Edward Picot attempts to eat a packet of crisps for Sport Relief.
A new bundle of Research Summaries, with accompanying quiz, has just gone online at http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/. Subjects covered this time:
Why is the GMC investigating a complaint about me?
BMJ Careers 6/2/16, p183
Questions your patients may have about Zika virus
Sixty seconds on . . . mindfulness
Does mindfulness work?
NICE guidelines on the menopause
WHO analgesic ladder: a good concept gone astray
Metformin as firstline treatment for type 2 diabetes: are we sure?
Management of chronic refractory cough
Are topical antibiotics an alternative to oral antibiotics for children with acute otitis media and ear discharge?
Atrial fibrillation as risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death in women compared with men
Vitamin D causes falls?
BMJ 23/1/16 p101, borrowed from JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(2):. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7148
Does GA harm little baby brains?
BMJ, Richard Lehman’s journal review—18 January 2016
For more information about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, please visit http://drhairy.org .
The Cranbrook Video Festival, which I’m organising, takes place at the Sixth Form Centre of the High Weald Academy (my daughter’s school) on Friday 19th February at 12.30 – 3.30 p.m.
It’s going to be brilliant! I’ve ended up with a really interesting and varied programme – lots of different subjects and styles, from lots of different people in lots of different places. I’ll be showing my own video, The Calamitous Tale of Mr Punch, in it’s entirety at the end of the programme. Admission is £2.
The Kent Messenger rang me up about the Video Festival the other day, and sent a photographer to take some pictures yesterday. I thought the pictures were going to be of me standing in front of the school where the festival is going to be held, or something like that, but instead he took pictures of me holding Mr Punch and the Devil, from The Clamitous Tale of Mr Punch, up in my study, with all the Dr Hairy puppets sitting on my bookshelves in the background. The resulting news-item is supposed to appear in next Friday’s edition of the paper, assuming they’ve got room.
A bit late as usual, the Research Summaries and Quiz for January 2016 are now online. Subjects covered this time:
Should GPs be paid to reduce unnecessary referrals?
Reducing the risk of diabetes
Improving survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Contraceptive and hormonal treatment options for women with history of venous thromboembolism
What is chemsex and why does it matter?
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Lyme disease: time for a new approach?
For more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, please visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/ .
They were ready by the end of December, honest – I just haven’t got round to posting anything about them until the beginning of January. It’s a busy time of the year, all right?
Subjects covered this time:
Diagnosing symptomatic cancer in the NHS
Fibroids: diagnosis and management
The three crises facing the NHS in England
Acute coronary syndromes
Acute rheumatic fever
The scientific report guiding the US dietary guidelines: is it scientific?
Diagnosis and management of menopause: summary of NICE guidance
Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries are a fun and entertaining way for GPs to keep up to date with medical research and earn learning credits towards appraisals and revalidation. To find out more, go to http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/ .
Furtherfield have just published my interview with Ingrid Torvund: http://furtherfield.org/features/interviews/blood-and-magic-interview-ingrid-torvund
Ingrid, who lives and works in Norway, is the director/creator of Magic Blood Machine and When I Go Out I Bleed Magic, which I came across on Vimeo. The interview was conducted via email over the course of several weeks, and it contains some interesting insights into her working practices and sources of inspiration.
Magic Blood Machine will be showing as part of the Cranbrook Video Festival, which I am organising on Friday 19th February 2016 at my daughter’s school in Cranbrook, Kent. More news about that later.
This video was commissioned by Animate Projects as part of their Parts and Labour, er, project. You can see it on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/147162025 . It’s absolutely brilliant – surreal (in the proper sense of the word) and spooky, atmospheric, full of bits of old prints collaged together in the style of Max Ernst.
I’ve never come across Noriko Okaku before, but her website, at http://www.norikookaku.com/ , is well worth checking out.