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Episode 530: Resolving New Year’s Resolutions

In episode 530, Mike and James welcome Samantha Moe back to the podcast to do an end of the year podcast. In this podcast we discuss the evidence around New Year’s resolutions. We discuss what are the most popular types of resolutions and which are more likely to be kept. At the end we resolve to “improve” future podcasts – so please continue to listen to see if that happens and give us feedback – although we also resolved to ignore all feedback so who knows what will happen. Happy Holidays Everyone!!

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Resolving New Year’s Resolutions

Episode 529: Tranexamic acid in adult trauma and/or gastrointestinal bleeding

In episode 529, Mike and James welcome Mike Kolber back to the podcast and we discuss all the best available around the use of tranexamic acid for acute adult trauma and acute GI bleed. It seems to have an effect in one of these. Tune in to find out the numbers. Show Notes 1) Tools…

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Episode 528: Proving you don’t need to repeat cholesterol measurements?

In episode 528, James and Mike go through the logic and math around CVD risk estimates with regard to repeat cholesterol measurements. We discuss the impact remeasuring cholesterol has on CVD risk estimates and show that re-measuring every 5-10 years provides minimal if any value when it comes to making treatment decisions. All you need to do is look at a person’s drivers license.

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The Absolute CVD Risk/Benefit Calculator

Don’t Be Unheard – an educational medical musical parody of the iconic song We Are The World by USA for Africa.

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Episode 527: To Treat or Not Treat Uncomplicated UTIs

In episode 527, Mike and James continue their urinary tract infections “trilogy and more” discussions. In this podcast, we look at the evidence around whether or not we need to use antibiotics to treat uncomplicated symptomatic urinary tract infections. We talk about the evidence for NSAIDs and antibiotics and we also delve a little bit into testing. Have a listen so you can get all the numbers and use them tomorrow in your practice.

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To Treat or Not Treat Uncomplicated UTIs

Episode 526: PREMIUM – The latest on salt and vitamins

In episode 526, Mike and James go PREMIUM yet again, although it takes a while – so stay till the end. We go over the latest research on low sodium in heart failure, Vitamin D for preventing COVID, and multivitamins for doing anything. Show Notes 1) Reduction of dietary sodium to less than 100 mmol…

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Episode 525: Weight – the evidence may be slimmer than you think – PART II

In episode 525 – part two of our series on weight – James and Mike talk about how best to measure “weight” – and waste circumference, and hip -to-weight ratio and so on. We show that there is very little reason to measure much else other than actual weight. We also look at the evidence around whether intentional weight loss improves outcomes. Bariatric surgery evidence is also reviewed. And also a few other gems of knowledge.

Show Notes
1) The Nutrition Proposition
Book website

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2) Separate and combined associations of body-mass index and abdominal adiposity with cardiovascular disease: collaborative analysis of 58 prospective studies
Lancet. 2011;377(9784):1085-1095. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(11)60105-0
3) Central fatness and risk of all-cause mortality: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of 72 prospective cohort studies
Bmj. 2020;370:m3324. doi:10.1136/bmj.m3324
4) Discriminatory Capacity of Anthropometric Indices for Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Prev Chronic Dis. 2020;17:E131. doi:10.5888/pcd17.200112

5) A systematic review of reviews: exploring the relationship between obesity, weight loss and health-related quality of life
Clinical Obesity 7, 273–289, October 2017

6) Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Interventions for Reducing Pain and Disability in People With Common Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2020;50(6):319–333. Epub 9 Apr 2020. doi:10.2519/jospt.2020.9041

Episode 524: Weight – the evidence may be slimmer than you think

In episode 524 – the first of a 2-part series about weight – James and Mike talk about why people wish to lose weight, the words we use to describe weight, the obesity paradox, all the cohort evidence around weight and mortality/cardiovascular disease/depression/osteoarthritis/fractures, and in a nice juxtaposition do it while eating rum and raisin ice cream – yes it is a thing.

Show Notes
1) The Nutrition Proposition
Book website

Amazon Link

2) In their own words: Topic analysis of the motivations and strategies of over 6,000 long‐term weight‐loss maintainers
Obesity (Silver Spring). 2022;30:751–7614)

3) Patients’ preferred terms for describing their excess weight: discussing obesity in clinical practice
Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012;20(1):147–50

Episode 523: Is booking an urgent UTI appointment the best sign of a UTI?

In episode 523, James and Mike invite Jennifer Young to the podcast for the first time to help us go over all the evidence around diagnosing symptomatic uncomplicated urinary tract infections in adult women. We also delve into the “fun“ world of likelihood ratios – believe it or not, they are REALLY useful. So hang on to your hat!

Show Notes
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Is booking an urgent UTI appointment the best sign of a UTI?

Episode 521: A dose a day keeps the UTI away?

In episode 521, James and Mike invite Caitlin Finley to the podcast for the first time to talk about a very common primary care topic – recurrent UTIs. We discuss the frequency of recurrence and look at the evidence for many of the different strategies used to reduce the chance of recurrence.

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A dose a day keeps the UTI away?


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