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The Update

 Issue no. 7, September 2019

The Update is a monthly digest of all that is interesting, exciting and new in the world of medicine and medical science, presented in a curated and convenient package.

1. UAE's New Organ Transplant Laws Save 37 Lives

Dr Ali Al Obaidly, Seha's head of organ donations, said organ donation is the "noblest of acts".
Reem Mohammed/The National
  • New laws permitting organ donation in the UAE have already saved the lives of 37 people, officials say.
  • Doctors said recent changes to legislation had allowed lifesaving transplants to save patients who previously would have died.
  • Those saved received organs from only 10 deceased donors.
  • Changes to the law came into effect early last year, although the introduction of a donor card scheme has yet to be implemented.
  • Officials hope this would encourage people to agree to donate deceased loved ones' organs as acceptance rates are low so far.
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2. The Case For Including Critical Care Pharmacists Multidisciplinary ICU Teams

Society of Critical Care Medicine 
  • A systematic review recently published in the journal of Critical Care Medicine assessed the effects of including critical care pharmacists in multidisciplinary ICU teams on clinical outcomes including mortality, ICU length of stay, and adverse drug events. 14 articles were included in the analysis. 
  • It was found that including critical care pharmacists in the multidisciplinary ICU team improved patient outcomes including mortality, ICU length of stay in mixed ICUs, and preventable/nonpreventable adverse drug events.
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3. Research To Watch: Association Between Electronic Cigarette Use and Myocardial Infarction

Image: © Neydtstock/Getty Images

  • Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are promoted as a less risky alternative to conventional cigarettes and have grown in popularity. Experimental and clinical evidence suggests that they could increase the risk of myocardial infarction.
  • The data came from nearly 70,000 people who took part in two National Health Interview Surveys, which was used to examine the cross-sectional association between e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking and myocardial infarction in a single logistic regression model that also included demographics and health characteristics using logistic regression.
  • Daily e-cigarette use was independently associated with increased odds of having had a myocardial infarction as was daily conventional cigarette smoking.
  • Compared with nonsmokers, people who smoked regular cigarettes daily nearly tripled their heart attack risk, compared with a nearly doubled risk among people who used only e-cigarettes. 
  • Thus, according to the study, daily e-cigarette use, adjusted for smoking conventional cigarettes as well as other risk factors, is associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction.
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Recent RAKMHSU Publications
In this paper, co-authored by Zainab Riaz, alumna (Class of '18) and Junior Instructor at RAKCODS, it was found that antibiotics were prescribed in relatively contra-indicated clinical conditions or where there is absolutely no need. The authors deemed this an "unethical display" of abuse of antibiotic prescriptions, that they say is prevalent in most of dental teaching hospitals in Peshawar. 

The study was a descriptive, cross sectional, self-administered structured questionnaire based study. It was published in the International Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health in June 2019.
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