Dear colleagues, first of all we’d like to wish you all a very happy new year!
In this blog, we continue picking up the top news updates from those that fellow colleagues have shared on the Among Doctors network. As many of you have already experienced, with this feature we can all become editors by selecting and sharing interesting news with the rest of our network. If you haven’t used it yet, give it try and let us know your thoughts.
Now, back to the latest top news:
- Effects of cancer screening on overall mortality overstated, says report
There is insufficient evidence to claim cancer screening saves lives, argue experts in a report published in The BMJ, who call for future studies to assess the impact of cancer screening on overall mortality rather than disease-specific mortality alone.
- Effect of body surface decolonisation on bacteriuria and candiduria in intensive care units
Universal decolonisation of patients in the ICU with once a day chlorhexidine baths and short-course nasal mupirocin could be a potential preventive strategy in male patients because it significantly decreases candiduria and any bacteriuria, but not for women.
- Why it’s time for doctors to ditch their white coats
The real cost of abandoning white coats, it seems, has less to do with preventing infections and more to do with the potential emotional or social consequences.
- Corticosteroid Therapy for Patients Hospitalized With Community-Acquired Pneumonia
For hospitalized adults with CAP, systemic corticosteroid therapy may reduce mortality by approximately 3%, need for mechanical ventilation by approximately 5%, and hospital stay by approximately 1 day.
- Human-Neanderthal relationships may be at root of modern allergies
Three genes inherited from our Neanderthal cousins may cause modern carriers to have an overly-sensitive immune system susceptible to allergies
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Photo credit: National Cancer Institute.