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WHO Report: Tuberculosis deaths rise for the first time in more than a decade due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:30h | UTC

Tuberculosis deaths rise for the first time in more than a decade due to the COVID-19 pandemic – World Health Organization

Report: Global tuberculosis report 2021

Commentary: Tuberculosis deaths rise for 1st time in years, due to COVID – Associated Press

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


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

 


Former CDC director: Low sodium salt could save millions of lives.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:27h | UTC

Former CDC director: Low sodium salt could save millions of lives – CNN

Related:

Is salt good for you after all? The evidence says no.

#ESCCongress – Cluster RCT: Among patients at increased risk for stroke, salt substitution (75% sodium chloride and 25% potassium chloride by mass) reduced the rates of stroke, major cardiovascular events, and death from any cause.

Systematic Review: Altered dietary salt intake for people with chronic kidney disease.

New WHO benchmarks help countries reduce salt intake and save lives.

RCT: Reduced-sodium added-potassium salt substitute reduces blood pressure in hypertensive patients

Potassium Enriched Salt Substitution Could Prevent a Large Number of Cardiovascular Deaths

Meta-Analysis: Effect of Reduction in Dietary Sodium on Blood Pressure Levels

Cluster Randomized Trial: Effect of Salt Substitution on Community-wide Blood Pressure and Hypertension Incidence

 


WHO provides guidance to address the shortage of quality palliative care services.

14 Oct, 2021 | 09:59h | UTC

News release: WHO takes steps to address glaring shortage of quality palliative care services – World Health Organization

See Guidance:

Assessing the development of palliative care worldwide: a set of actionable indicators – World Health Organization

Quality health services and palliative care: practical approaches and resources to support policy, strategy and practice – World Health Organization

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Review: Optimal diet for cardiovascular and planetary health.

13 Oct, 2021 | 01:22h | UTC

Optimal diet for cardiovascular and planetary health – Heart

 


Anemia prevalence in women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2018.

13 Oct, 2021 | 01:21h | UTC

Anemia prevalence in women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2018 – Nature Medicine

Invited commentary: Anemia in women — an intractable problem that requires innovative solutions – Nature Medicine

 


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

 


AHA Scientific Statement: Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control.

12 Oct, 2021 | 00:09h | UTC

Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association – Hypertension

News release: Health system crucial to improve medication adherence for people managing hypertension – American Heart Association

Top Things to Know: Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control – American Heart Association

Commentary: Medication Adherence – Is It Really the Patient’s Fault? – American Heart Association

 


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)

 


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

 


WHO report highlights global shortfall in investment in mental health.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:39h | UTC

WHO report highlights global shortfall in investment in mental health – World Health Organization

Report: Mental Health ATLAS 2020 – World Health Organization

See also: World Mental Health Day 2021: Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality – World Health Organization

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


World Mental Health Day: prioritize social justice, not only access to care.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:37h | UTC

World Mental Health Day: prioritise social justice, not only access to care – The Lancet (free registration required)

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Editorial: Brain health and its social determinants.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:35h | UTC

Brain health and its social determinants – The Lancet

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


M-A: Accuracy of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 for screening to detect major depression.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:34h | UTC

Accuracy of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 for screening to detect major depression: updated systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis – The BMJ

See calculator: PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire-9)

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


U.S. Data: Drug-resistant Infections led to $1.9 billion in health care costs, more than 10,000 deaths among older adults in one year.

8 Oct, 2021 | 10:11h | UTC

News release: Drug-resistant Infections Led to $1.9 Billion in Health Care Costs, More Than 10,000 Deaths Among Older Adults in One Year – Infectious Diseases Society of America

Original study: Mortality, Length of Stay, and Healthcare Costs Associated With Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Infections Among Elderly Hospitalized Patients in the United States – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Commentaries:

Urgent, Comprehensive Federal Action Needed To Stem Mortality and Medicare Costs Associated With Antimicrobial Resistance – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Study highlights impact of antibiotic resistance on older Americans – CIDRAP

 


WHO approves first ever malaria vaccine for children at risk.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:40h | UTC

WHO recommends groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children at risk – World Health Organization

Commentaries:

WHO Approves First Ever Malaria Vaccine – Health Policy Watch

A historic day for malaria – reaction to WHO decision on the RTS,S vaccine – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

In major decision, WHO recommends broad rollout of world’s first malaria vaccine – STAT

Why the WHO approval of the first malaria vaccine is a big deal – Vox

WHO greenlights the world’s first malaria vaccine — but it’s not a perfect shot – NPR

The World Health Organization Just Endorsed The World’s First Malaria Vaccine – TIME

WHO Backs Widespread Use Of First Malaria Vaccine – Forbes

World’s 1st malaria vaccine recommended by WHO – LiveScience

 

Commentaries on Twitter

(thread – click for more)

 


The Lancet Commission: transforming access to diagnostics.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:33h | UTC

News release: The Lancet: Half of the global population lack access to basic diagnostics for many common diseases

Video: Transforming access to diagnostics | The Lancet Commission on diagnostics

Homepage: The Lancet Commission on diagnostics: transforming access to diagnostics

The Lancet Commission on diagnostics: transforming access to diagnostics (free registration required)

Transforming access to diagnostics: how to turn good intentions into action? (free registration required)

Can COVID-19 help accelerate and transform the diagnostics agenda?

