Clinical News from Canada
and Around the World
  April 2019 • Volume 6 Issue 4

Opioid Guidelines May Be Misimplemented

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain have seen rapid uptake and have been embraced by the medical community, however, they are occasionally being implemented inappropriately. NEJM Read more

Metformin May Help Maintain Weight Loss

Findings of the Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial and related follow-up study suggest incremental metformin benefits. Annals of Internal Medicine Read more

Risks and Benefits of Long-Term Osteoporosis Drug Therapy

A systematic review of 48 studies of men or postmenopausal women aged ≥50 investigated the effect of long-term osteoporosis drug treatment, discontinuation, and holidays. Annals of Internal Medicine Read more

Acetaminophen Safe as First-Line Analgesic for Most Older Adults

This large prospective study of older adults demonstrated that acetaminophen was safe for most but not all seniors. J Am Geriatr Soc Read more

Physician Mental Illness

While the stigma associated with mental illness appears to be diminishing among the general public, the medical profession continues to struggle. National Post Read more

Skipping Breakfast Associated with an Increased Risk of Death from Cardiovascular Disease

A recent large prospective cohort study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicated that consistently skipping breakfast was associated with much higher risk of cardiovascular mortality. MD Magazine Read more

Sleep Medication Associated with Increased Use of Antihypertensive Drugs

A prospective cohort study of patients aged ≥60 found that sleeping pill use was associated with increased antihypertensive medication. Geriatr Gerontol Int Read more

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

In this study of 558 patients with refractory IBS, researchers compared CBT with treatment as usual. Gut Read more

U.S. Brings Criminal Case Against Drug Distributor

Rochester Drug Co-operative, one of the largest U.S. drug distributors, has agreed to pay $20 million US and enter a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve charges it turned a blind eye to suspicious orders for opioids. CBC News Read more


Thrombosis Canada – ASA Use


Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy


Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) – 2019 Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention


Clinical Practice Guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children


Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Women with Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer: ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Focused Update

3rd Annual National Conference on Medical Assistance in Dying

  May 31-Jun 1, 2019   Vancouver, BC
Challenges in Internal Medicine

  Jun 19-21, 2019   New York, New York
Canadian Hypertension Congress

  Sep 25-28, 2019   Edmonton, Alberta
Current Topics in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

  Sep 28-Oct 5, 2019   Montreal, Quebec
Family Medicine Forum 2019

  Oct 30-Nov 2, 2019   Vancouver, BC
North American Primary Care Research Group 47th Annual Meeting

  Nov 16-20, 2019   Toronto, Ontario