Global Burden of Sugar-Related Dental Diseases in 168 Countries and Corresponding Health Care Costs

22Aug
2017

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”

 

Study: Particulate Matter Exposure and Stress Hormone Levels

22Aug
2017

Cancer treatment: sorting the good news from the hype

22Aug
2017

Cancer treatment: sorting the good news from the hype – The Guardian (free)

“The newspapers love a cancer research story, but many are misleading or won’t affect patients for many years. But there is plenty of progress worth reporting”

 

Perspectives on Cognition-Enhancing Drugs

22Aug
2017

Opinion: When surgery is just a stitch-up

22Aug
2017

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?”

 

Study: association of obesity and metabolic health with coronary heart disease

21Aug
2017

Study: energy drink consumption and subsequent drug use during young adulthood

21Aug
2017

Study: Sleep Duration and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

21Aug
2017

Global burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma

17Aug
2017

Saying Goodbye to Lectures in Medical School: Paradigm Shift or Passing Fad?

17Aug
2017

Too much medicine: Mapping the drivers of overdiagnosis to potential solutions

17Aug
2017

The global burden of tuberculosis mortality in children

17Aug
2017

Too Many Drug Trials, Too Few Patients

17Aug
2017

Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write

16Aug
2017

Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write – The Conversation (free) (RT @Onisillos see Tweet)

“Science communicators, journalists, entrepreneurs, policymakers and interested members of the general public are all motivated to follow the latest scientific research. And yet, strangely enough, science papers are a communication tool but they are not that effective at communication”.

 

Antibiotic susceptibility testing in less than 30 min

16Aug
2017

Sexual health concerns after cancer treatment in women

16Aug
2017

Facing Surgery Without An Anesthesiologist On Hand

16Aug
2017

Pig genome editing with goal of providing organs for transplant

16Aug
2017

Epilepsy ‘Not a Rare Condition’

16Aug
2017

Study: diet soda can really mess with your metabolism

16Aug
2017

Study: diet soda can really mess with your metabolism – VOX (free)

Original article: Integration of Sweet Taste and Metabolism Determines Carbohydrate Reward – Current Biology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

See also a related meta-analysis showing little evidence of artificial sweeteners for weight loss in our July 18th issue (see #2)

“New research helps explain why artificial sweeteners are linked to obesity and metabolic disease”.

 

Relationship of Alcohol Consumption to All-Cause, Cardiovascular, and Cancer-Related Mortality

15Aug
2017

The Effects of Cannabis Among Adults With Chronic Pain

15Aug
2017

Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen

15Aug
2017

Gene Editing Using CRISPR: Why the Excitement?

15Aug
2017

EBV DNA Screening for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

15Aug
2017

Longer sleep is associated with lower BMI and favorable metabolic profiles

15Aug
2017

Gene-edited embryos are exciting, but the truly urgent conversations concern genomic medicine

15Aug
2017

Commit to talks on patient data and public health – Nature News (free)

“unlike gene-edited infants, which are still years away, genomic medicine is with us now” (RT @NatureNews see Tweet)

 

Surgery must be a core part of health care – even in the poorest countries

15Aug
2017

Ibuprofen versus placebo effect on acute kidney injury in ultramarathons

15Aug
2017

Skin-to-skin care: can it reduce procedural pain in neonates?

15Aug
2017

Skin-to-skin care: can it reduce procedural pain in neonates? – Evidently Cochrane Blog (free)

Original systematic review: Skin-to-skin care for procedural pain in neonates – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“Skin-to-skin care probably is an effective intervention for pain during procedures for neonates”.

 

Midlife Vascular Risk Factors and Incident Dementia

14Aug
2017

The effects of physical activity and fatigue on cognitive performance in breast cancer survivors

14Aug
2017

Use of Alternative Medicine for Cancer and Its Impact on Survival

13Aug
2017

Lifestyle Risk Factors Increase the Risk of Hospitalization for Sciatica

11Aug
2017

11 Organizations Urge Cautious but Proactive Approach to Gene Editing

11Aug
2017

Artificial intelligence: augmenting or replacing doctors?

