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Wed, Apr 5 – 10 Medical Stories of The Day!

5 Apr, 2017 | 00:10h | UTC


1 – Thyroid Hormone Therapy for Older Adults with Subclinical Hypothyroidism – New England Journal of Medicine (free)

Source: Levothyroxine Shows No Benefit in Older Adults with Subclinical Hypothyroidism – Physician’s First Watch (free)


2 – Cardiometabolic Abnormalities Among Normal-Weight Persons From Five Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Two Cohort Studies – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ required for full-text)

Sources: Certain Racial/Ethnic Groups More Likely to Have Cardiometabolic Abnormalities at Normal Weight – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Cardiovascular Risk High Among Some Normal Weight Minorities – Medscape (free registration required)

Compared with whites, all racial/ethnic minority groups had higher prevalence of metabolic abnormalities, with a high prevalence even in persons with normal weight. The prevalence of metabolic abnormalities in whites with a BMI of 25 kg/m2 corresponded to the prevalence in BMI values of 22.9 kg/m2 in African Americans, 21.5 kg/m2 in Hispanics, 20.9 kg/m2 in Chinese Americans, and 19.6 kg/m2 in South Asians.


3 – The wound/burn guidelines – Japanese Dermatological Association (all guidelines are free)

Wounds in general / Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment for pressure ulcers / Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment for diabetic ulcer/gangrene / Guidelines for the management of skin ulcers associated with connective tissue disease/vasculitis / Guidelines for the management of lower leg ulcers/varicose veins / Guidelines for the management of burns


4 – Management of the Diseases of Mesenteric Arteries and Veins: Clinical Practice Guidelines of the European Society of Vascular Surgery (free)


5 – CUA guideline on the management of cystic renal lesions – Canadian Urological Association Journal (free)


6 – Choosing Wisely initiative was launched 5 years ago, and now has over 490 recommendations from 18 countries (all resources are free)

Lists from other countries: Choosing Wisely UK / Choosing Wisely Australia / Choosing Wisely Canada

The Choosing Wisely is a leading effort to encourage conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary tests and treatments to improve value in healthcare.


7 – Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – Deutsches Ärzteblatt international (free)


8 – Seven reasons we’re at more risk than ever of a global pandemic – CNN (free) (RT @AthaliaChristie)


9 – One in 10 Pregnant Women With Zika in U.S. Have Babies With Birth Defects – The New York Times (10 articles a month are free)

See also: 51 Babies Born With Zika-Related Birth Defects In The U.S. Last Year – NPR (free) AND Just released CDC report (free)


10 – Prognosis of undiagnosed chest pain: linked electronic health record cohort study – The BMJ (free)

See also: Patients with Undiagnosed Chest Pain Still at Cardiovascular Risk – Physician’s First Watch (free)

“Chest pain rarely harmless. Even if undiagnosed 6 months after first presentation linked to increased cardiac events.” (RT @pascalmeier74)


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