Archives for August 2014

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Relative Absolute Risk – the discussion

This is a follow up discussion on the recent post on risk – its two flavours being “relative” and “absolute”. This is a quick look at the basics of describing risk and how it can lead one astray! Lets start by looking at how “relative risk” can be used to sell stuff – newspapers, health […]

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The Yellow Stone Ultrasound Course

Are you going to SMACC – flying all that way for 4 days – well why not kill 3 birds with 1 Stone! (1) Attend SMACC (2) get some awesome pre-SMACC ultrasound and airway training (3) help save one of FOAMed’s great teachers from a dark, yellow side Here is how: Register for the Yellow […]

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Clinical Case 106: The mysterious Pink Lady

Time for another quick clinical case Your next patient is Joan – a semi-regular attender to your family practice. Joan is a 67 yo woman who is usually reasonably well.  She works as a book keeper in a small business. She has been troubled by some gastro-oesophaeal reflux symptoms over the last few years and […]

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Relative Absolute Risk

Gday!  This post is inspired by a few things: A. Dr Andre Bonney (@keeweedoc) who tweeted earlier this week –  B. This article that came out in the Lancet August 16th 2014 on Blood pressure-lowering treatment based on cardiovascular risk: a meta-analysis of individual patient data The bottom line is: “Lowering blood pressure provides similar relative […]

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Risk and Uncertainty – part 1

Gday. It has been a quite month on the blog as I have started paternity leave and have been redressing the work-life balance scales – very much in the family direction. Not doing any clinical work has given me time to pause and ponder a few of the more abstract ideas that we often brush […]