Women and Heart Disease: New Data Reaffirm Lack of Awareness By Women and Physicians

23Jun
2017

What’s the best way for children to lose weight?

23Jun
2017

What is people-centered care? And why does it matter?

23Jun
2017

WHO Framework on integrated people-centered health services (free resources)

Video: WHO – What is people-centered care? And why does it matter? Our new video explains! (free) (RT @WHO see Tweet)

“Integrated people-centered health services means putting the comprehensive needs of people and communities, not only diseases, at the center of health systems, and empowering people to have a more active role in their own health”.

 

Breastfeeding and the Risk of Maternal Cardiovascular Disease

23Jun
2017

Value-Based Care Alone Won’t Reduce Health Spending and Improve Patient Outcomes

22Jun
2017

Value-Based Care Alone Won’t Reduce Health Spending and Improve Patient Outcomes – Harvard Business Review (a few articles per month are free) (RT @pash22 see Tweet)

“We believe that value-based care, implemented using lean principles and in conjunction with an ongoing, community-wide effort to address social determinants of health, can reduce health spending and deliver on the promise of better health”

 

Making the Case for Midwifery

22Jun
2017

Opinion: If we want to save children’s lives, this is what we need to do – World Economic Forum (free)

Related infographic: Making the Case for Midwifery (free)

See also WHO’s Every Newborn Action Plan and related commentaries in our June 22 issue (see #1)

According to the text, investing in midwifes could prevent up to 2/3 of global maternal and newborn deaths and yield a 16-fold return on investment

 

Public Health in Humanitarian Crises

22Jun
2017

Just started! Public Health in Humanitarian Crises – Free Online Course from the Johns Hopkins University and Coursera

“This course introduces a set of public health problems experienced by people affected by natural disasters and/or conflict. It discusses the many changes in people’s lives when they are uprooted by a disaster, ranging from changes in disease patterns, access to health care, livelihoods, shelter, sanitary conditions, nutritional status, etc”.

 

Is aircraft noise exposure associated with cardiovascular disease and hypertension?

22Jun
2017

Every Newborn Action Plan – World Health Organization

22Jun
2017

Every Newborn Action Plan – World Health Organization (free) (RT @WHO see Tweet with infographic)

Related report from UK: Each Baby Counts – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (free PDF) Each Baby Counts Homepage (free resources) AND Reducing baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth – BBC News (free)

Every year, 2.7 million babies die in the first 28 days of life. 75% of these deaths are preventable.

 

WHO bids goodbye to Dr Chan and celebrates her achievements

22Jun
2017

WHO bids goodbye to Dr Chan and celebrates her achievements – World Health Organization (Source: WHO Newsletter)

Report 1: Ten years of transformation: Making WHO fit for purpose in the 21st century (free)

Report 2: Ten years in public health 2007-2017 (free)

Report 3: Healthier, fairer, safer: the global health journey 2007–2017 (free)

Related: My decade leading the WHO: dirty fights and steps toward universal coverage – by By Margaret Chan, Via STAT News (free)

“As Dr Margaret Chan’s term as Director-General of WHO comes to an end, we’d like to share some of the successes, setbacks and enduring challenges of the past decade in global public health.”

 

Conflicts of interest in healthcare, academics, public relations and journalism

21Jun
2017

Five ways virtual reality is improving healthcare

21Jun
2017

Five ways virtual reality is improving healthcare – The Conversation (free)

“Virtual reality can help patients overcome pain, beat phobias and even improve memory” (RT @ConversationUK see Tweet)

 

Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department

21Jun
2017

Taxing sugary drinks would boost productivity, not just health

21Jun
2017

Yoga, Physical Therapy, or Education for Chronic Low Back Pain

21Jun
2017

Can Zika infection attack the brains of newborns?

21Jun
2017

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

21Jun
2017

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money – VOX (free)

Related: Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D? – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“Screening for vitamin D has exploded — with no good evidence that it helps people.”

