As physicians, we use the Internet on a daily basis to obtain current health and medical information, and access journal articles and synthesis of evidence-based information. We regularly curate information: we process and appraise vast amounts of content; we select what is relevant and meaningful for our profession, based on our background, interests and knowledge gaps.
But why should this effort go unnoticed? Wouldn’t it be great to share what we personally find interesting, exciting and meaningful -whether it is an important piece of news, an updated scientific guidance or a hot debate? And wouldn’t be fantastic to browse the news that our trusted colleagues have selected for us?
Now, the Among Doctors network enables us to share news updates right from the front page. So let the crowd-sourcing of appraised information begin! In this blog, we will be picking the week’s top updates from those that fellow colleagues have shared on Among Doctors. Without further ado, here are the latest news:
- Effects of Evening vs Morning Levothyroxine Intake: A Randomized Double-blind Crossover
Levothyroxine taken at bedtime significantly improved thyroid hormone levels. Quality-of-life variables and plasma lipid levels showed no significant changes with bedtime vs morning intake. Clinicians should consider prescribing levothyroxine intake at bedtime.
- Patients less satisfied by GPs who refuse antibiotics
As many as half of all antibiotics prescribed may be given out inappropriately by GPs in England. In this study, doctors who prescribed 25% fewer antibiotics saw a modest reduction in patient satisfaction with them or with their surgery.
- Improving Adherence to Therapy and Clinical Outcomes While Containing Costs: Opportunities From the Greater Use of Generic Medications
Most, but not all, studies evaluating the decision to use a generic rather than a brand-name drug for the treatment of chronic disease show significantly higher long-term adherence after treatment initiation.
- Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention
Spontaneous fluctuations in brain activity while individuals are simply resting can predict their ADHD symptoms.
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