A plethora of news were shared on the Among Doctors network last week by fellow physicians; a result of a community which starts to grow with members wishing to share what they have appraised. Primary care and mental health, asthma over diagnosis, updates on the Zika virus and a new report on eHealth from the European office of the WHO. Let’s see the latest top news:
- Getting Primary Care at the Psychiatrist’s Office
People with severe mental illnesses are more likely to die prematurely than those without, and it’s often from treatable chronic diseases—in part because many, don’t receive regular medical care.
- Overdiagnosis of asthma in children in primary care: a retrospective analysis
Overdiagnosis of childhood asthma is common in primary care, leading to unnecessary treatment, disease burden, and impact on quality of life. However, only in a small percentage of children is a diagnosis of asthma confirmed by lung function tests.
- From innovation to implementation – eHealth in the WHO European Region
A new report on e-Health in the WHO European Region reveals that tangible progress has been made, with clear benefits for many countries. In most Member States, it has become commonplace for technology to be used to deliver health services and public health improvements, such as electronic health records.
- Effects of Long-Term Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin on Fractures and Bone Density in Non-Pregnant Adults
Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) for 3–6 months may not increase the risk of fractures, but longer exposure for up to 24 months may adversely affect bone mineral density (BMD). Clinicians should consider monitoring BMD in adults on long-term LMWH who are at increased risk of bone loss or fracture.
- Draft Recommendation Statement: Latent Tuberculosis Infection: Screening
Adults at greater risk for latent tuberculosis infection should be screened for the condition, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends.
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome outbreak associated with Zika virus infection in French Polynesia
This case-control study of a Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia showed that an increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome was associated with recent Zika virus infection.
- Effect of antihypertensive treatment at different blood pressure levels in patients with diabetes mellitus
Antihypertensive treatment reduces the risk of mortality and cardiovascular morbidity in people with diabetes mellitus and a systolic blood pressure more than 140 mm Hg. If systolic blood pressure is less than 140 mm Hg, however, further treatment is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death, with no observed benefit.
- Statisticians issue warning over misuse of P values
Misuse of the P value is contributing to the number of research findings that cannot be reproduced, the American Statistical Association (ASA) warns in a statement.
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