Public Health

Reports of high-impact public health and policy studies by medical professionals

Multifaceted programs to improve handover at discharge from hospital significantly improves hospital use and...

Image :CC Key findings: Multifaceted programs targeting hospital to primary care handover have been shown to significantly improve outcomes in randomized controlled trials The success of these...

Higher plasma bicarbonate levels associated with decreased risk of type II Diabetes [CMAJ]

Image: CC/Ash Key Study Points: 1.       Increased plasma bicarbonate is associated with a decreased odds of developing diabetes. 2.       Each unit increase in plasma bicarbonate was associated...

Exercising decreases insulin resistance in sedentary overweight and obese children [JAMA]

Image: CC Key study points: Obese or sedentary children that perform aerobic exercise (20 or 40min/day) have a reduced risk of developing pre-diabetes insulin resistance, regardless...

Bisphenol A (BPA) linked with childhood obesity [JAMA]

Image: CC/Edgar181. BPA compund. Key study points: 1.      Increasing urinary BPA is associated with a higher risk of obesity in children. 2.      This association was significant for...

“Sexting” associated with sexual risk among adolescents [Pediatrics]

Image: CC/Katerha Key Study Points: 1.      Sexting is associated with sexual activity, with a trend towards unprotected sexual activity. 2.      Knowing other individuals who sext is a...

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...

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...

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...

[CANCER] Marijuana associated with increased risk of germ cell and nonseminoma testicular cancer

Image:CC Primer: The onset of testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) typically occurs during puberty, and various studies have implicated changes in steroid hormones as culprits...

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