General Interest

Urgent health challenges for the next decade – World Health Organization (free)

Commentary: ‘No shortcuts to a healthier world’: WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade – UN News (free)


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You Are Unvaccinated and Got Sick. These Are Your Odds. – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“Comparing the dangerous effects of three diseases with the minimal side effects of their corresponding vaccines.”


New baby: fads, fashions and evidence for new parents – Evidently Cochrane (free)


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‘Evidence-Based Medicine’ and the Expulsion of Peter Gøtzsche – Undark (free)


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What Is the Keto Diet and Does It Work? – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

Related: The Ketogenic Diet: Pros and Cons (free articles on the subject)


Artificial Intelligence Is Rushing Into Patient Care – And Could Raise Risks – Scientific American (a few articles per month are free)

“AI systems are not as rigorously tested as other medical devices, and have already made serious mistakes.”


Looking forward 25 years: the future of medicine – Nature (free)

“To celebrate the end of our 25th anniversary year, we asked thought leaders and experts in the field to answer one question: What will shape the next 25 years of medical research?”


The Altmetric TOP 100 Articles of 2019

5 Jan, 2020 | 14:24h | UTC

The Altmetric TOP 100 Articles of 2019

See the 54 articles in the List Related to Medical and Health Sciences

“In the past 12 months, Altmetric has tracked over 62.5 million mentions of 2.7 million research outputs. Here, we’ve highlighted the 100 most-discussed works of 2019 – those that have truly captured the public imagination.”


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Working 9 to 5, not the way to make an academic living: observational analysis of manuscript and peer review submissions over time – The BMJ (free)

Commentaries: Study busts 9 to 5 model for academic work – Queensland University of Technology (free) AND There’s No Winter Break From ‘Publish or Perish’ – The New York Times (a few articles per month are free)


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Predatory journals: no definition, no defence – Nature (free)

Related: Many Academics Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free) AND Predatory Journals Are Such a Big Problem It’s Not Even Funny – HIV and ID Observations (free)

“Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach.”


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Surgeons withdraw support for heart disease advice – BBC (free)

YouTube Video: European guidelines on heart disease under review – BBC Newsnight (free)

See also: EACTS responds to BBC Newsnight’s investigation on the EXCEL trial – European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (free)

Commentary: EACTS Pulls Out of Left Main Guidelines After BBC Bombshell Alleging EXCEL Trial Cover-up – TCTMD (free)


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Pathways to independence: towards producing and using trustworthy evidence – The BMJ (free)

See Complete Series: Commercial Influence in Health: from Transparency to Independence (free articles)

Commentary: Time to end drug company distortion of medical evidence – The Conversation (free)


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Why is the world losing the fight against history’s most lethal disease? – The Guardian (free)

Opinion piece by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)


Large-Scale Assessment of a Smartwatch to Identify Atrial Fibrillation – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: What Can We Learn From The Apple Heart Study? – Cardiobrief (free)

“…nearly half a million people were required to identify a few hundred people with AF. (It should further be noted that we have no idea whether the patients identified in this group will even benefit from their diagnosis, since they may differ in important ways from AF patients identified by traditional means.)” (from Cardiobrief)


The second-hand effects of antibiotics: communicating the public health risks of drug resistance – JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance (free)


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Association between gifts from pharmaceutical companies to French general practitioners and their drug prescribing patterns in 2016: retrospective study using the French Transparency in Healthcare and National Health Data System databases – The BMJ (free)


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Reporting research findings to participants is an ethical imperative – The BMJ (free for a limited period)


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Sepsis hysteria: excess hype and unrealistic expectations – The Lancet (free)

Commentary: Sepsis myths create ‘unhealthy climate of fear’, say experts – The Guardian (free)

Source: Grupo UTIclínica – HCFMUSP


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Older Patients (Still) Left Out of Cancer Clinical Trials – JAMA (free for a limited period)

