‘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)’.
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
Risk of stroke and transient ischaemic attack in patients with a diagnosis of resolved atrial fibrillation: retrospective cohort studies
Risk of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in patients with a documented penicillin allergy: population based matched cohort study
Comparison of prostatic artery embolisation (PAE) versus transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for benign prostatic hyperplasia: randomised, open label, non-inferiority trial
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
Effect of tai chi versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial
Dyslipidaemia and cardiovascular risk
Education and myopia: assessing the direction of causality by mendelian randomisation
Learning to live with hearing voices
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
Two more images from a picture-book I’ve been working on called ‘Pilchards’. A tin of pilchards:
And a plate of pilchards on toast:
Two more images from a picture-book I’ve been working on, called Pilchards.
Kevin the Carrot’s mum:
Two naughty spuds:
From a picture-book I’ve been working on, called ‘Pilchards’
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:
Clinical course of untreated cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 under active surveillance: systematic review and meta-analysis
Treatment or surveillance for CIN2?
Why a change of diagnosis shouldn’t matter . . . but it does
Lyme disease: summary of NICE guidance
Effectiveness of antidepressants
Alcohol intake in relation to non-fatal and fatal coronary heart disease and stroke: EPIC-CVD case-cohort study
Long term survival, health, social functioning, and education in patients with European Lyme neuroborreliosis: nationwide population based cohort study
Revisiting the association of blood pressure with mortality in oldest old people in China: community based, longitudinal prospective study
Cannabis, cannabis everywhere: UK to review medical cannabis policy as Canada plans imminent legalisation for all uses
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
Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort
Ultra-processed foods and cancer
End non-essential use of antimicrobials in livestock
Bringing Vioxx back to market
Conflicting asthma guidelines cause confusion in primary care
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
Mortality from different causes associated with meat, heme iron, nitrates, and nitrites in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study: population based cohort study
Eosinophilic esophagitis: update on management and controversies
The entire 2017-18 series of Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, in book form. 130 summaries, plus 13 true-or-false quizzes, in plain English. We’ve even put in some jokes to keep things interesting! If you want a lively and easy-to-digest way of keeping up with what’s going on in medical research, this is it!
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Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries & quiz for March 2018 are now online. Subjects covered this time:
Can we usefully stratify patients according to suicide risk?
Low vitamin D levels as a risk factor for cancer
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The responses to the “cancer drugs scandal” must fully involve patients—an essay by Tessa Richards
How Europe copes with flu
Sixty seconds on . . . loneliness
“Where there is life, there is hope”
Trimethoprim use for urinary tract infection and risk of adverse outcomes in older patients: cohort study
Large study is “robust” evidence of link between chronic heavy drinking and dementia
Are expanding disease definitions unnecessarily labelling women with polycystic ovary syndrome?
Sex robots: the irreplaceable value of humanity
This is the last set of Research Summaries in the present series: we’ll now take a couple of months off to put this series in book form and prepare ourselves for the next one, which will probably commence in June or July.
With The Calamitous Tale of Mr Punch as a bonus disc. Here’s a short trailer: