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Ginkgo biloba in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.

by jmiller on September 9, 2015

Article concludes:  The ginkgo biloba is an effective and safe complementary tratment for ADHD.  It resulted in significant increase in overall clinical treatment response.  (Complementary Therapies in Clinical Pracitice, August)  Click here to read full-text.

Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes

by jmiller on September 9, 2015

Article concludes: “The evidence for the viability of bone-targeted pharmacotherapy in preventing hip fracture and other clinical fragility fractures is mainly limited to women aged 65-80 years with osteoporosis, whereas the proof of hip fracture-preventing efficacy in women over 80 years of age and in men at all ages is meagre or absent.  Further, the antihip fracture efficacy shown in clinical trials is absent in fracture efficacy shown in clinical trials is absent in real-life studies.  Many drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis have also been associated with increased risks of serious adverse events.  There are also considerable uncertainties related to the efficacy of drug therapy in preventing clinical vertebral fractures, whereas the efficacy for preventing other fractures (relative risk reductions of 20-25%) remains moderate, particularly in terms of the low absolute risk reduction in fractures associated with this treatment.  This “Key Symposium” appears in the August issue of Journal of Internal Medicine.Click here to read full-text.

An official ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM policy statement: responding to requests for potentially inappropriate treatments in Intensive Care Units

by jmiller on July 16, 2015

“The multisociety statement on responding to requests for potentially inappropriate treatments in intensive care units provides guidance for clinicians to prevent and manage disputes in patients with advanced critical illness.”   (Am J Resp Crit Care Med, June 1)   Click here to read full-text.

How slow is too slow? Correlation of operative time to complications? An analysis from the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative

by jmiller on July 16, 2015

“Duration of operation correlates with complications and time longer than a statewide established standard carries higher risk.  to reduce risk of complications, these data support expeditious surgical technique and preoperative pulmonary training, and offer accurate outcomes assessment for patient counseling based on case duratio.  These data can be used directly to counsel individual surgeons to improve outcomes.” (Bull Am Coll Surg, July)  Click here to read full-text.

Breast cancer screening, incidence, and mortality across US counties

by jmiller on July 16, 2015

“When analyzed at the county level, the clearest result of mammography screening is the diagnosis of additional small cancers.  Furthermore, there is no conocomitant decline in the detection of larger cancers, which might explain the absence of any significant difference in the overall rate of death from the disease.  Together, these findings suggest widespread overdiagnosis.  As is the case with screening in general, the balance of benefits and harms is likely to be most favorable when screening is directed to those at high risk.” (JAMA Intern Med, early online)  Click here to read full-text.

Edoxaban (Savaysa) – The Fourth New Oral Anticoagulant

by jmiller on July 16, 2015

“The FDA has approved edoxaban (Savaysa), a once-daily, oral, direct factor Xa inhibitor, for treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and for prevention of stroke and systematic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.  It is the fourth new oral anticoagulant to be approved for VTE and non-valvular atrial fibrillation.”  (Jama, July 7)  To read full-text, click here.

NEW DATABASE – Used in conjunction with UpToDate – VisualDX

by jmiller on July 9, 2015

What is VisualDx?

VisualDx is one of the most widely used medical apps in the world to improve diagnostic accuracy,  medical education  and patient education.   VisualDx is already licensed by more than 50% of US medical schools including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, USC, UNC, University of Washington, and many more. Over the past 3 years, it has been voted among the top favorite apps multiple times at Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.  It is one of the top rated databases in KLAS, which is the Consumer Reports of databases.  It will give any visual pictures connected with a disease, as well as the new ICD10 codes; pearls of wisdom; treatment and references connected with dresources.  There is also a mobile app.  Questions:  call Joyce Miller, Medical Librarian ext. 4877.

Innovation in maternal-fetal therapy: a positon statement of the NA Fetal Therapy Network and Expanded carrier screening in reproductive medicine – points to consider: A joint statement

by jmiller on June 26, 2015

Innovative medical therapy often occupies an uncomfortable space between formal research and established clinical practice..  Because fetal medicine is unique in that other fields do not have to consider the well being of two individuals at the same time, the North American Fetal Therapy Network offers these expanded guidelines.  Expanded genetic carrier screening in reproductive medicine is provided in the Joint Statement of ACOG, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.  (Obstet Gynecol, March)  Click here to read full-text.

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