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Bad blood?

As regular as clockwork, at this time of year, articles appear about the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and their desperate need for blood donations across the holiday period.  If you're eligible, please consider giving.   If you move in the circles I do, then shortly after this comes the 
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Superbugs - No more!

(RBWH Head of Antimicrobial Stewardship and A/Director, Statewide Stewardship Network Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, photo from this tweet by Queensland Health Media team)     I flew to Brisbane yesterday (and back, very happy the kids got me up at 6 this morning) for the launch of Antibiotic Awareness 
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We are all terrible

You've probably heard that the word "doctor" comes from the Latin docere - "to teach".  The original Hippocratic Oath talked about teaching the art: I will reverence my master who taught me the art. Equally with my parents, will I allow him things necessary for his support, and will consider his 
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Lessons from the Poor Cousin

Me, testing out very fashionable Ebola PPE I reckon every specialty has its unfashionable discipline.  I'm not trying to down-play the significance of these conditions to people with them, or to the infrequent specialist who likes these less popular areas.  But functional bowel disorders for the gastros, myalgic 
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These elephants aren't causal, either

It's been a while since I've fired up the blog, and longer since I did a journal club, but this article from BMJ has gotten right up my nose - partially because of the article, and partially because it's been doing the rounds in the news media (and as an 
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On Impossibility:

An Open Letter - from the anonymous SMO to the Premier  of Queensland and the Minister for Health   These words are not mine - but the opinions in them are common to many of us.   Date: 7 March 2014 10:48:17 PM AEST To: thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au Cc: Health@ministerial.qld.gov.au   Subject: Nothing 
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HIV, Stigma and teh Jernlisms (again)

This Sunday is World AIDS Day.  The theme for our local campaign is "Zero". Zero new infections. Zero AIDS-related deaths. Zero discrimination. The Queensland Government HIV strategy aligns nicely with these messages. The four priority areas are: Implement a comprehensive prevention campaign. Promote increased uptake of testing. Ensure 90% 
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My Week on RealScientists

ICYMI, I was tweeting for RealScientists last week. Welcome blog post is here: http://realscientists.wordpress.com/img/17/superbugs-stewardship-and-sci-fi-welcome-dr-trent-yarwood-to-realscientists/ Farewell post is here: http://realscientists.wordpress.com/img/24/mutate-or-die-farewell-and-thanks-dr-trent-yarwood/ And the storified tweets of the week are here (part 1) and here (part 2).   RS is a great idea - if you're a scientist (or clinician) I think it's 
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Law of Unintended Consequences

You've probably all heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences.  It even has a page on Wikipedia. In short, it says that things that you do may have results that you did not intend.  Of course these can be unexpected windfalls as well as other, more unfortunate side-effects.  There is 
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