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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)

 


Book: Child and Adolescent Health and Development – Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition (free)

Press Release: DCP3 Publishes Latest Volume: Child and Adolescent Health and Development (free)

Key Messages From the Series: Disease Control Priorities 3rd edition – The Lancet (7 reviews – free registration required)

Other books in the series: Essential Surgery / Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health / Cancer / Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders / Injury Prevention and Environmental Health / Major Infectious Diseases /Cardiovascular, respiratory, and related disorders / Disease Control Priorities (all free)

“Third edition of Disease Control Priorities launches today. A vast resource evaluating policy choices affecting the access, uptake & quality of interventions & delivery platforms to improve health in LMICs”. (RT @MRCTEG_LSHTM see Tweet)

 


European Society of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2017 – European Journal of Cardiology (free)

“The European Atlas of Cardiology brings together data from 56 countries to demonstrate the prevalence and cost of cardiovascular disease, and the need to utilise resources more effectively” (RT @OUPMedicine see Tweet)

 


World Malaria Report 2017 – World Health Organization (free)

News release: Global response to malaria at crossroads (free)

“After unprecedented global success in malaria control, progress has stalled”

 


Point-of-use fortification of foods with micronutrient powders containing iron in children of preschool and school-age – Cochrane Library (link to summary – $ for full-text)

“Powdered vitamins and minerals added to foods at the point-of-use reduces anaemia and iron deficiency in preschool- and school-age children”.

 


Health Effects and Public Health Concerns of Energy Drink Consumption in the United States: A Mini-Review – Frontiers in Public Health (free)

Commentaries: Serious health risks associated with energy drinks – ScienceDaily (free)

“To curb this growing public health issue, policy makers should regulate sales and marketing towards children and adolescents and set upper limits on caffeine” (from ScienceDaily)

 


World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017: A round up of Cochrane evidence – Evidently Cochrane (free)

 


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)

 


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)

 


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”.

 


Literature review: the economic costs of lung disease and the cost effectiveness of policy and service interventions – British Lung Foundation and British Thoracic Society (free PDF)

News release: New report identifies the most cost effective NHS activities and programmes to improve lung health – British Thoracic Society (free)

Source: Most cost effective treatments for lung disease identified – The BMJ News ($)

“The most cost effective treatments are: patient education and self management for asthma; stop smoking support for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); vaccination programmes for pneumonia; and awareness campaigns for lung cancer” (from The BMJ).

 


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”

 


Increasing prevalence of vascular risk factors in patients with stroke – Neurology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Health Conditions That Increase Stroke Risk Rise Across All Ages, Races – NPR (free)

“An estimated 80% of all 1st strokes are due to risk factors that can be changed,” says new study (RT @ACCmediacenter see Tweet)

 


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”.

 


Interventions to reduce harm in people who use tobacco. The latest Cochrane Evidence – Cochrane Tobbaco Edition (free summaries) (RT @CochraneUK see Tweet)

Comprehensive resource on evidence-based interventions to reduce tobacco related harm.

 


Development and validation of QMortality risk prediction algorithm to estimate short term risk of death and assess frailty: cohort study – The BMJ (free)

Editorial: Identifying frailty in primary care (free)

Commentary: Frailty calculator to support GPs in targeting patients for better care – MyScience (free)

See calculators: QMortality®-2017 risk calculator (free) AND QFrailty®-2017 risk calculator (free)

“the tool can reliably estimate risk of dying within 12 months and risk of unplanned admissions among patients aged between 65 and 100 years old” (from MyScience).

 


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”.

 


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