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Weekly Medical News

Marriage confers lower cardiovascular risk!  link

WHO declares compulsive video gaming an addictive behaviour disorder.  link

American Academy of Pediatrics condemns Border Security and Immigration Reform Act ‘s impact on children. link

Methadone and Buprenorphine reduce mortality after nonfatal opioid overdose  link

Generic Suboxone approved in US  link

Do viruses play a role in Alzheimer’s ?  link

NSAID use around conception was associated with increased risk of miscarriage link

High risk of death from  drug and many other causes  after non fatal opioid overdoses.  link


Weekly Medical News

Vitamin D supplementation may improve fetal and infant growth  link

Removal of adenoids or tonsils may possibly lead to higher long term infectious, respiratory and allergic illness  link

Long term albumin in decompensated cirrhosis may improve survival  link

CRISPR gene editing technology not quite ready for prime time as a potential for cancer found  link

Resistance exercise may reduce depression symptoms  link

Many common medications list depression as side effect  link

A clear (and sometimes not so clear) analysis of the entirety of dietary research and the connection of different diets and diet components to chronic disease  link

And a look at the evidence of the popular topic – microbiome or microbiota on health link

Bisphosphonates are overwhelmingly useful but an article discusses the risk of atypical femur fracture link

Psychedelic drugs may have a future role in mental illness and addiction  link


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With tumour gene testing, many women with breast cancer may not need chemotherapy  link

1 in 5 deaths in 24-35 year olds in US involve opioids  link

Canadian guidelines – all born from 1945-1975 should be screened for Hepatitis C  link

Sugar sweetened sports drinks still an issue in adolescents, especially and in television watchers  link

MDMA facilitated psychotherapy may be useful in PTSD in controlled settings  link

In trauma, don’t delay calculating GCS – if not following commands, up-triage!  link

FDA warns on risks of liquid filled intra-gastric balloons  link

Suicide rates are increasing  link

Guideline on menopausal GU symptoms in women with or at high risk for breast cancer  link

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Resolved Atrial Fibrillation patients stilll at risk of stroke  link

Life threatening bleeding from synthetic cannabinoid cases  link

Colorectal cancer screening advocated from 45 years old  link

Vitamin D during pregnancy may reduce ‘small for gestational age’ and improve infant growth link

HPV vaccination protects against cervical precancer in adolescent girls and women who are vaccinated between 15 and 26 years of age without serious adverse effects  link

Palynziq – novel enzyme treatment for PKU  link

Among patients with stage II or III colorectal cancer, increased frequency of follow-up testing did not reduce the 5-year mortality rate – but survival rates were still good



Health News

Warning on benzocaine in infants and children, common in teething products  link

Severe atopic eczema linked to increased cardiovascular risk  link

Potential for weight gain from antidepressants  link

S100B as a biomarker for mild traumatic brain injury in children may be useful as part of initial assessment and lower CT radiation link

Ebola outbreak in DRC  link

Eggs and Nutrition – the circus continues. They’re good for you this week – just enjoy and don’t read any more studies  link

Despite the new formulation of the nasal spray flu vaccine, AAP still recommends flu shot  link

IBD, specifically Ulcerative Colitis may increase later risk of Parkinson’s  link

FDA approves Aimovig monthly injection for migraine, a monoclonal antibody that studies so far have only shown to be better than placebo link


Health News

Varenicline appears to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular but not neuropsychiatric events, contrary to recent study  link

A study shows that high intakes of oily fish, fresh legumes and vitamin B6 and zinc are associated with a later onset of natural menopause while a high consumption of refined pasta and rice is associated with an earlier age at natural menopause.  link

Adopting a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in US adults – nothing new except getting people to eat healthy, keep BMI normal, not smoke and exercise, and keep alcohol low  link

Tick and mosquito borne infections spreading rapidly in the US   link

Compared with saphenous venous grafts, use of radial-artery grafts for CABG resulted in a lower rate of adverse cardiac events and a higher rate of patency at 5 years of follow-up. link

Outrageous scandal and accusations of a coverup in Irish cervical cancer screening botching  link

Child mortality in England twice that of Sweden. Socioeconomic disadvantage contributes to child mortality through its association with adverse birth characteristics  link


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FDA crackdown on e-cigarettes and Juuling link

Valproate banned in women of childbearing age in UK link

Caffeinated beverages ok for most arrhythmia patients link

Avoid cannabis in pregnancy and breastfeeding link

E-cigarettes gateway to marijuana link

Antidepressant, urological, and antiparkinson drugs with definite anticholinergic activity are linked to future dementia incidence, with associations persisting up to 20 years after exposure  link

Celebrex’s cardiovascular safety is equal to or better than Naproxen (Aleve) or Ibuprofen (Advil) Link

Lamotrigine can cause serious immune reactions link

Older surgeons may have a lower patient mortality rate link

In MS, disease modifying therapy should be started early in the disease  link



General Medical News

Exercise and not Vitamin D prevents falls in community dwelling older adults link

Software artificial intelligence may replace specialist in diagnosing diabetic eye disease  link

Birth defects occur about two or three times more frequently among babies born to women who took certain SSRI medications, like fluoxetine and paroxetine, early in pregnancy.  link

Another nail in the coffin for the myth of low alcohol consumption being good  link

Vaginal progesterone and cerclage are equally effective for preventing preterm birth and improving perinatal outcomes in women with a singleton gestation, previous spontaneous preterm birth, and a midtrimester sonographic short cervix  link

Women having Essure contraception should be informed of the risks. But no stronger action from the FDA link

Ambulatory blood pressure stronger mortality predictor than in clinic. Masked hypertension linked to highest mortality and white cost hypertension is not benign either  link

In a meta-analysis, the use of SGLT-2 inhibitors or GLP-1 agonists was associated with lower mortality than DPP-4 inhibitors in type 2 diabetes  link


Weekly Health News

Metronidazole no longer recommended for C. Difficile; Vancomycin and Fidaxomicin first line link

Coffee must carry cancer warning due to acrylamide. Only in California! link

Proton Pump Inhibitors not linked to long term hip fracture risk (but ? short term). link

Estrogen products for postmenopausal vulvovaginal symptoms questioned  link

Most sinusitis antibiotic courses are too long. 5-7 days recommended, if at all…  link

People are still popping vitamins despite the lack of evidence of benefit  link

Close contact casting an alternative to surgery in unstable ankle fracture in older adults  link

Dual (but not single) antiplatelet therapy is associated with high early risks of major and gastrointestinal bleeding that decline after the first month. Intracerebral bleeding was not increased link

Much (early) hype about the new Interstitial Space, and it’s possibke role in pre-lymphatic cancer spread  link

Weekly Medical News

A summary of current evidence (or lack thereof) in managing primary dyslipidemia  link

Varenicline reduces smoking after acute coronary syndromes without increase in cardiovascular or neuropsychiatric side-effects but 60% resume smoking within 1 year link

We’ll see more substance abuse patients on heroin in Canada…  link

Spironolactone rather than Clonidine recommended as fourth line drug for triple drug resistant hypertension  link

FDA has approved a third indication for a fixed-dose combination of ceftazidime and avibactam to treat adults with hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP) – now approved for susceptible gram-negative bacteria.  link

e-cigarettes may not help smokers to quit after hospital discharge  link

FDA Advisory Committee Votes in Favor of Lucemyra (lofexidine) for the Mitigation of Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms  link

Lots of fractures and head injuries from hover boards and skateboards in kids  link