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HPV vaccine fear-mongering dealt a blow – no increase in risky behaviours after vaccination  link

Rivaroxaban approved for reducing cardiovascular risks in coronary artery or peripheral vascular disease  link

Medicinal cannabinoids offer limited benefit in Multiple Sclerosis. But cannabis thrives on hype rather than evidence!   link

Cannabis becomes legal in Canada link

Acute flaccid paralysis, or myelitis, affecting many US children in polio-like illness  link

Aspirin use in healthy elderly persons did not prolong disability-free survival over a period of 5 years but led to a higher rate of major hemorrhage than placebo  link

Cannabis and tobacco products frequent in hip-hop music videos, and may be negatively influencing youths  link

Major cardiac stem cell paper retraction from Harvard and Brigham and Women’s  due to falsified and/or fabricated papers from Dr. Anversa  link

Potential link between cannabis and stroke presented  link

Most older people open to reducing number of medications and de-prescribing  link

Tamoxifen in early breast cancer increases risk of thromboembolism  link

High urate levels that often precede gout are more genetic based than dietary  link


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Pelvic floor muscle training helps urinary incontinence in women  link

Vitamin D does not prevent fractures or falls in community dwelling adults   link

Canadian Medical Association quits World Medical Association over plagiarism by new president  link

Physical therapy as effective as the still commonly performed surgery for knee non-obstructive  menisceal tears  link

Antibiotics a reasonable option for uncomplicated appendicitis – 5 year figures  link

While Vitamin D keeps falling short in evidence, Zoledronate is shown to reduce fractures in older women  link

Delayed pushing in the second stage of labor has no impact on delivery  link

American Academy of Family Physicians breaks from AMA with “engaged neutrality” policy, and no longer opposes physician-assisted suicide, also preferring the term medical aid in dying  link

Inadequate sleep in adolescents linked to numerous risky behaviours for mental health, accidents, self harm and substance misuse link

Global Cesarean rate alarmingly high (or too low in some countries)  link

If you’re one of the 1-in-2 adults taking dietary ‘supplements’, some 800 supplements contain unapproved ingredients, often powerful and potentially dangerous prescription medicines  link




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For female nursing home residents who underwent breast cancer surgery, 30-day mortality and survival as well as 1-year mortality and functional decline were high; consider co-morbidity, quality of life before surgery link

Aspirin use in healthy elderly persons did not prolong disability-free survival over a period of 5 years but led to a higher rate of major hemorrhage link

Can household disinfectants increase childhood weight ?  link

Dentists in B.C. Canada using too many antibiotics  link

First face transplant in Canada link

Infant walkers were banned in Canada but still cause many injuries in the US  link

Canada bans trans fats. link

American Academy of Pediatrics issues  gender-affirmative model of developmentally appropriate care oriented toward understanding and appreciating the gender experience of all youth  link

Omega-3 fats may help anxiety modestly  link

Yogurt, perceived as healthy, often hides too much sugar  link

Cancer transmitted to 4 recipients from single multi-organ donor in rare case  link


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A significant number of adults are too physically inactive  link

Keep kids in rear facing car seats until they reach the max height/eight limits  link

The earlier the onset of type 1 diabetes, the greater the cardiovascular and mortality risk  link

Questions being asked about conflicts of interest in top cancer researcher, he has since resigned  link

Prepare for flu season and get vaccinated early if you’re over 6 months  link

Some EpiPens have their expiry dates extended  link

Long term consequences of undescended testes include infertility and cancer  link

FDA seeks to address what is becoming an epidemic of e-cigarette use in teenagers

Full fat dairy link to lower disease and death rate, but study involved wide age range, questionnaire design and at odds with current dietary guidelines leading to ongoing uncertainty  link

While folic acid before and during  pregnancy reduces neural tube defects, it does not prevent pre-eclampsia link


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Autism spectrum disorder is associated with depression in young adulthood  link

FDA investigating Juul and other e-cigarettes marketing to teenagers  link

Contaminated Valsartan with potential carcinogen NDMA investigation continues  link

SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes may be rarely associated with necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, Fournier’s gangrene  link

The FDA doesn’t seem to agree that coffee needs a cancer warning (as judged in California)  link

CDC issues comprehensive mild traumatic brain injury (‘concussion’)  guidelines in children  link

Probiotics labelled as useless by scientists  link

Whole grains reduce risk of type 2 diabetes  link

Milk increasing mucus/phlegm is an unscientific myth  link


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Even more need to be on cholesterol medications? LDL-C and non–HDL-C ≥160 mg/dL (4.15mmol/l) were independently associated with a 50% to 80% increased relative risk of CVD mortality  link

