Archive for January 2010

Spiriva Safe, says the FDA

January 18, 2010

The mainstay of COPD management is bronchodilatation – the local, and national guidelines rely on beta-2 agonists, and anti-cholinergics.  Recent(ish) data from the TORCH study suggested that inhaled corticosteroids increase the risk of fatal and non-fatal pneumonias.  Unopposed long acting beta agonists have been linked with increased cardiovascular death in asthmatics, although not in COPD.  The most recent ‘scare’ has been whether Spiriva increases cardiovascular death in COPD patients.  Today the FDA rule that there is no compelling evidence to that effect.

Life In The Fast Lane

January 16, 2010

I spend quite a lot of time looking around the internet to find interesting resources, medical and non-medical.  There’s a lot of it about, with everyone and his dog having a crack at web 2.0, with varying degrees of success.  So it’s always a pleasure to find a good site, with regular updates, and good medicine.  Life In The Fast Lane is such a site, and well worth visiting.  Their radiology quizzes are particularly good, with clinically relevant cases, and good pictures.

I’ll add the link to the list of sites worth visiting – it’s get’s a 5* recommendation from me.

Smoking + Oxygen Therapy = Singed Beard

January 11, 2010

A small reminder of why we don’t give out long term oxygen to anyone who is still smoking, from Lifeinthefastlane.com

Smoking + Oxygen Therapy ….

Forget Medicine for a Bit, I want one of THESE!

January 10, 2010

It’s been 2010 for only 10 days, and now, suddenly, IT’S THE FUTURE!!

Radiation Doses at Airports – Minimal risk

January 7, 2010

Following on from my recent (-ish) grand round presentation on ionising radiation doses, here’s an article from reuters re-assuring us that the new full person X-Ray scanners in airports offer minimal radiation doses, and minimal risks.  They don’t mention and actual dose of radiation, though….

The Book – Available Now!

January 7, 2010

DundeeChest have been working for about 18 months on writing a book!  We see a hole in the market for a CXR book for junior doctors –  a book to explain what the hell to do with a “funny looking” CXR on the ward at 2 in the morning.  So we’ve written it, and it’s now available, on Amazon.

The book is in full colour!  Which seems a bit daft, I know, but the picture quality is so much better in colour!

Go on, have a look, buy the book, fund my kitchen conversion.