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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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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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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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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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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.  […]