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Are new hypertension guidelines realistic?

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Patients Will Be Asking: Why should I get a flu shot if it's only 10% effective?

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UK surgeon accused of "branding" livers

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"Die-in" protests guns in hospitals

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FDA tool helps with antibiotic prescribing

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Quality reporting efforts may be counterproductive

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New in Emergency Medicine

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Breathing retraining via DVD for asthma

It’s as effective as face-to-face training, and both are better than usual care.

Respiratory Infection Vitals for December 2017
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Respiratory Infection Vitals for December 2017

Lung ultrasound for CAP diagnosis in ED | Imaging alternative for pediatric pneumonia.

  • Clinical Essentials from Neurology
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Headache, migraine risks persist in teenage survivors of terror attacks

A matched cohort study of youth surviving a terror attack in Norway.

Diabetes Vitals for December 2017
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Diabetes Vitals for December 2017

Metformin and stroke risk | CAC predicts CVD risk in diabetes | What is optimal diabetes screening frequency?

  • Clinical Essentials from J Crohns Colitis
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IBD: steroids may double venous thromboembolism risk

Anti-TNFα agents, on the other hand, are linked to reduced risk.

  • Clinical Essentials from Crit Care
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ECMO for near-fatal asthma

Despite high complication rate, most patients survive to discharge.

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Many drugs, not just antibiotics, alter gut flora

Proton pump inhibitors, metformin among those linked to concerning changes.

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Nebulized magnesium is iffy for acute asthma: an updated meta-analysis

Benefit, if any, remains uncertain.

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Use of carotid stenting rises in older adults despite STENT data

Pivotal trial showed that carotid endarterectomy was safer in this age group.

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Does this child have IBD? Check fecal calprotectin

Adding it to red-flag symptoms helps substantially.

Neurological Disorders Vitals for December 2017
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Neurological Disorders Vitals for December 2017

Drug shows promise in infantile-onset SMA | SubQ Ig for CIDP maintenance | Thrombectomy delay for stroke? | Extracranial vein angioplasty ineffective in MS.

  • Clinical Essentials from J. Hepatol
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Alcoholic hepatitis: DF is no longer the optimal prognostic tool

STOPAH data show that MELD, ABIC, and GAHS offer superior value.

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Walks along polluted streets can cancel out cardiorespiratory benefits

A crossover study in London found dramatic differences between park walks and street walks.

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Predicting pneumonia in a primary care population

Four signs suggest a higher risk for radiographic findings.