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Hope: from Home Birth to Hospice

Home birthing and hospice care.  Birth and death, aside from taxes, the only certainties in life!  These may not seem to be related topics, but they are.  Stay with me and I shall explain. Let us start with home birth.  There has been a bit of banter in Broome and online about the modern controversy […]

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Clinical Case 129: A SMACC in the Head (ache)

HI ALL I need a little help with writing my talk for SMACC in Dublin this June – it is all about diagnosis in the ED. So I want to present a simple case to you here…  and I want you to answer it honestly, without referring to any papers – I am after your […]

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Suicide: Sailing on Uncertain Seas

Hi All Last week I was lucky enough to be able to present this talk to the SWEETS Emergency Medicine Conference in Stockholm. Thanks to Dr. Katrin Hruska for the invitation. This is a video of my lecture and slides as presented by myself and local Broome Psych resident Dr Nick Gilbert. The first 15 […]

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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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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 […]