Bold Health Partners with the University of Pennsylvania for Clinical Trial of Its Zemedy IBS App

The School of Arts and Science of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania invites participants to a waitlist randomised control trial investigating the potential benefits of the Zemedy mobile app in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). “We have been tremendously fortunate to partner with Dr Hunt in both creating the innovative intervention based on her research…

MedShr’s Highlights from ESC Congress 2019

By George Ulmann - Reporter, MedShr More than 30,000 cardiovascular specialists attended Paris over five days to discuss the entire spectrum of cardiovascular medicine. The spotlight this year was on Global Cardiovascular Health, as ESC partnered with the World Heart Federation (WHF). A key highlight of the conference was the six Hot Line sessions, which…

The Cardiovascular Effects of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists: A Literature Review

By Veron V. Yala MD, Advanced DOH (JLI) and MSc Diabetes (USW) I. Background  Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a complex metabolic disorder that occurs when there is a rise in glycaemia secondary to the inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin or the inability to use it effectively (IDF, 2017).  The prevalence of diabetes…

This week at MedShr: #SportsInjuryWeek!

Playing sports at any age is a great form of exercise and social interaction, but there are always risks associated. Sports injuries can affect almost every part of the body-- everything from bones and joints to muscles and tendons. That is why this week at MedShr, we are shining a light on sports-related injuries. If…

Foundation Doctors – 7 Top Tips for 7th August

1. Take a moment Relax, be confident and enjoy the start of your medical career. You’ve worked hard at medical school and now it’s time to put that into practice. No one expects you to know everything and there’s plenty of help when you need it. Patients trust you and will share their private moments…

Managing Hypertension – the 2018 ESC Guidelines and beyond

Dr Asif Qasim, Reporting for MedShr The ESC Hypertension Guidelines released at ESC in Munich in September 2018, were jointly developed by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH). The guidelines provide recommendations in diagnosis, evaluating risk, when and how to treat hypertension and risk reduction with both lifestyle…

MedShr Blog: An Approach to Appraising Randomized Controlled Trials

Demystifying Statistics in Medicine: An Approach to Appraising Randomized Controlled Trials

Randomized controlled trials (RCT) allow scientists to test whether an intervention leads to an outcome of interest. The first clinical trial dates back to 1747 and was conducted by James Lind; although not with the rigor of today, Lind selected 12 participants ravaged with scurvy and allocated in pairs to 6 groups1. The first pair…