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Does Cancer Screening Save More Lives Overall? Not Necessarily – WBUR (free) (via @HealthNewsRevu see Tweet)

Related systematic review: Does screening for disease save lives in asymptomatic adults? Systematic review of meta-analyses and randomized trials – International Journal of Epidemiology (free)

“We are not suggesting that cancer screening is useless. Our critique aims to show that screening tests are like any other medical intervention: there are benefits and harms.  And it’s why we support informed decision-making”.

 


First Dementia Global Monitoring System Launched: Global Dementia Observatory (free resources)

News release: Dementia: number of people affected to triple in next 30 years – World Health Organization (free)

 


Aerobic exercise moderately reduces depressive symptoms in new mothers – NIHR Signal (free)

Original article: Does aerobic exercise reduce postpartum depressive symptoms? a systematic review and meta-analysis – British Journal of General Practice (free)

“Involving new mothers in group exercise programmes, or advising them on an exercise of their choice, reduced depressive symptoms compared with usual care” (RT @NIHR_DC see Tweet)

 


Children, Adolescents and Screens: What We Know and What We Need To Learn – Pediatrics Supplement (free articles)

Table of contents

– Introduction

– Digital Screen Media and Cognitive Development

– Media Multitasking and Cognitive, Psychological, Neural, and Learning Differences

– Benefits and Costs of Social Media in Adolescence

– Digital Life and Youth Well-being, Social Connectedness, Empathy, and Narcissism

– Digital Media, Anxiety, and Depression in Children

– Internet Gaming Disorder in Children and Adolescents

– Virtual Reality in Pediatric Psychology

– Digital Media and Sleep in Childhood and Adolescence

– Screen Media Exposure and Obesity in Children and Adolescents

– Digital Media and Risks for Adolescent Substance Abuse and Problematic Gambling

– Small Screen Use and Driving Safety

– Parenting and Digital Media

– Children’s Privacy in the Big Data Era: Research Opportunities

– Developing Digital and Media Literacies in Children and Adolescents

– Digital Media, Participatory Politics, and Positive Youth Development

– Digital Inequality and Developmental Trajectories of Low-income, Immigrant, and Minority Children

– Global Perspectives on Children’s Digital Opportunities: An Emerging Research and Policy Agenda

– Screen Violence and Youth Behavior

– Defining Cyberbullying

– The Effect of Advertising on Children and Adolescents

– Social Group Stories in the Media and Child Development

– Sexual Media and Childhood Well-being and Health

 


CheXNet: Radiologist-Level Pneumonia Detection on Chest X-Rays with Deep Learning – Stanford ML Group (free)

“We develop an algorithm that can detect pneumonia from chest X-rays at a level exceeding practicing radiologists”

 


White Smoke From the Vatican? Not From Cigarettes – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

Related: No more Holy Smokes – Vatican bans sale of cigarettes – Reuters (free) AND Holy smoke: Vatican bans duty-free cigarette sales – BBC (free)

“WHO welcomes the Vatican’s decision to ban the sale of cigarettes as of next year. Tobacco kills more than 7 million people every year” (RT @WHO see Tweet)

 


Circulating vitamin D concentration and risk of seven cancers: Mendelian randomisation study – The BMJ (free)

Commentary: Vitamin D level not associated with cancer risk – Clinical Adviser (free)

“These results, in combination with previous literature, provide evidence that population-wide screening for vitamin D deficiency and subsequent widespread vitamin D supplementation should not currently be recommended as a strategy for primary cancer prevention”.

 


The Growing Value of Digital Health: Evidence and Impact on Human Health and the Healthcare System – IQVIA Institute (free)

Commentary: Study Names Top Apps for Patients to Manage Illnesses – Medscape (free registration required)

“An impressive, in-depth report on digital health, shows how the field is taking hold” (RT @EricTopol see Tweet)

 


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)

 


Association of Warfarin Use With Lower Overall Cancer Incidence Among Patients Older Than 50 Years – JAMA Internal Medicine (free)

“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”.

