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Daily Archives: October 2, 2017

Mon, October 2 – 10 Stories of The Day!

2 Oct, 2017 | 00:18h | UTC


1 – International Day of Older Persons – 1st October 2017: Health services must stop leaving older people behind – World Health Organization (free)

Related Guideline: WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) – World Health Organization (free)

See also: WHO’s work on ageing


2 – Guideline: Preventive chemotherapy to control soil-transmitted helminth infections in at-risk population groups – World Health Organization (free)

News release: WHO recommends large-scale deworming to improve children’s health and nutrition (free)

Infographic: WHO publishes recommendations for large-scale deworming to improve children’s health and nutrition (free)

See also: WHO intestinal worms website (free resources) AND Fact sheet: Soil-transmitted helminth infections (free)


3 – Evaluation of telephone first approach to demand management in English general practice: observational study – The BMJ (free)

Editorial: Telephone first consultations in primary care (free)

Commentaries: Phone-first GP consults ‘no panacea for reducing workload’ – OnMedica (free) AND No evidence to support claims that telephone consultations reduce GP workload or hospital referrals – University of Cambridge (free)

Related study: Direct-To-Consumer Telehealth May Increase Access To Care But Does Not Decrease Spending – Health Affairs (link to abstract – $ for full-text) AND Commentaries: Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren’t Cheaper Overall – NPR (free) AND Are Virtual Doctor Visits Really Cost-Effective? Not So Much, Study Says – Health News Florida (free)


4 – Medical News & Perspectives: Study Questions Use of Acid Suppressors To Curb Mild Infant Reflux – JAMA (free) (RT @DeeMangin see Tweet)

See study abstract presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting: Infants prescribed antacids for reflux have increased risk of bone fractures (free)


5 – Perspectives: Lost in Thought: The Limits of the Human Mind and the Future of Medicine – New England Journal of Medicine (free)


6 – A single mutation in the prM protein of Zika virus contributes to fetal microcephaly – Science (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: A Single Mutation Helps Modern Zika Cause Birth Defects – Scientific American (free) AND The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study Suggests – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free) AND Zika was a mild bug. A new discovery shows how it turned monstrous – The Washington Post (free) AND How Zika Became So Dangerous For Babies – NPR (free)


7 – Association of Vision Loss With Cognition in Older Adults – JAMA Ophthalmology (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Vision and Hearing Loss Are Tied to Cognitive Decline – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free) AND Visual impairment among older adults associated with poor cognitive function – Medical News Today (free)


8 – Relationship of Sleep Duration With All‐Cause Mortality and Cardiovascular Events: A Systematic Review and Dose‐Response Meta‐Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies – Journal of The American Heart Association (free)

Our findings indicate that both short and long sleep duration is associated with an increased risk of allcause mortality and cardiovascular events”.


9 – 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”.


10 – Self-monitoring of blood pressure in hypertension: A systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis – PLOS Medicine (free)

Commentary: Home blood pressure monitoring works best with extra support – Reuters (free)


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