Monthly Archives: February 2011

BJGP February 2011

Only one point of use, raised on the Letters page: a reminder of why it’s not a great idea to investigate chronic daily headache with a CT scan.  For every treatable abnormality picked up, you’d scan over 300 sufferers, 27 … Continue reading

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BMJ 2011: 342: 391 – 448 (19th February)

A lot about diabetes in this issue, which was useful for me; I’d had a couple of patients whose diabetes wasn’t controlled on maximal doses of Metformin plus a sulphonylurea, and I had no idea where to go to from … Continue reading

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BMJ 2011: 342: 341 – 90 (12th February)

A hotch-potch of interesting snippets: Next time anyone tries to persuade me to prescribe oxygen for a patient whose breathlessness is due to CCF rather than COPD, I will have good back-up for my refusal.  Several studies show that SBOT … Continue reading

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BMJ 2011; 342: 289 – 340 (5th February)

Secondary causes of osteoporosis include myeloma, chronic renal or liver disease, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, coeliac disease, premature menopause in women, and hypogonadism in men.  Investigations to consider therefore include FBC, PV, U&Es, LFTs, TFTs, bone profile, coeliac screen, FSH, and testosterone.

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BMJ 2011; 342: 237 – 288 (29th January)

The main articles were on preventing exacerbations of COPD, and on joint hypermobility syndrome . Preventing exacerbations of COPD Pulmonary rehabilitation: Was near the bottom of the list but deserved to be moved up, as evidence shows it to be … Continue reading

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