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Obama calls on Congress to fully fund Zika response

After a White House briefing with his administration’s top health experts on 20 May, US president Barack Obama renewed his call for Congress to fully fund his request for $1.9 billion (£1.31b; €1.7b) in emergency funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus in the US and abroad. Obama made his first request for the funds in February.1  
feeds.bmj.com
about 4 years ago
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Clinical risk factors for pre-eclampsia early pregnancy: problems with systematic review

We read Bartsch and colleagues’ review on clinical risk factors for pre-eclampsia with interest.1 This timely topic is of great clinical interest because it reworks the established institutional guidelines for using maternal characteristics to screen for pre-eclampsia risk in pregnancy. Although we applaud their diligent and meticulous approach, we have some reservations about this study.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 4 years ago
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Canagliflozin/Metformin Combo Approved as First Line for Diabetes

The fixed-dose combination product of canagliflozin and metformin, known as Invokamet, has been approved for first-line treatment of type 2 diabetes in the US.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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More Walkability Means Less Obesity, Diabetes Over Time

The first-ever prospective study to look at the relationship between neighborhood walkability and health finds strong associations with obesity and diabetes rates.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Low-Residue Diet Acceptable for Bowel Prep

Bowel cleansing was more effective when patients consumed a low-residue diet the day before colonoscopy, rather than the conventional clear-liquid diet, new research shows, and patients were happier.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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China and Russia teams join WHO’s Emergency Medical Team Initiative

WHO is working with governments and organizations to register medical teams from around the world.  
who.int
about 4 years ago
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World Health Assembly highlights importance of multisectoral action on health

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, addressed the World Health Assembly today. She stressed the links between climate change and health, including those related to the spread of vector-borne diseases.  
who.int
about 4 years ago
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Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

23 MAY 2016 | GENEVA - WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan opened the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly with words of celebration, warning, and hope.  
who.int
about 4 years ago
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CICM Second Part Exam Practice SAQs 25052016 - INTENSIVE

As prepared by Chris Nickson, here are the practice questions from the last written exam practice session at The Alfred ICU, with recommended reading from Lifeinthefastlane.com’s Critical Care Compendium and other FOAM sources:  
intensiveblog.com
about 4 years ago
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Training for Stress - INTENSIVE

The session was based on last year’s SMACC Chicago workshop ‘Learning to take the heat’ (see Learning to the heat at #SMACCUS – we’re doing it again at SMACCDUB soon…) Since then, a superb post was published at St Emlyn’s on Robert Lloyd’s experience working in South Africa, titled An Englishman in South Africa: Robert Lloyd. This reads as a case study in how anyone can succumb to the acute stress response when they perceive a threat to exceed their ability to cope. It is also a case study in how to go about rectifying the issue using stress training techniques. Hats off to Robert for sharing his experience, it is a must read!  
intensiveblog.com
about 4 years ago
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The Myth of Morphine Equivalent Daily Dosage

A new study suggests that a commonly used means of dosing opioid analgesics is flawed.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Endoscopic Resection of Large Colorectal Polyps

Does this study tell us anything new about the efficacy and safety of endoscopic resection of large colorectal polyps?  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Facial and Scalp Swelling in Children With Hemophilia

Two pediatric patients present with swelling of the cheek and scalp. Find out how these cases were diagnosed and learn what the treatment was.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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New HIV Vaccine Trial Aims to Build on Earlier Modest Success

A late-stage trial will begin later this year in South Africa to test the effectiveness of an HIV vaccine that has shown promise in earlier trials, according to the National Institutes of Health.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Continuing Nivolumab Beyond Progression May Be Worthwhile in Kidney Cancer

Nivolumab can be effective in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) treated beyond first progression, according to a subgroup analysis of a phase 2 clinical trial.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Breast Cancer: Big Questions Answered?

Dr Kathy Miller previews the top ASCO 2016 breast cancer studies, which may provide definitive answers about anthracyclines in HER2-negative BC and optimal duration for adjuvant aromatase inhibitors.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Is Colorectal Cancer on the Run?

The US incidence of CRC has declined by 40% since 1975. Contributory factors include screening, better treatment, and possibly use of aspirin and changes in gut microbiome reports Dr David Kerr.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Why Ob/Gyns Need to Talk to Patients About Fertility

Many women are unaware of age-related decline in ovarian reserve, one fertility specialist says.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Drug Interactions That Can Kill (and How to Avoid Them) - David Juurlink - Intensive Care Network

Rick Body’s SMACC Chicago talk 'Is compassion a Patients Right?' takes us on a journey of emotions in critical care.  
intensivecarenetwork.com
about 4 years ago
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Is Compassion a Patient Right? - Rick Body - Intensive Care Network

Rick Body’s SMACC Chicago talk 'Is compassion a Patients Right?' takes us on a journey of emotions in critical care.  
intensivecarenetwork.com
about 4 years ago