Cut once, measure twice

As every child health practitioner knows, children’s telly is awash with moral learnings, repetitive messages and ear-worms. It can be a superb tool for the education and distraction of poorly children, and irritating barrier to bedtimes and homework, and a torture-device … try humming “Baby Shark” when you next go for your team coffee/drink and […]

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GUEST POST: Is “sitting on your hands” an option these days for babies with bronchiolitis?

Paediatric doctors and nurses have long been dismayed that we have no useful interventions (other than supportive therapy) for babies with bronchiolitis. We have known for decades that using nebulisers, doing chest x-rays, and starting antibiotics are generally pointless for most infants with bronchiolitis – they are more likely to lead to overtreatment and harm […]

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Refreshing

Every now and then you’ll hit an EBM question, clinical dilemma or situation where you’ve got it at the back of your mind, or the tip of your tongue, you’ve seen something similar before. It may be a network meta-analysis, where people seem to have combined studies in a spidergram not a forest plot. A […]

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Underrepresentation

Not uncommonly, the issue of the generalisability or representativeness of a study population to the ‘real world’ is raised. There are some pretty big issues here, not least the idea that studies are undertaken in an unreal world, where troubles melt like chimney tops and sail above your lemon drops. Avoiding those sorts of mangled […]

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