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Relative Absolute Risk – the discussion

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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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Clinical Case 106: The mysterious Pink Lady

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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

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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

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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 […]

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Migraine Prophylaxis: preventing you a headache

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Migraine headaches are common.  They can be really disabling for patients and if they occur with any frequency they can make life miserable.  Fortunately there are many options out there for the longer term management and prophylaxis of migraine and other primary headaches. The only problem for us is that there are so many, seemingly […]