The 2 Minute Update

Does outpatient follow-up after ED discharge affect outcomes?

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When patients are discharged from the ED, does an outpatient follow-up visit affect mortality?  

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Bariatric Surgery and All Cause Mortality

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Does bariatric surgery decrease mortality? This Canadian study included over 13,000 surgery patients, followed for almost 5 years.  

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Epigastric pain: antacids alone vs GI cocktail

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What works better - and tastes better - for epigastric pain when you suspect gastritis? Researchers randomized antacids alone vs. antacids plus lidocaine.  

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How well do patients remember their medicaions?

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Can patients accurately tell you what medications they are taking? This ED study evaluated that.

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Does decreasing smoking frequency decrease mortality?

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We know that quitting smoking decreases mortality. But what if someone decreases frequency, transitioning from smoking daily to smoking less frequently than every day? Does that save lives?  

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