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2 Minute Medicine | November 29, 2014

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Full-day preschool programs linked to improved overall student performance

November 26, 2014 |

1. Full-day (7 hour) preschool programs resulted in marked improvement in academic performance at the end of the school year versus part-day (3 hour) programs. 2. About 81% of full day students were at or above the national average in ≥4 metrics of development compared to 59% of part-day students. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) […]Read More

Vaccines for predicted influenza strains may provide wide protection [PreClinical]

November 26, 2014 |

1. Following infection with one influenza strain, antibodies produced in unvaccinated patients were effective against the strain as well as for a broad range of related strains previously in circulation. 2. Vaccination based on a predicted future strain resulted in robust antibody responses against the advanced strain and current strains. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) […]Read More

Shorter time to angioplasty may improve heart attack outcomes

November 26, 2014 |

1. Patient mortality rates associated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) increased between 2005 and 2011, despite decreases in door-to-balloon (DTB) times. 2. Although mortality rates increased, the decrease in DTB times was associated with decreased mortality events, suggesting that the overall trend of increasing mortality is a consequence of changing treatment procedures and patient […]Read More

Atrial fibrillation-specific management increases days alive and out of hospital

November 26, 2014 |

1. An atrial fibrillation-specific intervention program consisting of a home visit, Holter monitoring after hospital discharge, and prolonged follow-up was associated with a greater proportion of days alive and out of hospital, compared to standard intervention of routine primary care and outpatient follow-up 2. Atrial fibrillation-specific interventions did not significantly increase event-free survival compared to […]Read More