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What can masks do? Part 2: What makes for a good mask study — and why most fail.

17 Oct, 2021 | 21:25h | UTC

COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 2: What makes for a good mask study — and why most fail – CIDRAP

See also: COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 1: The science behind COVID-19 protection – CIDRAP

 


What can masks do? The science behind COVID-19 protection.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:51h | UTC

COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 1: The science behind COVID-19 protection – CIDRAP

 


‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:46h | UTC

‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists – Nature

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


FDA issues food industry guidance for reduction of sodium in processed and packaged foods.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:29h | UTC

News Release: To Improve Nutrition and Reduce the Burden of Disease, FDA Issues Food Industry Guidance for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium in Processed and Packaged Foods – U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Guidance for Industry: Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals – U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Commentaries:

FDA Issues New Guidance on Sodium Targets for Food Industry – TCTMD

Reducing Sodium Intake in the US: Healthier Lives, Healthier Future – JAMA

FDA Reduces Recommended Salt Levels in Americans’ Food – HealthDay

FDA guidance to food industry aims to reduce sodium consumption – American Heart Association

New FDA guidance aims to drastically cut salt in food supply – NBC News

 


Systematic Review: “Formula milk trials have a high risk of bias, almost always report favorable conclusions, lack transparency, and selectively report findings”.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:25h | UTC

News release: Formula milk trials are not reliable, warn researchers – Imperial College London

Original study: Conduct and reporting of formula milk trials: systematic review – The BMJ

 


Ray Moynihan: Ten things I wish I’d been told as a junior academic.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:13h | UTC

Ray Moynihan: Ten things I wish I’d been told as a junior academic – The BMJ Opinion

 


How to be a good science communicator.

14 Oct, 2021 | 10:13h | UTC

How to be a good science communicator – Nature Medicine

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Survey finds patients undergoing medical imaging procedures have overall limited knowledge about medical radiation.

14 Oct, 2021 | 09:46h | UTC

Patient Perceptions and Knowledge of Ionizing Radiation From Medical Imaging – JAMA Network Open

Invited commentary: It Is Time to Inform Patients of Medical Imaging Risks – JAMA Network Open

 


Systematic Review: Music interventions may have beneficial effects on anxiety, depression, hope, pain, and fatigue in adults with cancer.

14 Oct, 2021 | 09:43h | UTC

Music interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in people with cancer – Cochrane Library

 


Opinion | COVID lesson: trust the public with hard truths.

13 Oct, 2021 | 01:47h | UTC

COVID lesson: trust the public with hard truths – Nature

 

Commentary from the author on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


RCT: Laser treatment not better than sham treatment on symptom severity in women with postmenopausal vaginal symptoms.

13 Oct, 2021 | 01:30h | UTC

Effect of Fractional Carbon Dioxide Laser vs Sham Treatment on Symptom Severity in Women With Postmenopausal Vaginal Symptoms: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA (free for a limited period)

News release: This laser is supposed to rejuvenate vaginal tissue. But scientists say it’s no better than a placebo – University of New South Wales

Editorial: Time for a “Pause” on the Use of Vaginal Laser (free for a limited period)

Author Interview: Effect of Carbon Dioxide Laser vs Sham Therapy on Women With Postmenopausal Vaginal Symptoms

Commentary: Vagina lasering for postmenopausal women ‘may be placebo’ – The Guardian

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


M-A: Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation is associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

13 Oct, 2021 | 01:27h | UTC

Effect of Long-Term Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supplementation on the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation in Randomized Controlled Trials of Cardiovascular Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – Circulation (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Related:

M-A: Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation increases the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients with lipid disorders.

More data suggests no cardiovascular benefit from Omega-3 supplementation – secondary analysis of STRENGHT trial did not show an association between achieved Omega-3 fatty acid levels and major adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with high cardiovascular risk.

RCT: Omega-3 supplements do not reduce cardiovascular events in elderly patients after myocardial infarction

#AHA20 – Randomized trial: High-dose Omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the risk of cardiac events in patients at high cardiovascular risk

Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials: Little Benefit from Omega-3 Intake to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Review: Optimal diet for cardiovascular and planetary health.

13 Oct, 2021 | 01:22h | UTC

Optimal diet for cardiovascular and planetary health – Heart

 


WHO’s Special Report on Climate Change and Health.