 

The pressure of Big Pharma

21Jun
2017

The pressure of Big Pharma – The Globe and Mail (a few articles per month are free) (RT @CADTH_ACMTS see Tweet)

“Financial conflicts of interest are commonplace in clinical practice guidelines”

 

The human genome was never completely sequenced

21Jun
2017

Invest in midwives to improve global health

20Jun
2017

What will healthcare look like in 2030?

20Jun
2017

Patients with opioid disorders frequently have other comorbidities

20Jun
2017

The Science Behind How Nature Affects Your Health

20Jun
2017

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)

 

Inspired by War Zones, Balloon Device May Save Civilians From Fatal Blood Loss

20Jun
2017

A Good News Story About Diarrhea

20Jun
2017

Who Should Assess the Needs of and Care for a Dementia Patient’s Caregiver?

20Jun
2017

Who Should Assess the Needs of and Care for a Dementia Patient’s Caregiver? – AMA Journal of Ethics (free)

“Physicians have an obligation to check in on dementia patients’ caregivers, and provide support if necessary” (RT @JournalofEthics see Tweet)

 

Why overtreatment and overdiagnosis can be bad for your health

20Jun
2017

Why overtreatment and overdiagnosis can be bad for your health – CBC Radio (free text and audio)

See more on the Choosing Wisely initiative in our April 5 issue, see #6.

“Choosing Wisely on CBC Sunday about overdiagnosis & importance of speaking with your doc about tests/treatments” (RT @ChooseWiselyCA see Tweet)

 

‘Not everyone wants to know': Warnings over genetic tests

20Jun
2017

Free online course. Starts today! Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents

19Jun
2017

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

19Jun
2017

Why are doctors killing themselves

19Jun
2017

Eight Tips for using Twitter during health-related conferences

19Jun
2017

PSA Test for Prostate Cancer

19Jun
2017

Hundreds died while taking an arthritis drug, but nobody alerted patients

19Jun
2017

Social media and mental health

16Jun
2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15, 2017)

16Jun
2017

The World Health Organization launched a series of video courses on epidemics, pandemics & health emergencies

16Jun
2017

A randomized trial of telemedicine efficacy and safety for nonacute headaches

16Jun
2017

Doctors are prone to burn-out and depression. We need to take care

16Jun
2017

Risk of major congenital malformations in relation to maternal overweight and obesity severity

16Jun
2017

Too much medical care: bad for you, bad for health care systems

16Jun
2017

World Blood Donor Day (June 14, 2017)

15Jun
2017

Time to Delivery of an Automated External Defibrillator Using a Drone for Simulated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests

15Jun
2017

Time to Delivery of an Automated External Defibrillator Using a Drone for Simulated Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests vs Emergency Medical Services – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

The JAMA Network – For the Media: Can Use of a Drone Improve Response Times for Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests Compared to an Ambulance?(free)

Commentaries: Drones Can Get Defibrillators to Bystanders Faster Than EMS Can – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Defibrillator Drones Can Reach You Four Times Faster Than EMS – ECN (free)

In 18 simulated cases in Sweden, the drones could get automatic external defibrillators to the scene an average of 16 minutes faster than emergency medical services.

 

6 Ways Drones Could Change Health Care

15Jun
2017

Hospitals Are Dramatically Overpaying for Their Technology

15Jun
2017

Hospitals Are Dramatically Overpaying for Their Technology – Harvard Business Review (a few articles per month are free)

“For years, hospitals have invested in sophisticated devices and IT systems that, on their own, can be awe-inspiring. Yet these technologies rarely share data, let alone leverage it to support better clinical care”.

 

Essential medicines require essential diagnostics

15Jun
2017

Essential medicines require essential diagnostics – The Huffington Post Canada Blogs (free)

See more about the new WHO list of essential medicines in our June 7th issue, see #1.

