Acupuncture helpful for chronic pain: new meta-analysis [Arch Intern Med.]

Image: CC/RenatoGanoza Key study points: 1.      Acupuncture provides a statistically significant and clinically relevant benefit for chronic pain relief over usual medical care. 2.      The benefit...

Addition of neuroleptics Droperidol or Olanzapine provide more rapid sedation of agitated patients than...

Image: CC Key study points: 1.     Administration of IV droperidol or olanzapine as an adjunct to midazolam is an effective method of sedation that not associated...

Large population based study in Denmark predicts the rates of certain adverse outcomes temporally...

Image: CC/Sanofi Pasteur Key study points: 1.     There is marked variability in the incidence rates of the diseases linked with childhood vaccinations. 2.     Occurrence rates of each...

Sodium intake of children and teens on par with adults, associated with risk for...

Image: CC/topgold Key study points: 1.    The average intake of sodium among those aged 8-18 is as high as U.S. adults 2.    Sodium intake in those aged...

Best Adjustment Strategy for Asthma in the Long Term (BASALT) study finds no difference...

Image: CC Key study points: ·The United States’ current standard of care for adjustment of inhaled corticosteroids in asthmatic patients does not differ in efficacy when...

Fractional flow reserve-guided PCI decreases the need for urgent revascularization in patients with stable...

Image:CC Key findings: FFR-guided PCI, in addition to standard medical therapy, reduced the need for urgent revascularization compared to standard medical therapy alone in patients with...

Minor Strokes, TIAs increase risk of disability [Stroke]

Image: CC/L. Henry Key study points: 1.      15% of patients with minor strokes/TIAs were disabled within 3 months. 2.      In addition to positive CT/CT angiography and ongoing...

Pertussis outbreaks on the rise, vaccine effectiveness waning [NEJM]

Image: CC. B. Pertussis Key study points: For every year after the 5th dose of the DTaP vaccine (age 4-6), there is a 42% increased...

[CMAJ] Influenza vaccination coverage across ethnic groups

Image: CC/Blakespot Key findings: ·       Canadians of Asian descent were found to have the highest vaccination rates ·       After adjusting for sociodemographic factors, all ethnic groups studied...

[BMJ] Tranexamic acid reduces mortality in traumatic bleeding

Image: CC Key findings: Tranexamic acid was found to significantly reduce all cause mortality in patients with traumatic bleeding, except in those with the lowest baseline...

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