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UKCTOCS: Ovaries, P-values & Questions

Ovarian cancer is a horrible disease.  It is often asymptomatic until late in its course and then causes a lot of suffering.  This is a disease with an extraordinarily high morbidity and currently has a 5-year survival of only 40%.  So wouldn’t it be excellent if we could find this disease early in it’s course, […]

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: What’s your spiel?

Welcome back!  It is ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK here in Australia. The slogan I have been pushing with my trainees is: “Take time to have the chat, Don’t just write the script.” Of course, that “chat” can turn nasty!  We have trained generations of families to expect, crave and depend upon the magical pills to cure […]

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Paediatric pneumonia? Lung Ultrasound.

If you are a regular reader then you will know that I have been spruiking lung ultrasound for a few years now.  In fact I wrote this post [ Ultrasound for pneumonia – sounds crazy? ]  way back in early 2012.  There continues to be a slow trickle of studies looking at US for pneumonia – and […]

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PODCAST: Really Rural Surgery with Dr. Bret Batchelor

Dr Bret Batchelor is a Canadian GP working in rural British Columbia.  He is also a part-time surgeon practicing his “Extended Surgical Skills” in a small town. Over the last year Bret has been podcasting at “Really Rural Surgery“.  The podcast is a heavily evidence-based look at the practice of Surgery & procedural Obstetrics with […]

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Clinical Case 117: Cancer Fishin’

OK – this case is for all the GPs and Internal Medicine types out there.  This is a relatively common scenario…  how do you play it? Here’s the case. Bruce is a 53 y.o. accountant.  He is a little overweight at 89 kg (BMI 31).  He is otherwise relatively well, he cycles to the cafe […]