A higher cardiovascular health score was associated with a lower risk of dementia and lower rates of cognitive decline  link

Omega oil fails again: in diabetics without cardiovascular disease, there was no significant difference in the risk of serious vascular events between those who were assigned to receive n−3 fatty acid supplementation  and placebo link

But in diabetics aspirin reduces cardiovascular events but at the price of increased bleeding, mostly gastrointestinal  link

Aspirin not clearly great at primary prevention in low risk non-diabetic patients either  link

EpiPen shortage continues  link

Lorcaserin facilitated sustained weight loss without a higher rate of major cardiovascular events than that with placebo, but ongoing surveillance appropriate due to non-significant greater valvulopathy  link

Warning on potential dangers of cannabis in pregnancy and breastfeeding – concerns regarding both short-term growth and long-term neurodevelopmental and behavioral consequences  link

Pollution associated with cognitive performance  link

STDs sharply increasing- nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017  link


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Transcranial magnetic stimulation approved for obsessive-compulsive disorder  link

Measles cases and deaths in Europe on the rise  link

New York University School of Medicine announces free tuition for medical students regardless of merit or need  link

Women aged 30 to 65 years can now choose primary high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing as an option for cervical cancer screening  link

MI and death risk better estimated by combining glucose, eGFR with hs-cTn (retrospective)  link

Coconut oil is pure poison?, never mind what celebrities and health fads say  link

Healthy patients with cough should try honey, not antibiotics  link

Parents warned on varying accuracy or lack thereof of baby monitors designed to attempt to reduce sudden infant deaths  link

Canadian doctors want one national licensing system rather than provincial barriers  link

Lancer study shows the risk of all-cause mortality, and of cancers specifically, rises with increasing levels of alcohol consumption, and the level of consumption that minimises health loss is zero. A drink or two a day being healthy is probably wishful thinking  link


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About 1 in 10 women with post-menopausal bleeding have endometrial cancer link

More Choosing Wisely family practice guidelines link

Pre-emptive TIPS in high risk variceal bleeding improves outcome link

Vaping may be more harmful than many believe. It affects immune cells and boosts inflammation  link

Universal screening for urinary incontinence in women?   link

Exercise is good for mental health, just how much is enough?  link

Sudden infant sleep related deaths not declining and more focus on the issue needed  link

Quitting smoking and gaining weight may temporarily increase diabetes risk but reduces overall and cardiovascular mortality. So quit!  link

In contrast to other study suggestions, maternal vitamin D supplementation from midpregnancy until birth or until 6 months post partum did not improve fetal or infant growth link

The poly pill combo: in a Sri Lankan setting,  treatment with a pill containing low doses of 3 antihypertensive drugs led to an increased proportion of patients achieving their target BP goal  link

Traumatic brain injury may be associated with increased risk of suicide  link

Although observational and questionnaire based, study finds low carb diets fare worse for mortality unless the extra protein and fats are plant based link

Removing the cancer label from low risk conditions that are unlikely to cause harm if left untreated…  link


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For ADHD, methylphenidate in kids and amphetamines in adults  link

Bariatric surgery in diabetes associated with lower overall incidence of microvascular disease (including lower risk for neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy) than usual care link

Induction at 39 weeks may reduce Cesarean rate  link

Sodium intake was associated with cardiovascular disease and strokes only in communities where mean intake was greater than 5 g/day – less restrictive appropriate?  link

Men who reported most frequently wearing boxers had higher sperm concentration and total count! link

Saudi medical trainees ordered home, will impact Canada link

After so much on too little sleep, too much – more than 8 hours – may be worse  link

Aim for healthy diets rather than merely dietary diversity  link

Notifying doctors of their patients’ overdose death reduces opioid prescribing  link


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EpiPen shortage in Canada continues link

Deadly Ebola virus returns in DRC  link

Mulpleta approved for surgery in liver disease to boost platelets  link

Drinking while breastfeeding can affect child’s cognition  link

Beware “vaginal rejuvenation” procedures!  link

Pathogens now even becoming resistant to alcohol based hand sanitation  link

Kids gluten free foods may be less healthful link

Rifampin for four months may be a better choice than nine months Isoniazid for latent TB in adults  link

– and also in children link

Should LDL cholesterol be lowered even more?  link

Depo-Medrol should not be used in epidurals. link