The Film Bunch

I went to The Film Bunch show in Bethnal Green in London on Thursday night, because they were showing ‘Dr Hairy in: Mince Pies’. It was well worth the effort: really nice people, and some really interesting short films, most of them far more professional-looking than my own. The theme of the evening was ‘DIY films’, so I was hoping they’d all be a bit crappy like mine, but no such luck.

The Film Bunch as an organisation seeks to promote access to film and film-making for people who are hard of hearing. Shaz, the founder and main organiser, is hard of hearing herself (although you wouldn’t know it to talk to her); all the films they show are subtitled; and for the Q&A sessions at the end of each half of the show, they had somebody doing signing, and somebody else typing the conversation so that it could be shown in text on a back-screen.

Amongst other people I got chatting to a guy called Oscar Kraft (in fact I started by chatting to his father, a Rabbi called Niel, mainly because he was the oldest-looking bloke in the room apart from myself). Oscar had a film in the show about Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD), a condition he has himself. He has now sent me the link for a video of the Q&A session the two of us took part in, at the end of the first half of the show. Oscar is sitting to my left, and comes across as completely self-possessed and self-confident. The girl to my right is Jennifer Juan, who had a rather nice poem-video in the show called ‘Love is Love’.  Here’s the video:

DIY Short Films – Dr Hairy in: Mince Pies

I’m delighted to say that ‘Dr Hairy in: Mince Pies’ has been selected to be shown on Thursday 20th September 2018 at a DIY Short Films event at St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL.  The event runs from 6.30 – 9.30, it’s three quid to get in, and you can find more information about it at https://thefilmbunch.com/events/2018/09/20/diy-films

If you want to see the video itself, you can find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzVp9PStEiI

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, September 2018

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries + Quiz for September 2018 are now online. For further information about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries please visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/

Subjects covered this time:

New uses for old drugs

BMJ 2018;361:k2701

Childhood adversity and risk of suicide: cohort study of 548 721 adolescents and young adults in Sweden

BMJ 2017;357:j1334

Depersonalisation and derealisation: assessment and management

BMJ 2017;356:j745

Prescribing for ADHD in primary care

Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (669): 170-171. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp18X695357

Artificial pancreas treatment for outpatients with type 1 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2018;361:k1310

Posterior circulation ischaemic stroke

BMJ 2018;361:k1185

Tests for diagnosing and monitoring non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in adults

BMJ 2018;362:k2734

Hormone disrupting chemicals: slow progress to regulation

BMJ 2018;361:k1876

Sulfonylureas as second line drugs in type 2 diabetes and the risk of cardiovascular and hypoglycaemic events: population based cohort study

BMJ 2018;362:k2693

The Doubter’s Mysteries: The Creation (and the Fall of Satan)

‘The Doubter’s Mysteries’ are an attempt to write a short cycle of Mystery Plays – ie. plays based on Bible stories, like the Medieval Mystery Plays of York, Chester and Wakefield – from the point of view of a sceptical modern audience; an audience which either doesn’t believe in God, or can’t work out what he’s playing at.

There are fourteen of these plays, and the first is now online: ‘The Creation (and the Fall of Lucifer)’.

http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, 2018-08

The new Research Summaries and Quiz for August 2018 are now online. For further information about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries please visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/

Subjects covered this time:

Better healthcare must mean better for patients and carers
BMJ 2018;361:k1877
Risk of stroke and transient ischaemic attack in patients with a diagnosis of resolved atrial fibrillation: retrospective cohort studies
BMJ 2018;361:k1717
Risk of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in patients with a documented penicillin allergy: population based matched cohort study
BMJ 2018;361:k2400
Comparison of prostatic artery embolisation (PAE) versus transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for benign prostatic hyperplasia: randomised, open label, non-inferiority trial
BMJ 2018;361:k2338
Prospective external validation of the Predicting Out-of-OFfice Blood Pressure (PROOF-BP) strategy for triaging ambulatory monitoring in the diagnosis and management of hypertension: observational cohort study
BMJ 2018;361:k2478
Effect of tai chi versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial
BMJ 2018;360:k851
Dyslipidaemia and cardiovascular risk
BMJ 2018;360:k835
Chronic pancreatitis
BMJ 2018;361:k2126
Education and myopia: assessing the direction of causality by mendelian randomisation
BMJ 2018;361:k2022
Learning to live with hearing voices
BMJ 2018;361:k2018
Leptospirosis: the possible risk to those participating in water-based sports and activities
Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (673): 394-395. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp18X698285

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, July 2018

The latest Research Summaries, with accompanying quiz, are now online. To find out more about them go to http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/

Subjects covered this time:

Abdominal migraine

BMJ 2018;360:k179

Clinical course of untreated cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 under active surveillance: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2018;360:k499

Treatment or surveillance for CIN2?

BMJ 2018;360:k771

Why a change of diagnosis shouldn’t matter . . . but it does

BMJ 2018;361:k1472

Lyme disease: summary of NICE guidance

BMJ 2018;361:k1261

Effectiveness of antidepressants

BMJ 2018;360:k1073

Alcohol intake in relation to non-fatal and fatal coronary heart disease and stroke: EPIC-CVD case-cohort study

BMJ 2018;361:k934

Long term survival, health, social functioning, and education in patients with European Lyme neuroborreliosis: nationwide population based cohort study

BMJ 2018;361:k1998

Revisiting the association of blood pressure with mortality in oldest old people in China: community based, longitudinal prospective study

BMJ 2018;361:k2158

Cannabis, cannabis everywhere: UK to review medical cannabis policy as Canada plans imminent legalisation for all uses

BMJ 2018;361:k2695

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, June 2018

The first instalment of a new series of Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries is now online at http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/ . Subjects covered this time:

Managing migraine in pregnancy

BMJ 2018;360:k80

Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort

BMJ 2018;360:k322

Ultra-processed foods and cancer

BMJ 2018;360:k599

End non-essential use of antimicrobials in livestock

BMJ 2018;360:k259

Bringing Vioxx back to market

BMJ 2018;360:k242

Conflicting asthma guidelines cause confusion in primary care

BMJ 2018;360:k29

Secondary prevention following myocardial infarction: a clinical update

Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (668): 151-152. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp18X695261

Sexual orientation disclosure in health care: a systematic review

Br J Gen Pract 29 January 2018; bjgp18X694841. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp18X694841

Cancer risk associated with chronic diseases and disease markers: prospective cohort study

BMJ 2018;360:k134

Mortality from different causes associated with meat, heme iron, nitrates, and nitrites in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study: population based cohort study

BMJ 2017;357:j1957

Eosinophilic esophagitis: update on management and controversies

BMJ 2017;359:j4482