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Does long-term coffee intake lower BP?

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Longer-duration antibiotics: do they actually help in acute sore throat?

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Current updates on Coeliac disease

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Durvalumab demonstrates favourable clinical activity against locally advanced/ metastatic urothelial cancer
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Durvalumab demonstrates favourable clinical activity against locally advanced/ metastatic urothelial cancer

Phase 1/2 open-label study reveals durvalumab could be an attractive alternative to chemotherapy in urothelial cancer

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Anxiety and opioid misuse go hand-in-hand

Clinicians should keep an eye on this patient population.

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Heart Disease: Monthly Essentials August 2017
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Heart Disease: Monthly Essentials August 2017

Embolic protection devices not so protective | The most effective HFpEF drugs | Aspirin, HF, and some Nietzsche.

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Bacteremic CAP: early positive blood culture is ominous

First study addressing the issue of early TTP in pneumococcal pneumonia.

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Does intensive lifestyle intervention enhance standard care in recent-onset type 2 diabetes?

Some possible benefit for some patients in the first decade after diagnosis.

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Meta-analysis ties psoriasis to suicide risk

Risk is higher in younger patients and those with more severe disease.

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Consuming energy-dense food may increase obesity-related cancer risk in people of normal weight
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Consuming energy-dense food may increase obesity-related cancer risk in people of normal weight

Experts suggest that higher dietary energy density in normal-weight women may lead to metabolic dysregulation independent of body weight.

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"Robust association" found for e-cigarette use and smoking in adolescents
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"Robust association" found for e-cigarette use and smoking in adolescents

E-cigarette use is a greater risk factor for starting smoking in those with no smoking friends than for those who had a friendship network where most smoked.

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Acupuncture and electrotherapy reduce opioid use after knee replacement
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Acupuncture and electrotherapy reduce opioid use after knee replacement

The new study has also identified poorer quality evidence for interventions such as cryotherapy.

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Patient participation in hand hygiene initiatives should not be seen as a threat
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Patient participation in hand hygiene initiatives should not be seen as a threat

Almost half of physicians feel patients should not be offering reminders to perform hand hygiene.

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Parkinson's disease: meta-analysis confirms efficacy of adjuvant entecapone

Adding entecapone to levodopa reduces motor fluctuation in later disease.

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Myasthenia gravis: SQ immunoglobulin quells exacerbations

Self-administered injection shows promise in phase 3 trial.

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Does methylnaltrexone have long-term consequences?

Prior data suggested µ-opioid receptor antagonists may lead to cardiac events.

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Rheumatoid arthritis: is baricitinib safe in the long term?

Results from an open-label extension trial.

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