Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, June 2017

The research summaries and quiz for June 2017 are now online. Subjects covered this time:

Efficacy and effectiveness of screen and treat policies in prevention of type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of screening tests and interventions

BMJ 2017;356:i6538

Screen and intervene to prevent diabetes?

BMJ 2017;356:i6800

Solanezumab and the amyloid hypothesis for Alzheimer’s disease

BMJ 2016;355:i6771

Challenges of managing chronic pain

BMJ 2017;356:j741

Prevention of falls in older people living in the community

BMJ 2016;353:i1419

An approach to hypopigmentation

BMJ 2017;356:i6534

New diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome

BMJ 2017;356:i6456

Risk of heart failure after community acquired pneumonia: prospective controlled study with 10 years of follow-up

BMJ 2017;356:j413

Effectiveness and safety of reduced dose non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation: propensity weighted nationwide cohort study

BMJ 2017;356:j510

Is tonsillectomy recommended in adults with recurrent tonsillitis?

BMJ 2017;357:j1450

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Dr Hairy and the QCQ, part 4

The fourth in a new series of puppet-animations about the life and misadventures of an ordinary (but rather hirsute) GP.

Dr Hairy is nervously awaiting a surgery inspection from the QCQ. Grabber decides to help him out – and then, just as the inspection is about to take place, his mother rings – with hilarious results!

YouTube – https://youtu.be/vMxmpgXVeAE
Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/218506525

Bad Shibe – a sci-fi novella by Rob Myers

Bad Shibe is published by the London-based net-art and networked art organisation Furtherfield, who have a gallery in Finsbury Park and an international membership/following. It’s part of their ongoing project New World Order, which is all about the Blockchain and its implications, but you don’t have to know anything about the Blockchain, or understand anything about its implications, to read Bad Shibe (which is probably just as well, because the Blockchain and its implications are pretty difficult to get your head round). It’s about a dystopian near-future where society is completely dominated by social media and a kudos-earning system called ‘tipping’, and it’s written in a special dialect full of mobile phone-style acronyms and abbreviations. If you know that a Shibe is a particular type of dog, and that a few years ago the Web was inundated with memes or photographs of this particular type of dog (or doge) with funny captions written in the same kind of slang as this story, then it all starts to make a bit more sense – but you don’t have to know about any of that to enjoy it. You can read it as a mixture of A Clockwork Orange and David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs (in which humans have turned half-dog in the near future). The illustrations are by Lina Theodoru. You can download it for free at http://www.furtherfield.org/projects/bad-shibe-sci-fi-novella-rob-myers.

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, May 2017

The research summaries and quiz for May 2017 are now online. Subjects covered this time:

How medicine has exploited rationality at the expense of humanity: an essay by Iona Heath
BMJ 2016;355:i5705

Medical and psychosocial factors associated with antibiotic prescribing in primary care: survey questionnaire and factor analysis
Br J Gen Pract 16 January 2017; bjgpmar-2017-67-656-tau-hong_lee-fl-p. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X688885

Antibiotic prescribing during office hours and out-of-hours: a comparison of quality and quantity in primary care in the Netherlands
Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (656): e178-e186. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X689641

Can compassion help cure health-related disorders?
Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (657): 177-178. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X690329

The chronotherapy of hypertension: or the benefit of taking blood pressure tablets at bedtime
Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (657): 171. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X690269

Overdiagnosis of COPD: precise definitions and proposals for improvement
Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (657): 183-184. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X690389

Primary care management of overactive bladder symptoms: evaluation and treatment
Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (657): 187-188. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X690413

Opioid analgesic dependence: where do we go from here?
Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (657): 154-155. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X690065

Off-label indications for antidepressants in primary care: descriptive study of prescriptions from an indication based electronic prescribing system
BMJ 2017;356:j603

Off-label prescribing of antidepressants
BMJ 2017;356:j849

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Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, April 2017

The research summaries and quiz for April 2017 are now online. Subjects covered this time:

Do training and CPD foster truly reflective GPs?

Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (655): 83. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X689305

Eosinophilic oesophagitis: an insidious but treatable cause of sore throat

Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (655): 91-92. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X689341

Funding for general practice in the next decade: life after QOF

Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (654): 4-5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X688477

New concepts in iron deficiency anaemia

Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (654): 10-11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X688465

GPs’ opinions of health assessment instruments for people with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study

Br J Gen Pract 2017; 67 (654): e41-e48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp16X688585

Healing doctors through groups: creating time to reflect together

Br J Gen Pract 2016; 66 (651): e776-e778. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp16X687469

Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin: primary care diagnostic technology update

Br J Gen Pract 2016; 66 (651): 542-543. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp16X687505

FTO genotype and weight loss: systematic review and meta-analysis of 9563 individual participant data from eight randomised controlled trials

BMJ 2016;354:i4707

Obesity treatment—are personalised approaches missing the point? (The causes of the obesity epidemic may have little to do with gene profiles)

BMJ 2016;354:i4980

Risk of erectile dysfunction associated with use of 5-α reductase inhibitors for benign prostatic hyperplasia or alopecia: population based studies using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink

BMJ 2016;354:i4823

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Dr Hairy and the QCQ, Part 3

The third in a new series of puppet-animations about the life and misadventures of an ordinary (but rather hirsute) GP.

Mrs Hattersley wants to reorganise Dr Hairy’s surgery to make it more Feng Shui. When he refuses to allow her, she decides to report him to the QCQ. In the meantime, Grabber is anxious to try out his new app, LifeTunes – with hilarious consequences!

YouTube – https://youtu.be/igTNByhWDTU
Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/211002674

The Reprover (Le Reprobateur), by Francois Coulon

The Reprover originally appeared in 2008, and I wrote a review of it for The Hyperliterature Exchange (http://hyperex.co.uk/reviewreprobateur.php). It has now been rebuilt and made available free online for the first time – you can access it at https://leréprobateur.fr/en/ .

It’s well worth exploring. A non-linear story spanning several decades and told from several points of view, it’s a very unique, funny and ingeniously-constructed piece of new media magic realism, told in a mixture of text, video and illustration which quickly becomes completely absorbing and natural-seeming after you’ve clicked through a few sections.

Also available online is a more recent work by Francois Coulon, Prise Multiple (https://prisemultiple.fr/), another witty, clever and beautifully-executed work, this time a series of videos, in which the same couples can be seen talking about their relationships in four different styles, depending on which button you click – net-video, reality-TV, fluffy romantic or pseudo-intellectual (the last is my favourite).

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, March 2017

The Research Summaries + quiz for March are now online. Subjects covered this month:

Rethinking brief interventions for alcohol in general practice

BMJ 2017;356:j116

Association between continuity of care in general practice and hospital admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: cross sectional study of routinely collected, person level data

BMJ 2017;356:j84

Continuity of primary care matters and should be protected

BMJ 2017;356:j373

How to prevent the microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes beyond glucose control

BMJ 2017;356:i6505

Political crisis in the NHS

BMJ 2017;356:j218

Renin angiotensin system inhibitors for patients with stable coronary artery disease without heart failure: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials

BMJ 2017;356:j4

External validation and comparison of three prediction tools for risk of osteoporotic fractures using data from population based electronic health records: retrospective cohort study

BMJ 2017;356:i6755

Low back pain and sciatica: summary of NICE guidance

BMJ 2017;356:i6748

PCSK9 inhibitors for hypercholesterolaemia

BMJ 2017;356:j188

Novel psychoactive substances: identifying and managing acute and chronic harmful use

BMJ 2017;356:i6814

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The 2nd Cranbrook Video Festival (“Wellbeing”)

The 2nd Cranbrook Video Festival, on the theme of Wellbeing, took place yesterday at the Crane Surgery in Cranbrook, Kent, and it was a great success. Many thanks to all those who submitted and let me use their work, and a special thanks to Carolina Khouri for turning up to the event – she got a spontaneous round of applause for her video “Ball on a Beach”. Below is a link to the final programme for the event, which was chock-full of good things, and images from all of the videos.


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