symptom resolution at 48 hours (35.4% vs 27.1%), but not at 24 hours. Trade-offs between the benefits and risks of dexamethasone in this situation are uncertain.


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

Expert opinion of the Working Group on Prevention, AKI section, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine


4 – Guideline: Antenatal Corticosteroid Therapy for Fetal Maturation – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (free)

See also: Summary

Related: Antenatal corticosteroids for accelerating fetal lung maturation for women at risk of preterm birth – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text) AND A dose of corticosteroids benefit most women anticipating a preterm delivery – NIHR Signals (free)


5 – Guideline: Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (free)

See also: Summary

Related: Opioid Use in Pregnancy, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and Childhood Outcomes: Executive Summary of a Joint Workshop by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the March of Dimes Foundation (free)


6 – Is Weight Loss Associated with Less Progression of Changes in Knee Articular Cartilage among Obese and Overweight Patients as Assessed with MR Imaging over 48 Months? Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative – Radiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Weight Loss Can Slow Down Knee Joint Degeneration – RSNA Press Release (free) AND Osteoarthritis: Knee joint degeneration slowed with weight loss, study confirms – Medical News Today (free)


7 – Particulate Matter Exposure and Stress Hormone Levels: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Crossover Trial of Air Purification – Circulation (free)

Commentaries: Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolismo – Reuters (free) AND AND Novel Study Shows How Air Pollution Increases CVD Risk – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease; air purifiers may lessen impact – American Heart Association, via Science Daily (free)

Related: The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, says WHO – World Health Organization (free) AND Estimates and 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015 – The Lancet (free) AND Death in the Air: Air Pollution Costs Money and Lives – World Bank (free infographic and report)


8 – Systemic Therapy for Stage IV Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update (free)

Commentary: ASCO Guideline on Stage IV NSCLC Therapy Updated – ASCO Post (free)


9 – The Saudi Thoracic Society guidelines for diagnosis and management of noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis – Annals of Thoracic Medicine (free)


10 – Swarm Intelligence-Enhanced Detection of Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Using Tumor-Educated Platelets – Cancer Cell (free)

Commentaries: Liquid Biopsy Reads RNA Collected by Platelets to Diagnose Cancer – Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (free) AND Blood biopsy test reads platelets to detect human lung cancer – Cell Press, via EurekAlert (free)

Related: Analysis of Plasma Epstein–Barr Virus DNA to Screen for Nasopharyngeal Cancer – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text) AND Video – EBV DNA Screening for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (free) AND Can a ‘liquid biopsy’ detect cancer and save lives? – STAT (free) AND Plasma Epstein–Barr virus DNA useful for nasopharyngeal carcinoma screening – 2 Minute Medicine (free)


Tue, August 22 – 10 Stories of The Day!



1 – Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents – American Academy of Pediatrics (free)

News release: AAP issues new pediatric hypertension clinical practice guideline – AAP News (free)


2 – Factors Associated With Choice of Infant Sleep Position – Pediatrics (free)

Commentaries: Less than half of mothers place sleeping infants supine – 2 Minute Medicine (free) AND Most moms aren’t putting babies to sleep safely, study says – CNN (free) AND Less Than Half of Mothers Report Always Putting Babies to Sleep in Supine Position – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Parents still failing to put babies to sleep on their backs – Reuters (free)

Placing infants in the supine position for sleep reduces the risk of sudden unexpected infant death and has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2005. Nevertheless, in this survey only 43,7% of mothers placed their infants exclusively in supine position for sleep.


3 – Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy and the Risk of Subsequent Cardiovascular Disease – Perinatal and Paediatric Epidemiology (free)

Commentaries: Study: Hypertension in pregnancy may affect long-term heart health – UPI (free) AND Hypertension during pregnancy may affect women’s long-term cardiovascular health – Wiley, via EurekAlert (free)

Related: Women with High-Risk Pregnancies Are More Likely To Develop Heart Disease – NPR (free) AND Adverse Pregnancy Conditions, Infertility, and Future Cardiovascular Risk: Implications for Mother and Child – Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy (free)


4 – Medical News & Perspectives: Chess Study Revives Debate Over Cognition-Enhancing Drugs – JAMA (free)

Related: Growing use of smart drugs by students could be a recipe for disaster – The Conversation (free) AND Brain Hackers Seeking Peak Performance Use Risky Chemical Cocktails: “Smart drugs” are not clinically proven and could be dangerous – Scientific American (free) AND Universities must do more to tackle use of smart drugs, say experts – The Guardian (free) AND Tweaking brains with ‘smart drugs’ to get ahead in Silicon Valley – The Washington Post (free) AND Professors take same ‘smart drugs’ as students to keep up with workloads, claims academic – Independent (free)


5 – When surgery is just a stitch-up – The Guardian (RT @Onisillos  see Tweet)

Related article: Use of placebo controls in the evaluation of surgery: systematic review – The BMJ (free)

“With evidence mounting that many minor operations owe their success to the placebo effect, is it time to call a halt to some routine procedures?”


