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On Sick Kids, Sore Throats, Swabs and Such

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Dear Fellow Doctors, I would like to take a moment of your time to discuss a point of medical practice which seems to remain controversial despite it being really common and a well-researched problem.  I would like to tell you about the modern management of the humble throat infection.  Yes, it is a really common, dare […]

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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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Paeds Fever Hangout: temps, teething and tots

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Gday, really excited to be able to bring you this latest podcast. A few weeks ago my local Paediatric partner-in-crime; Dr Mel Thompson and I got chatting about fever, teething and other potential errors, biases and pitfalls of Paediatrics. This spilled over onto the Twitter feed – resulting in a brief discussion of Paeds fever.  […]

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Clinical Case 099: To Lose One’s Marbles

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A quick clinical case this week – it is a classical problem with kids – the airway foreign body.  I know there are a few ways to skin the proverbial cat – so I want to hear your approach. The setting is a small ED, no specialists – just the trusty old GP generalist plugging […]

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Clinical Case 097: Paediatric Short case

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Ok a quick case from the Paedtric portfolio. Kathleen is a 13 yo young lady – she presents to the ED with her Mum.  She is a petite girl wearing a fluorescent leotard and supporting a sore wrist.  The triage note states: “Gymnastics injury ? # distal radius” She sure is tender over the dorsal […]