Related: Exclusion of patients with concomitant chronic conditions in ongoing randomised controlled trials targeting 10 common chronic conditions and registered at a systematic review of registration details – BMJ Open (free) AND Do cancer clinical trials exaggerate the real-world benefits of drugs? – STAT News (free)


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Trends in Internet Searches for Cannabidiol (CBD) in the United States – JAMA Network Open (free)

Commentaries: Interest in CBD products keeps soaring, but health experts wary – HealthDay (free) AND Online Searches For CBD Skyrocket – (free)


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12 Innovations That Will Change Health Care and Medicine in the 2020s – TIME (free)


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The Silent Heart Attack You Didn’t Know You Had – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

Related Studies: Silent Myocardial Infarction Often Precedes Sudden Cardiac Death (link to abstract and commentaries) AND Cohort Study: Long-term Outcomes of Unrecognized MI (link to abstract and commentaries)


Neurodegenerative Disease Mortality among Former Professional Soccer Players – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Dementia in football: Ex-players three and a half times more likely to die of condition – BBC (free) AND Study shows more thinking problems in former pro soccer players – Reuters (free)


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Neglecting Major Health Problems and Broadcasting Minor, Uncertain Issues in Lifestyle Science – JAMA (free for a limited period)


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Cascades of Care After Incidental Findings in a US National Survey of Physicians – JAMA Network Open (free)

Commentaries: The Important but Rarely Studied Cascade of Care – JAMA Network Open (free) AND Incidental Test Findings and the Burden They Create – MedPage Today (free registration required)

Related: Umbrella Review: Prevalence and Outcomes of Incidental Imaging Findings (free)


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Complexity in Assessing the Benefit vs Risk of Vaccines: Experience With Rotavirus and Dengue Virus Vaccines – JAMA (free for a limited period)

“At what threshold does a large reduction in disease burden for society justify the small risk of an adverse reaction to an individual?”


Offline: Touch—the first language – The Lancet (free)

Related: Of Slide Rules and Stethoscopes: AI and the Future of Doctoring – The Hastings Center Report (free)


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Are zombie doctors taking over America? – TEDMED (free)

Source: MedPage Today

“Physician Zubin Damania, Director of Healthcare Development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, has a plan to fight back against a system that can dehumanize doctors and patients alike.”


The Future of OA: A large-scale Analysis Projecting Open Access Publication and Readership – bioRxiv (free PDF)

News Release: The Future of OA: A large-scale analysis projecting Open Access publication and readership – Our Research Blog (free)


“In 2019:

31% of all journal articles are available as OA

52% of all article views are to OA articles


Given existing trends, we estimate that by 2025:

44% of all journal articles will be available as OA

70% of all article views will be to OA articles”


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The Folly of Big Science Awards – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)


Podcast: In-Flight Emergencies

8 Oct, 2019 | 10:06h | UTC

I’ve noticed a change in my colleague’s behaviour. What should I do? – The BMJ (free) (via @brhospitalist)


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There’s a reason we don’t know much about AI – Politico (free)


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Poetry and Medicine: Dysthanasia

18 Sep, 2019 | 02:28h | UTC

Dysthanasia – JAMA (free for a limited period)


World Health Organization Campaign on World Patient Safety Day (free resources)

News Release: WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare (free)

See also: Patient Safety Fact Sheet (free) 10 facts on patient safety (free) AND The Lancet Editorial: Patient safety: too little, but not too late (free)


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2019 Ig Nobels Award Study That Found Surgeons Are Trained Better When Treated Like Dogs – (free)

See also: Training surgeons like dogs, icky money win 2019 Ig Nobels – Associated Press (free)

2018 Ig Nobel Awards: Ig Nobel Win for Kidney Stone Removing Roller-coaster (free commentaries)

Source: Training surgeons with clickers and warm scrotum studies win Ig Nobel awards – The BMJ ($)

“The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.” (from About the Ig Nobel Prizes, in Improbable Research)