11Aug
2017

These People Are Trying To Fix A Huge Problem In Science

11Aug
2017

These People Are Trying To Fix A Huge Problem In Science – BuzzFeed News (free)

“Big, important findings of previous studies – things we thought we knew – have failed to stand up to scrutiny”… (RT @Students4BE see Tweet)

 

Preventing Asthma Exacerbations With Mite-Impermeable Bedcovers

11Aug
2017

Breast-feeding for economic growth and prosperity

11Aug
2017

The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

11Aug
2017

Neuroprotective Diets Are Associated with Better Cognitive Function

10Aug
2017

Dog owners more likely to exercise

10Aug
2017

Is blogging or tweeting about research papers worth it?

10Aug
2017

Effect of marijuana use on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality

10Aug
2017

The best running stride? The one that comes naturally

9Aug
2017

Simple guide to CRISPR

7Aug
2017

Raw milk and cheese cause 840 times more illnesses than pasteurized products

7Aug
2017

Association of Resistance Exercise With the Incidence of Metabolic Syndrome

5Aug
2017

Genetic testing threatens the insurance industry

5Aug
2017

Genetic testing threatens the insurance industry – The Economist (a few articles per month are free)

“Insurers worry about adverse selection; the insured worry about discrimination”

 

Design Thinking for Doctors and Nurses

5Aug
2017

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain

4Aug
2017

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain – VOX (free)

“Mainstream medicine has failed people with chronic back pain”

 

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

4Aug
2017

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

Long read… very interesting.

 

Are high heels bad for your health?

3Aug
2017

A soft robotic exosuit improves walking in patients after stroke

3Aug
2017

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun

3Aug
2017

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun – VOX (free)

See more on mandatory vaccination in our May 29th (see #6) and July 12th (see #5) issues.

“Countries like Italy and Australia are tired of measles outbreaks — so they’re moving to fine anti-vaccine parents”.

 

Tai Chi for Risk of Falls. A Meta-analysis

3Aug
2017

Tai Chi for Risk of Falls. A Meta-analysis – Journal of The American Geriatrics Society (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Meta-Analysis: Tai Chi Keeps Seniors from Falling – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Tai chi may help reduce rate of falls in older and at-risk adults – News Medical (free)

‘Can reduce fall rates by almost half during the first year’ (from MedPage Today)

 

Longer sleep is associated with lower BMI and favorable metabolic profiles

3Aug
2017

Correction of a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos

3Aug
2017

Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic

1Aug
2017

Internet Searches for Suicide Following the Release of “13 Reasons Why”

1Aug
2017

Better drugs, faster: The potential of AI-powered humans

1Aug
2017

A ‘perfect storm’ superbug: How an invasive fungus got health officials’ attention

1Aug
2017

A Dangerous, “Silent Reservoir” For Gonorrhea: The Throat

1Aug
2017

A Dangerous, “Silent Reservoir” For Gonorrhea: The Throat – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

See related WHO report on the rising of “Untreatable Gonorrhea” in our July 10th issue (see #1)

“Drug-resistant gonorrhea is increasing. Now scientists say the epidemic is being driven by oral sex”. (RT @NYTHealth see Tweet)

 

World Hepatitis Day (28 July 2017) – World Health Organization Campaign

1Aug
2017

FDA announces comprehensive regulatory plan to shift trajectory of tobacco-related disease, death

1Aug
2017

Alcohol drinking patterns and risk of diabetes

1Aug
2017

Temporal trends in sperm count

28Jul
2017

Nutrition Advice Aimed at Children May Improve Parents’ Diets

27Jul
2017

Sophisticated Digital Aids Could Help Determine What Ails You

27Jul
2017

Sophisticated Digital Aids Could Help Determine What Ails You – Scientific American (free)

“Software to help make diagnoses, reduce medical errors but resistance of doctors to use” (RT @EricTopol see Tweet)

 

 

Social Interaction Improves Quality Of Life For People With Dementia

27Jul
2017

Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance

27Jul
2017

How to advise a friend frightened by a medical headline?

