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BBC News: Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

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Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs –

Here is a surprising source of ways to limit the advance of antibiotic resistance


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We are so sorry everyone.

For our last webinar of the season tonight, we are sitting here all ready to go. Simon Goldstein is all raring to go with his presentation about Pediatric Gait Abnormalities.

For some odd reason, only 3 people were able to connect tonight. Some sort of server problem – our local tech support has gone home for the night. Adobe Connect main support cannot reboot our University servers.

All fun and games!

We are going to try to hold this again on one of the following evenings: Mar 15th, 29th or April 19th. The usual emails will go out.


CURIOS webinar: Nerve blocks

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Our CURIOS webinar this month is about nerve blocks in the hand and arm that can be easily employed in office practice or the emergency room.

On Feb 8th, 2017 at 6:30pm MST, Dr Ian Wishart will lead this webinar and discuss how and when you might use these cases.

You can login to the webinar here:

We prefer that you register for the webinar ahead of time but it is more important to jump in and participate.

CURIOS: abnormal liver tests

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CURIOS Webinar- An Approach to Abnormal Liver Tests


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Please join An Approach to Abnormal Liver Tests on Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM MST by following the weblink:


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BBC: how do we avoid the antibiotics apocalypse?

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I saw this on the BBC News feed:

Every year, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections. It is why government scientists have described antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest global threats of the 21st Century.

So what are people doing to try to avert the so-called antibiotics apocalypse? Well, it turns out, quite a lot.

Read on at

BBC News: Aphantasia: ‘I can’t visualise my own children’

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I never would have imagined this…er…wait…

Worth being aware of, if it is as common as 2% prevalence. And apparently, many who suffer from this are not aware of it.

Aphantasia: ‘I can’t visualise my own children’_92252217_rosieedge.jpgTwo in every 100 people have no ability to visualise images in their own heads – because of a condition called aphantasia.

Are animal models leading us astray?

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Here is an interesting article in New Scientist today…

gettyimages-157440932.jpg Man or mouse? Why drug research has taken the wrong turning
Drug research has got so hooked on working with genetically modified animals that it has lost touch with human disease

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

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I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs_91964641_007394434.jpgMilk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers. And anyone who has come across these devils knows how fierce they are so this might prove to be quite an addition to our quiver.

A new technique for fast and safe collection of urine in newborns.

This great tip was passed on to me by R Ram, from the St Paul’s conference this year. A really simple way to get neonates to pee on demand. Remarkably effective and avoids the contamination problems of bag collections. Worth grabbing the original article but essentially, it comes down to:


  1. Breast/bottle feed to get them settled and bladder filled up.
  2. Hold baby up under armpits with legs dangling 3. Percussion style tap in suprapubic area at 100 bpm for 30 secs 4. Light circular massage to paravertebral lumbar area 5. Repeat until they pee. Effective 86% within 5 mins.


Arch Dis Child. 2013 Jan;98(1):27-9. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2012-301872. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

A new technique for fast and safe collection of urine in newborns.

Herreros Fernández ML1, González Merino N, Tagarro García A, Pérez Seoane B, de la Serna Martínez M, Contreras Abad MT, García-Pose A.



To describe and test a new technique to obtain midstream urine samples in newborns.


This was a prospective feasibility and safety study conducted in the neonatal unit of University Infanta Sofía Hospital, Madrid. A new technique based on bladder and lumbar stimulation manoeuvres was tested over a period of 4 months in 80 admitted patients aged less than 30 days. The main variable was the success rate in obtaining a midstream urine sample within 5 min. Secondary variables were time to obtain the sample and complications.


This technique was successful in 86.3% of infants. Median time to sample collection was 45 s (IQR 30). No complications other than controlled crying were observed.


A new, quick and safe technique with a high success rate is described, whereby the discomfort and waste of time usually associated with bag collection methods can be avoided.

What you eat when you’re sick may determine if you’ll get better

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It looks like the old adage of “Feed a cold, starve a fever”, and other home remedies such as chicken soup, may have some scientific basis to them after all.

This is an interesting piece in New Scientist. You may need to connect but no charge.

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