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Daily Archives: October 22, 2018

Mon, October 22 – 10 Stories of The Day!

22 Oct, 2018 | 00:46h | UTC


1 – Effect of Theophylline as Adjunct to Inhaled Corticosteroids on Exacerbations in Patients With COPD: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (free for a limited period)

Commentaries: TWICS results suggest no role for low-dose theophylline as add-on therapy in COPD – Medwire News (free) AND Low-Dose Theophylline Not Effective at Reducing COPD Exacerbations, Study Finds – AJMC (free)


2 – Enteral nutrition provided within 48 hours after admission in severe acute pancreatitis: A systematic review and meta-analysis – Medicine (free)


3 – Association between patient outcomes and accreditation in US hospitals: observational study – The BMJ (free)

Commentaries: Joint Commission accreditation doesn’t lead to better outcomes, study shows – Modern Healthcare (free) AND Doubt cast on value of hospital accreditation in Harvard study – Healthcare Dive (free)


4 – The clinical and cost-effectiveness of corticosteroid injection versus night splints for carpal tunnel syndrome (INSTINCTS trial): an open-label, parallel group, randomised controlled trial – The Lancet (free)

Invited Commentary: Steroid injection or wrist splint for first-time carpal tunnel syndrome? (free)

“A single corticosteroid injection shows superior clinical effectiveness at 6 weeks compared with night-resting splints.”


5 – Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead – Royal College of Physicians (free)

News Release: New report asks why doctors find it so hard to talk to patients about dying (free)

Commentaries: Doctors must talk ‘honestly’ to patients about dying – OnMedica (free) AND Doctors ‘need to start early conversation with patients about dying’ – BBC (free)


6 – How early media exposure may affect cognitive function: A review of results from observations in humans and experiments in mice – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (free)

Related Article: Screen media use and ADHD-related behaviors: Four decades of research – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (free)


7 – Review: Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Review and Update – Frontiers in Medicine (free)


8 – 2019 Canadian guideline for physical activity throughout pregnancy – British Journal of Sports Medicine (free)


9 – Prokinetics for functional dyspepsia – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Medications which promote stomach movement to relieve upper abdominal discomfort that does not have a specific cause – Cochrane Library (free)

“We are unable to say whether prokinetics are effective for the treatment of functional dyspepsia.”


10 – Association of Cardiorespiratory Fitness With Long-term Mortality Among Adults Undergoing Exercise Treadmill Testing – JAMA Network Open (free)

Commentaries: Expansive New Study Says Not Exercising Is Worse for Your Health Than Smoking – TIME (free) AND Researchers show better cardiorespiratory fitness leads to longer life – MedicalXpress (free)


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