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Multimorbidity – Inside Health 5/7/16

Lancet 2012 on multimorbidity http:/http://www.thelancet.com/cms/attachment/2009245825/2032056163/gr1.jpg Guidelines and multi morbidity = BMJ Guidelines and drug interactions  Burdens of treatment  the work done by patients when doctors stick to guidelines Polypharmacy aids  for deprescribing Drug Drug interactions 

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Asthma/ scarlet fever/measles Inside Health 15/3/16

ASTHMA Dutch study in question http://bjgp.org/content/66/644/e152 SIGN guidelines on asthma http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/pat141_CHILDREN.pdf In children with mild, intermittent wheeze and other respiratory symptoms which occur only with viral upper respiratory infections (colds), it is often reasonable to give no specific treatment and to plan a review of the child after an interval agreed with the parents/carers The […]

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does talc cause cancer? Inside Health 1/3/16

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26689397 “Multiple studies of ovarian cancer and genital talc use have led only to consensus about possible carcinogenicity. Seeking greater clarity, we examined this association in 2041 cases with epithelial ovarian cancer and 2100 age-and-residence-matched controls. METHODS: We defined genital talc use as regular application to the genital/rectal area directly, on sanitary napkins, tampons, or […]

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Inside Health BBC Radio 4 19/1/16- notes on stroke stats

The ‘ 20% more likely to have a stroke at the weekend’ quote used by various politicians – seems to have come from study in PLOS 2004 – 2012 DATA http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131836#sec014 However ,20% is relative risk – one needs to know the absolute risk to make sense of that. If admitted at weekend death rate […]

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Inside Health 12/1/16

Exercise special. I am addicted to parkrun.  I’ve written about it here in the BMJ and you can find out more here . The SPARKLE studies are here and here. The parkrun community are warm and welcoming and new runners/joggers/walkers are always welcome. Links to research I was talking about today NHS guidelines (which I think are too […]

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Prove it – Science week.

Prove it!-2 This was accompanied by an early edition of Dr Spock, a jar of blackeyed peas to demonstrate absolute and relative risks, and a bag of chocolate. It was great fun. This talk was given to primary 6s. They were especially interested in placebos and nocebos. Will do more on this next time. Spelling […]

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