Availability of essential diagnostics in ten low-income and middle-income countries: results from national health facility surveys

Commentary: A Grim Diagnosis – Half The World’s Population Has Limited Access To Diagnostics – Forbes

Related:

WHO Updates Global Guidance on Medicines and Diagnostic Tests

The WHO Essential Diagnostic List: A Tool for the Future

Perspective: Health Care is an Essential Human Right – And So Is a Proper Diagnosis

Report: First-ever WHO List of Essential Diagnostic Tests

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Choosing Wisely: Seven things physicians and residents/patients should question in long term care.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:31h | UTC

Seven Things Physicians and Residents/Patients Should Question – Canadian Society for Long Term Care Medicine

See complete lists of low-value practices: Choosing Wisely U.S. / Choosing Wisely UK / Choosing Wisely Australia AND Choosing Wisely Canada

 


Supplement: Triumphs of Vaccination.

6 Oct, 2021 | 08:55h | UTC

Homepage: Triumphs of Vaccination – The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Triumphs of Immunization

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Hib Vaccines: Their Impact on Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease

The Rotavirus Vaccine Story: From Discovery to the Eventual Control of Rotavirus Disease

Hepatitis B Vaccines

Triumph of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines: Overcoming a Common Foe

Rubella Eradication: Not Yet Accomplished, but Entirely Feasible

Human Papillomavirus Vaccines

Smallpox

Live Attenuated Varicella Vaccine: Prevention of Varicella and of Zoster

Immunization Against Poliomyelitis and the Challenges to Worldwide Poliomyelitis Eradication

Influenza Vaccines: Successes and Continuing Challenges

Measles in the 21st Century: Progress Toward Achieving and Sustaining Elimination

Herpes Zoster Vaccines

Overview of the United States’ Immunization Program

The World of Immunization: Achievements, Challenges, and Strategic Vision for the Next Decade

 


Is salt good for you after all? The evidence says no.

6 Oct, 2021 | 08:52h | UTC

Is salt good for you after all? The evidence says no – The Conversation

Related:

#ESCCongress – Cluster RCT: Among patients at increased risk for stroke, salt substitution (75% sodium chloride and 25% potassium chloride by mass) reduced the rates of stroke, major cardiovascular events, and death from any cause.

Systematic Review: Altered dietary salt intake for people with chronic kidney disease.

New WHO benchmarks help countries reduce salt intake and save lives.

RCT: Reduced-sodium added-potassium salt substitute reduces blood pressure in hypertensive patients

Potassium Enriched Salt Substitution Could Prevent a Large Number of Cardiovascular Deaths

Meta-Analysis: Effect of Reduction in Dietary Sodium on Blood Pressure Levels

Cluster Randomized Trial: Effect of Salt Substitution on Community-wide Blood Pressure and Hypertension Incidence

 


AAN Position Statement: Ethical perspectives on costly drugs and health care.

5 Oct, 2021 | 08:57h | UTC

Ethical Perspectives on Costly Drugs and Health Care: AAN Position Statement – Neurology

News release: AAN Issues Ethics Position Statement on Costly Drugs and Health Care – American Academy of Neurology

 


WHO prioritizes access to diabetes and cancer treatments in new Essential Medicines Lists.

3 Oct, 2021 | 22:46h | UTC

News Release: WHO prioritizes access to diabetes and cancer treatments in new Essential Medicines Lists – World Health Organization

Report: WHO model list of essential medicines – 22nd list, 2021 – World Health Organization

Commentary: For the first time, WHO committee recommends action on high-priced essential medicines – STAT

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Physician Well-being 2.0: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

3 Oct, 2021 | 22:36h | UTC

Physician Well-being 2.0: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Related:

Consensus Study – Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being – National Academies of Medicine

[Abstract Only] Assessment of Risk Factors for Suicide Among US Health Care Professionals

Beyond Burnout: Docs Decry ‘Moral Injury’ From Financial Pressures of Health Care

Perspective: Hospital Administration Response to Physician Stress and Burnout

Opinion: It’s Time to Talk About Physician Burnout and Moral Injury

Systematic Review: Effect of Organization-Directed Workplace Interventions on Physician Burnout

Perspective: The 3 Causes Of Physician Burnout (And Why There’s No Simple Solution)

Physician Burnout: A Global Crisis (several resources on the subject)

 


World Heart Day 2021: COVID-19, digital health, and tackling cardiovascular disease.

30 Sep, 2021 | 10:20h | UTC

World Heart Day 2021: COVID-19, digital health, and tackling cardiovascular disease – The Lancet

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


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