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In the news: Coffee drinking and mortality in 10 European countries; Association of coffee consumption with total and cause-specific mortality among Nonwhite populations; and Association of coffee drinking with total and cause-specific mortality

by jmiller on July 12, 2017

“Coffee consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality.  Higher consumption of coffee was associated with lower risk for death in African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos and whites.  Bottom line:  “Although drinking coffee cannot be recommended as being good … learn more

Coconut oil consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in humans

by jmiller on July 6, 2017

According to the AHA report, Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory from the AHA” (Circulation, June 16) research has long shown that coconut oil—which has more saturated fat than lard or butter—increases “bad” LDL cholesterol, which thickens arterial … learn more

Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee arthritis and meniscal tears: a clinical practice guideline

by jmiller on July 6, 2017

An expert panel produced these recommendations based on a linked systematic review, which found that, among patients with a degenerative medial meniscus tear, knee arthroscopy was no better than exercise therapy.  The panel make a strong recommendation against arthroscopy for … learn more

Health and public policy to facilitate effective prevention and treatment of substance use disorders involving illicit and prescription drugs: An American College of Physicians Position Paper

by jmiller on June 19, 2017

“In this position paper, the American College of Physicians maintains that substance use disorder is a treatable chronic medical condition and offers recommendations on expanding treatment options, the legal status of marijuana, addressing the opioid epidemic, insurance coverage of substance … learn more

Guidelines for family-centered care in the neonatal, pediatric and adult ICU

by jmiller on June 19, 2017

“These guidelines identify the evidence base for best practices for family-centered care in the ICU.   They provide clinicians with evidence based strategies to optimize the support of the family of critically ill patients in the ICU All recommendations were weak … learn more

Noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain: A clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians

by jmiller on June 19, 2017

The target audience for this guideline includes all clinicians, ant the target patient population includes adults with acute, subacute or chronic low back pain.  Recommendations include nonpharmacological treatment first, NSAIDS secondarily; multimodality interventions such as exercise, yoga biofeedback; last recommendation … learn more

ACOG Practice Guideline: Carrier screening for genetic conditions

by jmiller on June 19, 2017

“If an individual is found to be a carrier for a specific condition, the patient’s reproductive partner should be offered testing in order to receive informed genetic counseling about potential reproductive outcomes.  If both partners are found to be carriers … learn more

Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Park, editor of the recently published: Global Surgery: The Essentials!

by jmiller on June 1, 2017

Dr. Park’s recently released “Global Surgery”, published by Springer, will be available through the medical library; details to follow.  With so many of our medical staff generously giving of their time and skills to third world mission programs, this book … learn more

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