27Jul
2017

First compute no harm

27Jul
2017

First compute no harm – Enrico Coiera, via The BMJ Opinion (free)

“We will need new principles and regulations to govern medical artificial intelligence”

 

Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football

27Jul
2017

E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation

27Jul
2017

Effect of Sport Specialization on Lower Extremity Injury Rates in High School Athletes

27Jul
2017

“The antibiotic course has had its day”

27Jul
2017

Analysis: The antibiotic course has had its day – The BMJ (free)

Commentaries: Some Doctors Now Say to Stop Antibiotics When You Feel Better – TIME (free) AND Rule that patients must finish antibiotics course is wrong, study says – The Guardian (free)

“Experts suggest patients should stop taking the drugs when they feel better rather than completing their prescription” (from The Guardian)

 

Tai Chi for Risk of Falls. A Meta-analysis

24Jul
2017

Protein supplementation on resistance training-induced gains in muscle mass and strength in healthy adults

25Jul
2017

Tobacco Use in Top-Grossing Movies

25Jul
2017

Abuse of online games

25Jul
2017

Experimental HIV Vaccine Regimen Is Well-Tolerated, Elicits Immune Responses

25Jul
2017

Public Health and Economic Consequences of Vaccine Hesitancy for Measles

25Jul
2017

Public Health and Economic Consequences of Vaccine Hesitancy for Measles in the United States – JAMA Pediatrics (free)

Commentary: Small decline in MMR vaccination rates could have dramatic effect, experts warn – The Guardian (free)

“A 5% drop in measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations could cause a threefold increase of measles cases, costing the public sector millions, US study shows” (from The Guardian)

 

Child Living with HIV Maintains Remission Without Drugs Since 2008

25Jul
2017

Alcohol and cardiovascular disease in the geriatric population

25Jul
2017

Public health interventions may offer society a return on investment of £14 for each £1 spent

25Jul
2017

The Population Health Benefits Of A Healthy Lifestyle

25Jul
2017

Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide?

25Jul
2017

Why cancer is not a war, fight, or battle

24Jul
2017

Why cancer is not a war, fight, or battle – CNN (free)

Related: He’s a Fighter – The Atlantic (free)

“Cancer is a process, it’s not a war. No winners or losers. Stop military metaphors”. (RT @lucadf see Tweet)

 

NHS to end prescription of homeopathic remedies

24Jul
2017

The trouble with genetic testing

23Jul
2017

‘We are all mutants now’: the trouble with genetic testing – The Guardian (free) (RT @EricTopol see Tweet)

Related: The uncertain future of genetic testing – Mosaic (free)

“With so many unknowns in our DNA, using genetics in medical testing doesn’t always bring the answers – sometimes it brings only doubt”.

 

High-Dose Vitamin D Doesn’t Prevent Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Children

23Jul
2017

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

23Jul
2017

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates – ProPublica (free)

“Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer”.

 

Emerging Data Show E-Cigarettes May Pose Heart Risk

23Jul
2017

Commentary and perspectives on graft-versus-host disease

23Jul
2017

Here’s how much is needed to meet SDGs’ global health targets by 2030

22Jul
2017

Here’s how much is needed to meet SDGs’ global health targets by 2030 – Devex (free)

See related Lancet Report and commentaries in our July 18th issue (see #9)

“Low- and middle-income countries will require an additional $134 billion per year between now and 2025 to reach health-related targets under the Sustainable Development Goals, leading to universal health coverage”.

 

Poor-Quality Medicine: A Global Pandemic

22Jul
2017

Poor-Quality Medicine: A Global Pandemic – Devex (free)

“Each year, the proliferation of substandard and falsified medicines puts the lives of millions of people – particularly those living in developing countries – at risk”

 

Toothpaste ingredient linked to antibiotic resistance

22Jul
2017

Quinolone-resistant gyrase mutants demonstrate decreased susceptibility to triclosan – Journal of Antibiotic Chemotherapy (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Toothpaste ingredient linked to antibiotic resistance – NHS Choices (free) AND Antibiotic resistance linked to common household disinfectant triclosan – University of Birmingham, via Science Daily (free)

“”The worry is that this might happen in reverse and triclosan exposure might encourage growth of antibiotic resistant strains”. (from Science Daily)

 

Educational Attainment And Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

22Jul
2017

Helping Those Who Hoard

22Jul
2017

Helping Those Who Hoard – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

 

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