Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, May 2019

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries + Quiz for May 2019 are now online. To access them, or find out more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, go to http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/

Subjects covered this time:

How to prescribe loop diuretics in oedema

BMJ 2019;364:l359

Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure during weight loss maintenance: randomized trial

BMJ 2018;363:k4583

Lifestyle changes may be more important than drugs for mild hypertension

BMJ 2019;364:l571

Understanding compassion in family medicine: a qualitative study

Br J Gen Pract 2019; 69 (680): e208-e216. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp19X701285

GPs should lead process of defining diseases to cut overdiagnosis, panel recommends

BMJ 2019;365:l1660

Can treating vitamin D deficiency reduce exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

BMJ 2019;364:l1025

A borderline HbA1c result

BMJ 2019;365:l1361

When you live with a degenerative illness, no symptoms are mild

BMJ 2018;361:k1670

Restoring biomedical literature with RIAT

BMJ 2018;361:k1742

Leadership on climate change is leadership on health

https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/04/30/laurie-laybourn-langton-leadership-on-climate-change-is-leadership-on-health/

The Doubter’s Mysteries, Part 9 – The Nativity of Jesus

‘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 ninth is now online: ‘The Nativity of Jesus’.

http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries/09nativity.html (or for the full series so far, visit http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries)

Vegetarian “Pork” Pie

Featuring my work colleague Mollie Macgregor-Kinnis. Not really a pork pie, but a raised vegetarian pie that looks a bit like one and has a similar meaty texture when you cut into it. Ingredients for the hot-water pastry: flour, butter, salt, caster sugar, nutmeg, hot water. Ingredients for the filling: onions, black beans (or kidney beans), red lentils, breadcrumbs, cheddar cheese, parsley, salt, cumin, paprika, black pepper, egg. Plus one beaten egg to brush the pastry with.

The Doubter’s Mysteries, Part 8 – David and Bathsheba

‘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 eighth is now online: ‘David and Bathsheba’.

http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries/08davidandbathsheba.html (or for the full series so far, visit http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries)

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, March 2019

The Research Summaries + Quiz for March 2019 are now online. To find out more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/

Subjects covered this time:

Cannabis based drugs: GPs will have to manage patients’ expectations, says expert
BMJ 2018;363:k4354
Long term adjuvant endocrine therapy and risk of cardiovascular disease in female breast cancer survivors: systematic review
BMJ 2018;363:k3845
Serial circulating omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and healthy ageing among older adults in the Cardiovascular Health Study: prospective cohort study
BMJ 2018;363:k4067
Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and healthy ageing
BMJ 2018;363:k4263
Pre-eclampsia and risk of dementia later in life: nationwide cohort study
BMJ 2018;363:k4109
Psychiatrists cancel cannabis debate after no one would argue for criminalising users
BMJ 2019;364:l417
Artificial Intelligence
Extracted from ‘Seven Days in Medicine’, BMJ 2019;364:l426
Farewell London, hallo Amsterdam: EMA lowers flag on 24 years in UK
BMJ 2019;364:l442
The pill and women’s sexuality
BMJ 2019;364:l335
Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
BMJ 2019;364:l42
Breakfast—the most important meal of the day?
https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2019/01/30/tim-spector-breakfast-the-most-important-meal-of-the-day/