Episode 270: Antivirals for the flu – something to sneeze about

In episode 270, the Mikes and Tina and James stay viral, and discuss the best available evidence around the use of antiviral medications for treatment of the flu. At the end, we all agree there is an effect and that the person who should make the decision should be the patient once they have had the benefits and harms appropriately explained. Read more »

Episode 269: The ins and outs of the HPV vaccine

In episode 269, the Mikes and James go viral on the HPV vaccine. We discuss what the evidence shows around the use of the HPV vaccine in females and males and in contrast to many people, we actually present the numbers so that you can help people, or help yourself make decisions.

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1) Tools for Practice Read more »

Episode 268: An agitating podcast on benzo’s for agitation in dementia

In episode 268, Mike and James discuss the use of benzodiazepines in the management of agitation in demented elders. We discuss the evidence and realise that the evidence is at best iffy. Nonetheless, they seem to be as effective as antipsychotics but both classes of drugs have side effects and should be used in low doses and stopped as soon as possible.  Read more »

Episode 267: PREMIUM – Guidelines, blood pressure and antiplatelets

In episode 267, James and Mike finally get to the first PREMIUM podcast of 2015 – and boy is it something. We discuss a new paper put out by the Edmonton gang on who actually contributes to primary care guidelines, we talk about a new systematic review of mild hypertension treatment, and finally discuss a NEJM article on the duration of dual antiplatelets. Read more »

Episode 266: Questions, questions, questions PART IV

In episode 266, James and Mike finally get to the end of listener questions. We talk about NSAIDs and inflammation, cognitive impairment and statins, dosing of antibiotics, antidepressants and efficacy, and antiplatelets and ethnicity. We give answers which either clarify or confuse the issues.

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Episode 265: Questions, questions, questions PART III

In episode 265, Mike and James continue with listener questions. We tackle issues around calories, alcohol intake, nutrition, diabetes and so much more. We provide answers and so much less.

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1) Effect of inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system and other antihypertensive drugs on renal outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis Read more »

Episode 264: Questions, questions, questions PART II

In episode 264, James and Mike continue trying to answer listener questions. We tackle issues around blood viscosity, nutrition, and diabetes medications with abandon, and hopefully provide some useful information.

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Episode 263: Questions, questions, questions

In episode 263, Mike and James finally get back to the whole podcasting thing and answer a bunch of great listener questions. We leave it to the listeners to decide if our answers are of a similar great calibre.

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1) Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus Infections among Patients in the Emergency Department Read more »