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Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain – Cochrane Library (free)

“There is a lack of high-quality evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain”


Honey for acute cough in children – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Summary: Honey for acute cough in children – Cochrane Library (free)

“Honey probably relieves cough symptoms to a greater extent than no treatment, diphenhydramine, and placebo, but may make little or no difference compared to dextromethorphan.”


Percutaneous vertebroplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Summary: Featured Review: Vertebroplasty for treating spinal fractures due to osteoporosis – Cochrane Library (free)

High quality evidence shows that vertebroplasty does not provide more clinically important benefits than placebo but may cause people harm”.


Safety of early discharge after primary angioplasty in low-risk patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials – European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“The findings of this meta-analysis suggested that the early discharge strategy after successful primary angioplasty is safe among selected low-risk STEMI patients. A shorter hospital stay could benefit both the patients and the healthcare systems”.


Macrolide antibiotics for bronchiectasis – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Summary: Macrolide antibiotics for bronchiectasis – Cochrane Library (free)

“Long-term macrolide therapy may reduce the frequency of exacerbations and improve quality of life, although supporting evidence is derived mainly from studies of azithromycin, rather than other macrolides, and predominantly among adults rather than children. However, macrolides should be used with caution, as limited data indicate an associated increase in microbial resistance”.


Meta-analysis: Long-Term Outcomes of On- Versus Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting – Journal of the American College of Cardiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Long-Term Outcomes of On- vs. Off-Pump CABG – American College of Cardiology, Latest in Cardiology (free)

“Off pump CABG. probably best used in a limited set of patients…” (via @keaglemd see Tweet)


Mortality after coronary artery bypass grafting versus percutaneous coronary intervention with stenting for coronary artery disease: a pooled analysis of individual patient data – The Lancet (free)

This meta-analysis of randomized trials showed CABG had a mortality benefit over PCI in patients with multivessel disease, particularly those with diabetes and higher coronary complexity. There was no mortality benefit in patients with left main disease.


Surgery for trigger finger – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)


New Cochrane Systematic Reviews – Vaccines for Preventing Influenza and Its Complications

In Healthy Children (free) / Summary (free)

In The Elderly (free) / Summary (free)

In Immunosuppressed Adults With Cancer (free) / Summary (free)

In Healthy Adults (free) / Summary (free)


Transcatheter versus surgical aortic valve replacement in patients at low surgical risk: A meta-analysis of randomized trials and propensity score matched observational studies – Catheterization Cardiovascular Interventions (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Meta-Analysis Raises ‘Red Flag’ on TAVR in Low-Risk Patients – TCTMD (free)

“Data from six studies show that while short-term mortality is similar between TAVR and SAVR, more low-risk TAVR patients die by 2 years” (from TCTMD)


Nursing interventions for smoking cessation – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Does support and intervention from nurses help people to stop smoking? – Cochrane Library (free)

“There’s moderate quality evidence that behavioural support to motivate & sustain smoking cessation delivered by nurses can lead to a modest increase in the number of people who achieve prolonged abstinence” (via @CochraneUK see Tweet)


Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Addition to Antiplatelet Therapy for Secondary Prevention After Acute Coronary Syndromes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – JAMA Cardiology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Could NOACs Have a Role for Secondary Prevention After STEMI? – TCTMD (free) AND Meta-Analysis: ACS Type Matters for DOAC Use in Secondary Prevention – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Adding DOACs Beneficial for STEMI — Not Non-STEMI — But with Bleeding Risk – Physician’s First Watch (free)

“63 STEMI patients would need to receive a DOAC to prevent one cardiovascular event, while 96 would need to be treated to cause one major bleeding event”. (from Physician’s First Watch)


Risk of pre-eclampsia in women taking metformin: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Diabetic Medicine (free)

Source: ACP Journal Wise ($)

“Metformin was associated with lower gestational weight gain and a lower risk of pre-eclampsia compared with insulin”


Peritoneal dialysis for acute kidney injury – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)


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