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Wed, Apr 19 – Top 10 Medical News Stories!

19 Apr, 2017 | 00:01h | UTC


1 – Integrating neglected tropical diseases in global health and development: Fourth WHO report on neglected tropical diseases (free)

Press release: Unprecedented progress against neglected tropical diseases, WHO reports (free)

See also: Executive summary (free) AND Neglected No More – Gates Notes (free) AND The world’s assault on tropical diseases is working – STAT News (free)


2 – A guide to neglected tropical diseases prioritised by the World Health Organisation – Financial Times (free) (RT @NTDCOUNTDOWN See Tweet)

See also: Fact sheets relating to NTD – World Health Organization (free)

“The World Health Organisation has selected 18 as good candidates to be controlled”


3 – Rapid Rule-out of Acute Myocardial Infarction with a Single High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T Measurement Below the Limit of Detection: A Collaborative Meta-analysis – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

See also: High-Sensitivity Troponin T Test Rules Out AMI in ED – Medscape (free registration required) AND Meta-Analysis: Single Cardiac Troponin Test Plus ECG Can Quickly Rule Out MI – Physician’s First Watch (free)

“This analysis indicates that a nonischemic ECG and a single negative High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T only misses about 1 in 100 myocardial infarctions – and can provide rapid, useful information in an assessment.” (from Physician’s First Watch commentary above).


4 – Comparison of Recommended Eligibility for Primary Prevention Statin Therapy Based on the US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations vs the ACC/AHA Guidelines – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

See also: ACC/AHA vs. USPSTF statin guidelines – Cardiology News (free)

Although recommended by most guidelines for individuals at high risk, there is still some controversy over prescribing statins for primary prevention and over what patients benefit the most – see related commentary: Cholesterol-lowering statin therapy for healthy people is not as simple as ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – The Pharmaceutical Journal (free)

Adherence to the 2016 USPSTF recommendations for statin therapy, compared with the 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines, could lead to a lower number of individuals (an estimated difference of 9.3 million individuals in the U.S. population) recommended for primary prevention statin therapy.


5 – Associations of Maternal Antidepressant Use During the First Trimester of Pregnancy With Preterm Birth, Small for Gestational Age, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Offspring – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Contradicting a previous study showing increased risk of autism with antidepressant use during pregnancy (free), this large retrospect cohort study of 1 580 629 Swedish offspring did not show an association of antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism or other neurodevelopment problems.


6 – Dexamethasone versus standard treatment for postoperative nausea and vomiting in gastrointestinal surgery: randomised controlled trial (DREAMS Trial) – The BMJ (free)

A single dose of 8 mg intravenous dexamethasone at induction of anesthesia reduced postoperative nausea and vomiting with no increase in adverse events.


7 – Maternal asthma: Management strategies – Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine (free)


8 – Why it’s a bad idea to space out your child’s vaccination shots – The Washington Post (a few articles per month are free)

“Splitting immunizations into several visits only increases children’s stress” (RT @IDSAInfo see Tweet)


9 – The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development – The World Bank (free) (RT @glassmanamanda and @St_Klingebiel see Tweet)

With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


10 – Preventing Sports Injury and Illness: Key Resources for Family Physicians – American Family Physician (free)

Selection of resources for primary care providers to improve their ability to prevent and treat injuries from sports and physical activity.


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