“To use essential medicines, have to know what you’re treating says @paimadhu so need essential diagnostics list too” (RT @markcha see Tweet)

 

The End of Human Doctors – The Bleeding Edge of Medical AI Research

14Jun
2017

Association Between Persistent Pain and Memory Decline and Dementia in a Longitudinal Cohort of Elders

14Jun
2017

Association Between Persistent Pain and Memory Decline and Dementia in a Longitudinal Cohort of Elders – JAMA Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Persistent Pain May Increase Dementia Risk – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

Cohort of community-dwelling older adults suggests there might be a link.

 

Snakebite finally makes a WHO list of top global health priorities

14Jun
2017

How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale

14Jun
2017

How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale – Mosaic Science (free)

“Falls—such as slipping in the shower or tripping down stairs—kill over 420,000 people worldwide each year” (RT @ghn_news see Tweet)

 

Palliative care: A pathway to value-based care for nursing homes

12Jun
2017

Mammograms: Are we overdiagnosing small tumors?

9Jun
2017

Hope and hype around cancer immunotherapy

9Jun
2017

Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline

8Jun
2017

The opioid crisis changed how doctors think about pain

8Jun
2017

The opioid crisis changed how doctors think about pain – VOX (free)

“One of the expectations our patients have is that pain can be completely eliminated. We as a medical community are coming to an understanding that this is not realistic.” (RT @KariTikkinen and @voxdotcom and see Tweet)

 

Things the Health Care Sector Must Do to Improve Cybersecurity

8Jun
2017

Association of Gestational Weight Gain With Maternal and Infant Outcomes

8Jun
2017

Eggs in Early Complementary Feeding and Child Growth

8Jun
2017

Eggs in Early Complementary Feeding and Child Growth: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Pediatrics (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Eggs Significantly Increase Growth in Young Children – Washington University in St. Louis, via NewsWise (free) AND An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller – BBC Health News (free)

“Surpassing previous research, study finds eggs are more viable nutrition, better intervention for children in developing countries” (from NewsWise)

 

Uncovered: an unexpected source of superbugs

8Jun
2017

Six decades of struggle over the pill

8Jun
2017

Six decades of struggle over the pill – Nature News (free)

Related: The tiny pill which gave birth to an economic revolution – BBC News (free)

Source: Global Health NOW Newsletter

“A notable anniversary highlights the progress and benefits of contraceptives, but also the continuing battle for access to them”.

 

WHO updates Essential Medicines List

7Jun
2017

#ASCO2017 – Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Chance of Recurrence

7Jun
2017

Dozens of recent clinical trials may contain wrong or falsified data

7Jun
2017

Current Tobacco Smoking and Desire to Quit Smoking Among Students Aged 13–15 Years

7Jun
2017

The impact of the environment on children’s health – New WHO Reports

7Jun
2017

#ASCO2017 – Small studies get big headlines

7Jun
2017

#ASCO2017 – Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017 – HealthNewsReview (free)

“Claim – Biggest breakthrough in a decade”. “Reality – The trial included only 15 women; no survival outcomes measured” (RT @HealthNewsRevu see Tweet)

 

More people now die from NCDs than from causes like malaria and polio

7Jun
2017

Small Steps Can Save Millions of Lives – Bloomberg (free) (RT @ghn_news see Tweet)

“More people now die from noncommunicable diseases than from causes like malaria and polio. Policy makers need to catch up”.

 

What is the best antidote for a jellyfish sting?

