Tuesday, September 27, 2016

High Twitter Influence of Third Party Commercial Entities at Medical Conferences

An analysis of Twitter activity at 13 medical conferences found that commercial tweets were highly influential and biased the reporting on the evidence-based science from the conference. PLoS One. 2016;11(9):e0162376

Comment: One way to keep medical conference tweets more unbiased would be to disallow any company from tweeting with the conference hashtag. If they do, then they would be banned from attending the conference next year. Sorting out commercial from non-commercial tweets is difficult in a twitter feed so imposing some sort of self-regulation makes sense.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Internet Based Education for Depression: Harmful or Helpful?

Internet based educational tools appear to benefit patients with depression. Psychol Med. 2016 Oct;46(13):2679-2693.

Comment: This study found that while overall, online educational tools were helpful in patients with depression, upon sub-group analysis, the benefit appeared to be restricted to patients with more education compared to less education. Poorly educated patients did not benefit, and appeared to be at risk of deterioration.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mediterranean Diet and Dementia: a Review of the Evidence

Adherence to the Mediterranean diet appears to be linked to better cognitive performance. Adv Nutr. 2016 Sep 15;7(5):889-904.

Comment: The Mediterranean diet appears to have many benefits, including cognitive, cardiovascular, and cancer prevention. While more research needs to be performed, at this point in time the research is fairly consistent that the Mediterranean diet is a great diet for your long-term health.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Effects of Mediterranean diet on sexual function in people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: The MÈDITA trial.

This study of 215 diabetics found that a Mediterranean diet diet reduced the deterioration of sexual function over time in both sexes. J Diabetes Complications. 2016 Aug 12.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The effect of neck-specific exercise with or without a behavioral approach on psychological factors in chronic whiplash-associated disorders: A randomized controlled trial with a 2-year follow-up.

Physiotherapist-led exercise was superior to the mere prescription of physical activity in patients with whiplash. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Aug;95(34):e4430.

Comment: This study found that smart exercise is superior to unfocused exercise in the treatment of neck whiplash. Makes sense!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Negative Experiences on Facebook and Depressive Symptoms Among Young Adults.

Negative experiences on Facebook are significantly associated with depressive symptoms. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Aug 18

Comment: The cause and effect in this situation are not known, however, negative interactions on Facebook definitely appear to be a red flag for depression.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Investigation of serum vitamin D levels in Chinese infertile men.

Low vitamin D levels were found to be associated with lower total sperm count and lower sperm motility in Chinese infertile men.  (Andrologia. 2016 Mar 18. doi: 10.1111/and.12570.)
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