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Thu, June 8 – 10 Medical Stories of The Day!

8 Jun, 2017 | 00:08h | UTC


1 – Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline: longitudinal cohort study – The BMJ (free)

Editorial: Alcohol consumption and brain health (free)

Commentaries: Even moderate drinking linked to a decline in brain health, finds study – Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry (free) AND Moderate drinking may alter brain, study says – CNN (free) AND Even moderate drinking may speed brain decline – STAT News (free) AND Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds – Reuters (free)


2 – Serum uric acid levels and multiple health outcomes: umbrella review of evidence from observational studies, randomised controlled trials, and Mendelian randomisation studies – The BMJ (free)

Observational studies suggest that high serum uric acid levels are associated with multiple health outcomes, including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. This review findings suggest there is a clear association only for gout and nephrolithiasis.


3 – The opioid crisis changed how doctors think about pain – VOX (free)

“One of the expectations our patients have is that pain can be completely eliminated. We as a medical community are coming to an understanding that this is not realistic.” (RT @KariTikkinen and @voxdotcom and see Tweet)


4 – Reducing US cardiovascular disease burden and disparities through national and targeted dietary policies: A modelling study – PLOS Medicine (free)

Commentaries: Change in USA food policies could prevent 230,000 heart disease deaths by 2030 – Imperial College of London (free) AND U.S. nutrition policies may cut heart disease and save lives – Reuters Health News (free)

Related: Taxes and Subsidies for Improving Diet and Population Health in Australia: A Cost-Effectiveness Modelling Study – PLOS Medicine (free) AND The US had no soda taxes in 2013. Now nearly 9 million Americans live with them – VOX (free)

“Increased discounts on fruit and vegetables, and higher taxes on sugary drinks, could prevent heart disease deaths, says a new study” (from Imperial College of London commentary)


5 – Perspective: Cyberattack on Britain’s National Health Service: A Wake-up Call for Modern Medicine – New England Journal of Medicine (free)

Related: 11 Things the Health Care Sector Must Do to Improve Cybersecurity – Harvard Business Review (free) AND Eric D Perakslis: Cyber security modeled as infection prevention and control in the healthcare delivery setting – The BMJ Opinion (free) AND Healthcare Seen Highly Vulnerable to Cyberattack – MedPage Today (free registration required)


6 – Current and future perspectives on the management of polypharmacy – BMC Family Practice (free) (RT @Azeem_Majeed see Tweet)


7 – Handshake-free zone in a neonatal intensive care unit: Initial feasibility study – American Journal of Infectious Control (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Hospitals Could One Day Be Handshake-Free Zones To Prevent The Spread Of Disease – WBGH News (free) AND Handshake-Free Zone: Stopping the Spread of Germs in the Hospital – Medscape (free registration required) AND Handshake-Free Zones Target Spread Of Germs In The Hospital – NPR Health News (free)


8 – Association of Gestational Weight Gain With Maternal and Infant Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: RCOG statement on gestational weight gain or loss and adverse outcomes – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (free) AND Weight gain greater, less than recommended during pregnancy linked with increased risk of adverse outcomes – The JAMA Network Journals, via EurekAlert (free) AND Pregnancy Weight Gain Status Tied to Adverse Outcomes – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Gaining Too Much, Too Little Weight in Pregnancy Tied to Adverse Outcomes for Mother, Baby – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Global study finds 75% of pregnant women don’t have healthy weight gain – The Guardian (free)


9 – Pelvic floor exercises may reduce need for further treatments for pelvic organ prolapse – NIHR Signal (free)

Original article: Pelvic floor muscle training for secondary prevention of pelvic organ prolapse (PREVPROL): a multicentre randomised controlled trial – The Lancet (link to abstract – $ for full-text)


10 – Eggs in Early Complementary Feeding and Child Growth: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Pediatrics (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Eggs Significantly Increase Growth in Young Children – Washington University in St. Louis, via NewsWise (free) AND An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller – BBC Health News (free)

“Surpassing previous research, study finds eggs are more viable nutrition, better intervention for children in developing countries” (from NewsWise)


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