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Old Doc, New Drug: Ticagrelor

We all love to interfere with the clotting cascade in modern medicine, and this is a new way to do so!  Yet another unpronounceable new drug.  Ti-CAG-re-lor  is the latest in the family of drugs [cyclopentyltriazolopyrimidines.. forget that word immediately ] that stop clots and start bleeding.  I like to call it “tiger claw” and everyone around […]

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Old Doc, New Drug: Umeclidinium

When I first saw the name of this medication… I honestly thought that some smart physicist had discovered a new element way down the bottom of the period table.  Naturally, being a total chemistry nerd, I was excited… until I realised that it was in fact just another boring drug to treat the most mundane […]

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Clinical Case 145: Stump the Chumps Perth

I have a special treat for you today!  One of the best things about FOAMed is the collaborations with great clinicians and teachers.  I was lucky enough to be able to get together with a few excellent minds to present this clinical case at the recent Australian Medical Students Society Conference, in Perth. WA. If […]

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Old Doc, New Drugs: Levetiracetam

This is a new series of written posts I am doing for the blog.  Basic concept:  I last studied pharmacology 20 years ago. In that time a heap of new drugs have appeared in the pharmacy… and I have been using a lot of them in my practice with little or no understanding of their […]

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First10EM Journal Club: March 2018

Welcome back – another episode of the sporadic journal club this month.  In this month’s episode, Justin and I cover chest pain, LPs, nebulised furosemide, the Lazarus phenomenon and of course, the sport of Quidditch.  Spoiler alert: Quidditch players suffer wrist sprains and insightless injuries to their own pride… You can check out the written […]