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Fri, Apr 21 – Top 10 Medical News Stories!

21 Apr, 2017 | 00:27h | UTC


1 – Frequency of Evidence-Based Screening for Retinopathy in Type 1 Diabetes – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

See also: Researchers Propose Extending Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Interval – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Research from long-term study advocates individualized eye screenings in type 1 diabetes – (free)

In patients who have had type 1 diabetes for 5 years, annual retinal examinations are currently recommended. Based on their findings, the authors suggest an individualized screening schedule, with less frequent screening for patients at low risk and more frequent screening for patients at higher risk, leading to decreased cost without delaying the diagnosis of clinically significant disease.


2 – Report: Building the foundations for sustainable development: a case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents – The Lancet (free)

See also: Securing investments to realise the social and economic rights of adolescents (free) Our Future – Invest in Adolescent Health Now (free) AND Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing (all articles are free)

“Investing in adolescent health & education could bring 10-fold economic benefit” (RT @TheLancet see Tweet)


3 – Beyond Medication Reconciliation: The Correct Medication List – JAMA (free) (RT @AnilMakam see Tweet)

Achieving a “correct medication list” involves multiple levels of medication reconciliation. This viewpoint describes the main steps for achieving this goal.


4 – Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: prospective cohort study – The BMJ (free)

Editorial: Active commuting is beneficial for health (free)

See also: Cycling to work can cut cancer and heart disease, says study – BBC News (free) AND Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering – The Conversation (free)


5 – Electronic Health Record Logs Indicate That Physicians Split Time Evenly Between Seeing Patients And Desktop Medicine – Health Affairs (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Source: By the Numbers: Docs’ Logged-On Time Increases – MedPage Today (free registration required)

Related: Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians (free)

“Electronic health records systems now account for about half of the average doctor’s day”


6 – Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse – The New York Times Magazine (RT @CIDRAP  and @marynmck see Tweet) (10 articles per month are free)

Related: Disease Burden Growing as Vector Insects Adapt to Climate Change – IPS (free) (source Global Health NOW Newsletter) AND UN Doc: Climate Change is New Challenge in Fighting Disease Outbreaks – MedPage Today (free registration required)

“Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika”.


7 – The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change – The Lancet (free)

Editorial: Climate and health: joining up the pieces, scaling up the action (free)


8 – Diabetes incidence and glucose intolerance prevalence increase with higher outdoor temperature – BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care (free)

Sources: Climate Change Linked to Rising Diabetes Prevalence: Study – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Is there a link between climate change and diabetes? – CNN (free)

“Association between climate change and diabetes?” (RT @kamleshkhunti see Tweet)


9 – Medical Alert! Climate Change Is Harming Our Health – Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health (link to summary – free PDF available)

Sources: Medical Societies Come Together on Harms of Climate Change – Medscape (free registration required) AND Climate Change Already Affecting Human Health – Physician’s First Watch (free)


10 – Too many studies have hidden conflicts of interest. A new tool makes it easier to see them – VOX (free)

“Great news: PubMed is finally publishing info about funding sources/conflicts of interest on its abstracts” (RT @paimadhu and @juliaoftoronto see Tweet)


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