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Daily Archives: February 15, 2017

Wed, Feb 15 – Top 10 Medical News Stories

15 Feb, 2017 | 00:01h | UTC


1 – Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment as first option. The use of opioids should be avoided if possible.


2 – Systemic Pharmacologic Therapies for Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review for an American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline


3 – Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review for an American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline


4 – ACP Guideline: Start with Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Low Back Pain – Physician’s First Watch


5 – Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say – The New York Times


6 – Multivitamins a waste of money and just create ‘very expensive urine’ – The Guardian (RT @RasoiniR)


7 – Socioeconomic status and the 25 × 25 risk factors as determinants of premature mortality: a multicohort study and meta-analysis of 1·7 million men and women – The Lancet

In a meta-analysis from 48 cohort studies performed in high-income countries with data from more than 1.7 million individuals, low social rank accounted for 18·9% (men) and 15·3% (women) of all adult deaths, comparable to that of other major risk factors. The authors suggest that socioeconomic adversity should be included as a modifiable risk factor in local and global health strategies


8 – Social rank: a risk factor whose time has come? – The Lancet


9 – Pulmonary hypertension associated with left-sided heart disease – Swiss Medical Weekly

Source: 270th Critical Care Reviews Newsletter


10 – Do vegetarians live longer? This is what the latest research says – World Economic Forum

See also: Vegetarian diet and all-cause mortality: Evidence from a large population-based Australian cohort – the 45 and Up Study (link to abstract – $ required for full-text)

This study suggests there is no difference in all-cause mortality between vegetarians and non-vegetarians and that differences observed in other studies may occur because vegetarians have healthier lifestyle behaviors than non-vegetarians


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