Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, May 2015

Late as usual, the May Research Summaries have just gone online. To find out more, visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/ .

Subjects covered this month:

A letter to the next secretary of state for health

BMJ 2015;350:h2296

Safety of new oral anticoagulants

BMJ 2015;350:h1679

Syphilitic condylomata lata mimicking anogenital warts

BMJ 2015;350:h1259

Foot drop

BMJ 2015;350:h1736

Advancing equity in healthcare

BMJ 2015;350:h1617

Drug treatments for rheumatoid arthritis: looking backwards to move forwards

BMJ 2015;350:h1192

High INR on warfarin

BMJ 2015;350:h1282

Teenagers with back pain

BMJ 2015;350:h1275

Serotonin and depression

BMJ 2015;350:h1771

Drug treatment for adults with HIV infection

BMJ 2015;350:h1555

Dr Hairy’s Curriculum Casebook – section 7 (final section)

The seventh and final section of Dr Hairy’s Curriculum Casebook has just been made available online. This one deals with:

    • Respiratory Health
    • Care of People with Musculoskeletal Problems
    • Care of people with skin problems

Dr Hairy’s Curriculum Casebook is an attempt to relate the RCGP’s GP Curriculum to the everyday realities of primary care. For more information, go to http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/anonymised-cases/ .


WritersCast is a series of podcasts about writing and the publishing industry – basically a series of recorded interviews with various different writers and publishers, recorded by David Wilk, who has been in publishing himself for several decades, at least since the 1970s. I’ve been following the series for some years, since David did an interview with the British new media writer Andy Campbell, about whose work I have written myself. Anyway, the latest one in the series is particularly interesting and inspiring: it’s an interview with Anne Kingsbury and Karl Garten about their alternative bookstore/literary centre ‘Woodland Pattern’, based in Milkwaukee. They’ve been running this place since 1979, not only stocking a huge selection of what we here in the UK would call small press poetry, but also putting on readings and literary events at the rate of about three a week. I can’t imagine how they manage to make a living out of this enterprise, and the interview doesn’t really make it clear, but the small press culture is more highly-regarded in the USA than it is in the UK, thanks to experimental poets like the Objectivists who published their work via small presses. The interview ends with a long digression about Lorine Niedecker, according to Wikipaedia ‘the only woman associated with the Objectivist poets’, who I must confess I hadn’t come across before. It’s really interesting stuff, and well worth listening to if you’ve got some spare time: http://www.writerscast.com/david-wilk-talks-with-anne-kingsbury-and-karl-gartung-about-woodland-pattern/ .

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, April 2015

These are gradually getting a bit later every month, with the result that April is now appearing well into May. However, the list of articles summaries this time is as follows:

  • Diagnosis and management of asthma in children, BMJ 2015;350:h996
  • Diagnosis and management of depression in children and young people: summary of updated NICE guidance, BMJ 2015;350:h824
  • Adjunctive treatment with quetiapine for major depressive disorder: are the benefits of treatment worth the risks?, BMJ 2015;350:h569
  • Too much medicine: the challenge of finding common ground, BMJ 2015;350:h1163
  • Investigating young adults with chronic diarrhoea in primary care, BMJ 2015;350:h573
  • Guidelines, polypharmacy, and drug-drug interactions in patients with multimorbidity, BMJ 2015;350:h1059
  • Mental health effects of varenicline, BMJ 2015;350:h1168
  • Risks of the unregulated market in human breast milk, BMJ 2015;350:h1485
  • Air pollution, stroke, and anxiety, BMJ 2015;350:h1510
  • Rosuvastatin: winner in the statin wars, patients’ health notwithstanding, BMJ 2015;350:h1388

For more information, go to http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/.

Sindy and the Antibiotics


The first Dr Hairy picture-book – having said which, I haven’t got any others planned just at the moment – is now complete, and I’ve just added it to the catalogue on the Dr Hairy site. It’s the first thing of any substance I’ve done using Inkscape – previously I’ve used Flash for  vector drawings.  You really need a bigger screen than mine, because the layer, stroke and fill dialogues take up quite a lot of space; and it’s also worth knowing, for example, that if you do a drawing with 2px lines in it and then import it into another drawing, all the lines will go back to 1px and need resetting. There are a few little wrinkles like that. But once I got used to it I liked it, and there’s plenty of good help available online – it’s quite similar to the Gimp in those respects.

Dr Hairy’s Casebook – Section 6 now online!

Part 6 of Dr Hairy’s Casebook is now online, with fictionalised cases on the following subjects:

  • Care of people with eye problems
  • Care of people with metabolic problems
  • Care of people with neurological problems

Dr Hairy’s Casebook is an attempt to bring the RCGP’s GP Curriculum to life, by illustrating each chapter with one or more fictional but true-to-life case. To find out more, click here .

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, March 2015

A bit late, but they’ve actually been online for about a week. Subjects covered this time:

Antidepressants and risk of suicide

BMJ 2015;350:h783

Assessment and management of alcohol use disorders

BMJ 2015;350:h715

How can I help you hear?” The transforming power of six little words

BMJ 2015;350:h184

Avoiding premature death in epilepsy

BMJ 2015;350:h718

Initiation and follow-up of treatment for high blood pressure

BMJ 2015;350:h167

Management and prevention of exacerbations of COPD

BMJ 2014;349:g5237

Pain at the base of the thumb

BMJ 2015;350:h182

Suicide in doctors while under fitness to practise investigation

BMJ 2015;350:h813

Doctors and divorce

BMJ 2015;350:h791

Irritable bowel syndrome in adults in primary care: summary of updated NICE guidance

BMJ 2015;350:h701

For more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/ .

Yvonne Volkart, ‘Big Data’ – Dr Hairy gets famous in Austria!

A journalist called Yvonne Volkart contacted me last year to ask if she could use some references to the ‘Dr Hairy in: Big.Data’ videos in an article she was preparing for the Austrian magazine springerin.

Springerin is ‘a quarterly magazine dedicated to the theory and critique of contemporary art and culture… Artists, gallerists, collectors, art pedagogues are served by springerin as well as readers from the field of the humanities and those generally interested in new media and popular culture.’

volkart_springerin_bigdataShe’s just sent me a copy of the article, which appeared in the last edition of the magazine last year – she says she didn’t let me know earlier because she hoped it might  be made available online, but it hasn’t been. You can download a copy in .png format from http://edwardpicot.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/volkart_springerin_bigdata.png .

Unfortunately it’s all in German, so it’s a struggle for me to translate, but I’ve managed to pick out the following – ‘wie die kartoffel mit dem schragen tomatenmund oder schlaue Grabber mit dem puppen- babyface und dem aufgeklebten backenbart’, which Babelfish renders as ‘like the potato with tomato mouth or clever Grabber with the puppet-babyface and the whiskers glued-on’. Brilliant!

An Austrian TV series is surely bound to follow.