 


Payments by US pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to US medical journal editors: retrospective observational study – The BMJ (free)

“Industry payments to journal editors are common and often large, particularly for certain subspecialties. Journals should consider the potential impact of such payments on public trust in published research”.

 


Is It Possible to Predict the Next Pandemic? – The Atlantic (free)

“Large initiatives are underway to pinpoint the next big viral threats—but some virologists believe the task is too hard”.

 


The Lancet Commission on pollution and health (Report, Executive Summary, Video, Audio and Comments – free registration required)

Commentaries: Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined – NPR (free) AND Pollution linked to one in six deaths – BBC (free)

 


We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones – TIME (free)

Related: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? – The Atlantic (free)

“Just how dangerous are smartphones for kids? Here’s why health experts are worried”

 


As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“In a deal similar to the one that turned the tide against AIDS, manufacturers and charities will make chemotherapy drugs available in six poor countries at steep discounts”.

 


How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds – The Wall Street Journal (free) (RT @EricTopol see Tweet)

“Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens”

 


Outcomes In Two Massachusetts Hospital Systems Give Reason For Optimism About Communication-And-Resolution Programs – Health Affairs (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: After medical error, apology goes a long way – Stanford University Medical Center, via ScienceDaily (free) AND Conflict Resolution Program: ‘Cause for Optimism’ – MedPage Today (free registration required)

 


Relationship of Sleep Duration With All‐Cause Mortality and Cardiovascular Events: A Systematic Review and Dose‐Response Meta‐Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies – Journal of The American Heart Association (free)

“Our findings indicate that both short and long sleep duration is associated with an increased risk of all‐cause mortality and cardiovascular events”.

 


Effect of a Community Health Worker–Led Multicomponent Intervention on Blood Pressure Control in Low-Income Patients in Argentina: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Community Intervention among Low-Income Patients Results in Improved Blood Pressure Control – The JAMA Network (free)

“The proportion of patients with controlled hypertension (BP <140/90 mm Hg) increased from 17 percent at baseline to 73 percent in the intervention group and from 18 percent to 52 percent in the usual care group”.

 


Cancer’s Invasion Equation – The New Yorker (free)

We can detect tumors earlier than ever before. Can we predict whether they’re going to be dangerous?

 


Use of public defibrillators linked to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival – NIHR Signal (free)

Original article: The Effects of Public Access Defibrillation on Survival After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies – Circulation (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“Each minute of delay to defibrillation is estimated to reduce the probability of long-term survival by 10%” (RT @NIHR_DC see Tweet)

 


Life, death, and disability in 2016: latest estimates from The Global Burden of Disease Study – The Lancet

Editorial: Life, death, and disability in 2016 (free)

– Global, regional, and national under-5 mortality, adult mortality, age-specific mortality, and life expectancy, 1970–2016 (free)

– Global, regional, and national age-sex specific mortality for 264 causes of death, 1980–2016: (free)

– Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 328 diseases and injuries for 195 countries, 1990–2016: (free)

– Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 333 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016 (free)

– Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990–2016 (free)

– Measuring progress and projecting attainment on the basis of past trends of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries (free)

Commentaries: New global study finds countries saving more lives, despite a ‘triad of troubles’ in obesity, violence, and mental illness – Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (free) AND Smoking And Poor Diet Still Leading Killers Worldwide – Pursuit (free)

See also: GBD Compare Interactive Tool – Explore which causes & risk factors are causing the most death & disability in your country over time (free tool)

 


How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food – The New York times (10 articles per month are free) (RT @glassmanamanda Tweet)

“As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems”.

 


Preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by reducing environmental risk factors – World Health Organization (free)

“We welcome new @WHO report, showing 23% of all deaths can be prevented through healthier environments” (RT @HealthandEnv see Tweet)

 


Educating Girls, Ending Child Marriage – World Bank (free)

Related infographic and report: Putting a Price Tag on Child Marriage

“By keeping girls in school, girls would have a better chance for safety and security, to health and education, and to make their own life choices and decisions”.

“Being born to a mother younger than 18 increases the risk dying by the age of 5” (RT @WBG_Health see Tweet)

 


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