12 Oct, 2021 | 00:12h | UTC

News release: WHO’s 10 calls for climate action to assure sustained recovery from COVID-19 – World Health Organization

Report: COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health – World Health Organization

Commentary: ‘Burning of Fossil Fuels is Killing Us’ – Declares New WHO Climate and Health Report – Health Policy Watch

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


The BMJ Series on Climate Emergency and Health Professionals – Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health.

12 Oct, 2021 | 00:10h | UTC

Homepage

Accelerating climate action: the role of health professionals

Changing behaviour for net zero 2050

From drug discovery to coronaviruses: why restoring natural habitats is good for human health

Covid-19, climate change, and the environment: a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient global recovery

Health risks of extreme heat

How to achieve a net zero carbon NHS during a pandemic

A world on the edge of climate disaster

David Oliver: Outpatient clinics’ role in sustainability

Helen Salisbury: The time is now

Rammya Mathew: Climate action will require radical reform of how we practise medicine

Overdiagnosis is increasing the carbon footprint of healthcare

The climate crisis and the rise of eco-anxiety

How can I be an environmentally conscious healthcare practitioner?

Talking to patients about the climate emergency

COP26: a missed opportunity for climate leadership

Making outpatient care sustainable for the future

A planetary health curriculum for medicine

Why I . . . am a green GP

 


New Global Burden of Disease analyses show depression and anxiety among the top causes of health burden worldwide, and a significant increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:57h | UTC

News release: New Global Burden of Disease analyses show depression and anxiety among the top causes of health burden worldwide, and a significant increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Original study: Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet

Commentaries:

Depression and anxiety disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic: knowns and unknowns – The Lancet

COVID-19 pandemic led to stark rise in depressive and anxiety disorders globally in 2020: study – The Lancet

Covid crisis dramatically worsened global mental health, study finds – The Guardian

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Kids are losing school days to quarantines. Here’s a way to keep them in classrooms – “Test-to-stay could dramatically reduce close contact quarantines”.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:52h | UTC

Kids are losing school days to quarantines. Here’s a way to keep them in classrooms – NPR

Related study: Cluster RCT: Daily contact testing of school-based contacts was non-inferior to self-isolation for control of COVID-19 transmission.

 


Bioethics | The Trolley Problem and Vaccinating Young People Against COVID-19.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:50h | UTC

The Trolley Problem and Vaccinating Young People Against COVID-19 – Science-Based Medicine

 


Heart-inflammation risk from Pfizer COVID vaccine is very low.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:42h | UTC

Heart-inflammation risk from Pfizer COVID vaccine is very low – Nature

Original studies:

Large cohort study with over 2.5 million individuals showed the incidence of myocarditis after the Pfizer vaccine was 2.13 cases per 100,000 persons.

Study with over 5.1 million vaccinated individuals showed the incidence of myocarditis after the receipt of the Pfizer vaccine was low and more common after the second dose in young male recipients.

 


How the risk of Covid-19 for kids compares to other dangers.

8 Oct, 2021 | 10:26h | UTC

How the risk of Covid-19 for kids compares to other dangers – Vox

 


Ivermectin: How false science created a Covid ‘miracle’ drug.

8 Oct, 2021 | 10:24h | UTC

Ivermectin: How false science created a Covid ‘miracle’ drug – BBC

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Bioethics | People who want organ transplants must get the COVID-19 vaccine, a hospital says.

8 Oct, 2021 | 10:21h | UTC

People who want organ transplants must get the COVID-19 vaccine, a hospital say – NPR

 


Opinion | Covid-19 keeps delivering lessons about health care worker burnout. Will we learn them?

8 Oct, 2021 | 10:18h | UTC

Covid-19 keeps delivering lessons about health care worker burnout. Will we learn them? – STAT

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Observational study in Qatar showed the effectiveness of Pfizer vaccine against any SARS-CoV-2 infection dropped to 20% in months 5 through 7 after the second dose, but effectiveness against severe Covid-19 remained high.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:55h | UTC

Waning of BNT162b2 Vaccine Protection against SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Qatar – New England Journal of Medicine

Related: Cohort study: Pfizer vaccine effectiveness against any infections declined from 88% during the first month after full vaccination to 47% after 5 months. Vaccine effectiveness against hospital admissions remained high; 87% within 1 month, and 88% at 5 months after full vaccination, with no significant waning.

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Perspective | No one is safe until we are all safe.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:47h | UTC

No one is safe until we are all safe – Science Translational Medicine

Commentary: Covid ‘still running rampant’ worldwide, warns creator of Oxford vaccine – The Guardian

Related: Opinion: Vaccine Nationalism Harms Everyone and Protects No One

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


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