7Jun
2017

Prenatal antidepressant use and risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in offspring

7Jun
2017

20 million starving to death

7Jun
2017

The Specialists’ Stranglehold on Medicine

7Jun
2017

Television-Watching Health Effects Worse Than Other Sitting

6Jun
2017

#ASCO2017 – Survival in a Trial Assessing Patient-Reported Outcomes for Symptom Monitoring During Cancer Treatment

5Jun
2017

#ASCO2017 – Overall Survival Results of a Trial Assessing Patient-Reported Outcomes for Symptom Monitoring During Routine Cancer Treatment – JAMA (free)

Commentaries: Quickly reporting cancer complications may boost survival – STAT News (free) AND If This Were a Drug, the Price Would Be $100,000 – Medscape (free registration required) AND How a simple tech tool can help cancer patients live longer – The Washington Post (free)

“For surveillance of cancer, digital tracking of patient-generated data improves survival”. “The cost of digital tracking is very low and > 5 months median survival improvement is more than cancer drugs that cost > $100,000” (RT @EricTopol see Tweets and Answers)

 

ACP Decries Withdrawal from Climate Agreement

5Jun
2017

The Value of Teaching Patients to Administer Their Own Care

5Jun
2017

Estimates of global, regional, and national morbidity, mortality, and aetiologies of diarrhoeal diseases

5Jun
2017

Italy has introduced mandatory vaccinations – other countries should follow its lead

5Jun
2017

Television in the bedroom and body fatness

4Jun
2017

Chocolate intake and risk of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation

4Jun
2017

The high cost of childhood disruptive behavior disorders

4Jun
2017

The ‘good’ death that could have been much better

4Jun
2017

Growing use of smart drugs by students could be a recipe for disaster

1Jun
2017

Growing use of smart drugs by students could be a recipe for disaster – The Conversation (free)

“Students used to take drugs to get high. Now they take them to get higher grades” (RT @ConversationUK see Tweet)

 

Cancer drugs are getting better and dearer

1Jun
2017

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017

31May
2017

Healthcare Providers Shouldn’t Come to Work While Sick, but They Do — Here’s Why

31May
2017

Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results

30May
2017

Diagnosis creep: the new problem in medicine

30May
2017

The tiny pill which gave birth to an economic revolution

30May
2017

The tiny pill which gave birth to an economic revolution – BBC News (free)

A great read—and a powerful reminder that contraceptives are one of the best tools we have to drive economic growth” (RT @melindagatessee Tweet).

 

Comparison of general obesity and measures of body fat distribution in older adults in relation to cancer risk

30May
2017

Direct-to-Consumer Medical Testing in the Era of Value-Based Care

29May
2017

Viewpoint: Direct-to-Consumer Medical Testing in the Era of Value-Based Care – JAMA (free)

See also a recent discussion on direct-to-consumer genetic testing in our April 10th issue, see #5

Others disagree: “Dissing every consumer medical test as “low value”. Sorry, that’s not true. It’s called paternalism” (RT @EricTopol see Tweet)

 

The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

29May
2017

The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn’t Working – Time (cover story) (free)

“The challenges of weight loss and obesity – really well addressed” (RT @EricTopol see Tweet)

 

Countries like German and Italy are adopting mandatory vaccination policies

29May
2017

Cardiovascular Toxicity of Illicit Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use

26May
2017

Cardiovascular Toxicity of Illicit Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use – Circulation (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Anabolic Steroid Use Linked With Myocardial Dysfunction and Accelerated Atherosclerosis – TCTMD (free) AND Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart – American Heart Association News (free)

“The findings are a public health concern, given that as many as 1% of young men, not all of them athletes, may use these agents” (from TCTMD above).

 

Diagnostic accuracy of post-mortem CT

26May
2017

Reducing Risk After Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle (and Tree Nuts)

26May
2017

The lap band for weight loss is a tale of medicine gone wrong

25May
2017

Human papillomavirus vaccines: WHO position paper

25May
2017

Human papillomavirus vaccines: WHO position paper, May 2017 – World Health Organization Weekly epidemiological record (free PDF)

“WHO update on HPV vaccine. Short summary – it’s very safe, very effective, widespread implementation recommended” (RT @michaelgheadsee Tweet)

 

Factors Associated with Pediatric Mortality from Motor Vehicle Crashes

25May
2017

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

24May
2017

Just one alcoholic drink a day may increase breast cancer risk

24May
2017
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