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Practice guideline update summary: Efficacy and tolerability of the new antiepileptic drugs – American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society

Part I: Treatment of new-onset epilepsy (free PDF)

Part II: Treatment-resistant epilepsy (free PDF)

Commentary: New Epilepsy Guidelines Shed Light on Explosion of New Drugs – MedPage Today (free registration required)


Saving lives, spending less: a strategic response to noncommunicable diseases – World Health Organization (free PDF)

News Release: Investing in noncommunicable disease control generates major financial and health gains – World Health Organization (free)

“For every US$1 invested in each policy area, the following returns have been documented:

US$12.82 from promoting healthy diets

US$9.13 from reducing the harmful use of alcohol

US$7.43 from lower tobacco use

US$3.29 from providing drug therapy for cardiovascular disease

US$2.80 from increasing physical activity

US$2.74 from managing cancer”


Managing epidemics: Key facts about major deadly diseases – World Health Organization (free)

“Managing epidemics. This @WHO manual provides concise, up-to-date knowledge on 15 infectious diseases that have the potential to become international threats, and tips on how to respond to each of them”. (via @Onisillos and @claireekt see Tweet)


NAP6 Report: Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions: Report and findings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ 6th National Audit Project (free PDF)

News Release: RCoA undertakes largest ever study of anaphylaxis in anaesthesia and surgery (free)

Infographic: Anaesthesia, Surgery and Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions (free PDF)

“The study found teicoplanin is 17-fold more likely to cause anaphylaxis than penicillin and similar drugs. As 90 per cent of patients who report penicillin allergy are in fact not allergic, better identification of true allergy would reduce risk”. (from News Release)


Clinical Practice Guideline: Chronic Asthma – Toward Optimized Practice (free PDF)

See also: Summary (free PDF)

Related: see all TOP Clinical Practice Guidelines, a practical resource for Family Physicians at the point of care.


Report: Using dietary intake modelling to achieve population salt reduction – A guide to developing a country-specific salt reduction model (2018) – WHO Europe (free PDF)

“The Salt Reduction Model is a 5-step plan to help countries achieve a 30% reduction in population salt intake. Reducing salt consumption will help prevent and control noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and stroke” (via @WHO_Europe see Tweet)


Handbook for national quality policy and strategy – World Health Organization (free PDF)

“A practical approach for developing policy and strategy to improve quality of care”


USPSTF Draft Recommendation Statement: Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening (free)

Commentaries: USPSTF urges abuse screening for reproductive-aged women – MedicalXpress (free) AND USPSTF Recommends Screening for Partner Violence in Reproductive-Aged Women – Clinical Advisor (free)

“The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for intimate partner violence (IPV) in women of reproductive age and provide or refer women who screen positive to ongoing support services.”


Clinical Practice Guideline: Iron Deficient Anemia – Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) (free PDF)

See also: Summary (free PDF)

Related: see all TOP Clinical Practice Guidelines, a practical resource for Family Physicians at the point of care.


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