6 – Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapy Among Smokers Hospitalized for Coronary Heart Disease – JAMA Internal Medicine (free)

Commentaries: Smokers hospitalized for heart attacks often don’t get cessation drugs – Reuters (free) AND Smokers Hospitalized for CHD Rarely Receive Cessation Pharmacotherapy During Hospitalization – American College of Cardiology, Latest in Cardiology (free)


7 – Re-analysis of All-Cause Mortality in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2016 Evidence Report on Colorectal Cancer Screening – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Tied to Lower Mortality Risk – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Reduces All-Cause Mortality – Medscape (free registration required)


8 – The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Inherited Polyposis Syndromes – Diseases of the Colon & Rectum (free)


9 – Oncological patients in the intensive care unit: prognosis, decision-making, therapies and end-of-life care – Swiss Medical Weekly (free)

Source: Critical Care Review Newsletter


10 – Uric acid and incident dementia over 12 years of follow-up: a population-based cohort study – Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Elevated Uric Acid Linked to Dementia in the Elderly – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Dementia risk may be higher in elderly patients with high serum uric acid levels – ACP Internist (free)


Fri, August 18 – 10 Stories of The Day!



1 – A randomized synbiotic trial to prevent sepsis among infants in rural India – Nature (free PDF)

Commentaries: At Last, a Big, Successful Trial of Probiotics – The Atlantic (free) AND Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection – NPR Goats and Soda (free) AND Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants – The Scientist (free)


2 – Global, regional, and national deaths, prevalence, disability-adjusted life years, and years lived with disability for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 – Lancet Respiratory Medicine (free)

Invited commentary: COPD and asthma: the emergency is clear, now is the time for action (free)


3 – Perspective: Saying Goodbye to Lectures in Medical School: Paradigm Shift or Passing Fad? – New England Journal of Medicine (free)

Related: Vermont Medical School Says Goodbye To Lectures – NPR (free)


4 – Analysis – Too much medicine: Mapping the drivers of overdiagnosis to potential solutions – The BMJ (free)

Related: Overdiagnosis, ethics, and trolley problems: why factors other than outcomes matter – The BMJ (free) AND The overdiagnosis community targets solutions – The BMJ (free) AND Are expanding disease definitions unnecessarily labelling women with polycystic ovary syndrome? – The BMJ (free) AND When technology creates uncertainty: pulse oximetry and Overdiagnosis of hypoxaemia in bronchiolitis – The BMJ (free)


5 – The global burden of tuberculosis mortality in children: a mathematical modelling study – The Lancet Global Health (free)

Commentaries: Tuberculosis in children: under-counted and under-treate – The Lancet Global Health (free) AND TB killed an estimated 239,000 children in 2015, nearly all of them untreated, study finds – Science Speaks Blog (free)


6 – A comparison of early versus late initiation of renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury in critically ill patients: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials – BMC Nephrology (free)

Source: Critical Care Reviews Newsletter

Early initiation of RRT in critically ill patients did not result in reduced mortality, change in renal function recovery, duration of RRT, renal recovery time, mechanical ventilation time or complications.


7 – Recommendations for HIV Screening of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men — United States, 2017 – CDC, MMWR (free)

@CDC_HIVAIDS recommends men who have sex with men be tested for HIV at least annually”. (RT @CDCMMWR see Tweet)


8 – Special issue: Topical Collection on Decompensated Heart Failure – Current Heart Failure Reports

Source: Critical Care Reviews Newsletter

– Inpatient Monitoring of Decompensated Heart Failure: What Is Needed? (free)

– Acute Heart Failure: Definition, Classification and Epidemiology (free)

– Mechanical Circulatory Support for Decompensated Heart Failure (free)

– Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Treatment for Decompensated Heart Failure: What Is New? (free)

– Venous Congestion, Endothelial and Neurohormonal Activation in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Cause or Effect? (free)

– Current Approach to Decongestive Therapy in Acute Heart Failure (free)


9 – A National Implementation Project to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection in Nursing Home Residents – JAMA Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Study Shows 54 Percent Drop in CAUTIs Among Nursing Home Residents – Infection Control Today (free) AND AHRQ safety program helps cut catheter infections by more than 50% among nursing home patients, JAMA study shows – Healthcare Finance (free) AND Implementing technical and socioadaptive bundles may decrease catheter-associated urinary tract infections in nursing homes – 2 Minute Medicine (free) AND Nursing homes cut urinary tract infections in half through focused effort on catheter care – Michigan University, via EurekAlert (free)

Related: Toolkit for Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (free resources)


10 – Review: The role of bariatric surgery to treat diabetes: current challenges and perspectives – BMC Endocrine Disorders (free)


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