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Paracetamol PR for Febrile Seizures?

Today I am reviewing a paper from the Paediatric literature that has created a small stir.  Ever since I trained we have managed simple, febrile seizures with no active intervention other than symptom relief and watchfulness.  The Paediatric party-line, based on some data, is that using anti-pyretic medications will not change the prognosis or rate of […]

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First10EM Journal Club: October 2018

Welcome back.  It has been a long time between drinks as I have been away on long-service leave and enjoying life outside of Medicine. If you want to see a bit of my “work” that involves cameras and animals then please check out my other site: CaseyParker.org  for a taste of the artistic side.  I […]

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ConSEPT Trial: Phenytoin vs. Levetiracetam in Status Epilepsy

Hi All, Just got home from the excellent, engaging and enjoyable experience that was Don’t Forget the Bubbles 2018. It was really a fun event and the vibe was very relaxed.  There was a lot of “soft stuff” with patients, families and advocates talking to the clinicians.  However, there was also a good measure of […]

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SMACC SYDNEY… the Ultimate SMACC DownUnder

It is one of those happy-sad, bittersweet moments. The last SMACC is being planned for the 25th – 29th March, 2019.  The ticket ballot opens tomorrow – 20th August. This is promised to be the best SMACC ever, which is a big statement – kinda like saying: “longer then War and Peace” or “Funnier than […]

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Old Doc New Drug: Tapentadol

The second instalment of the series of newfangled pharmacological favourites for your edification. This post is all about tapentadol… and its friends.  If you are like me you probably started noticing a trickle, then a flood of patients being discharged from big city hospitals on this new drug.  Now I am a simple rural doctor.  […]