Category Archives: Minor but annoying

Steroids for sore throats

An update on this problem: a systematic review and meta-analysis in the BMJ. This found that there is, in fact, moderate quality evidence that a one-off dose of steroid can improve pain in sore throat. Not the speed with which … Continue reading

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Steroids – not all that useful for sore throats

There’s been some evidence in the past that steroids might be of help for sore throats, so it was interesting to see a JAMA study on the subject mentioned on Richard Lehman’s blog page. Comparison of a single 10 mg … Continue reading

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Restless legs syndrome

The latest BMJ has an article on restless legs syndrome. Diagnostic criteria 5 criteria need to be fulfilled for diagnosis (I’ve slightly rephrased these for myself, but the meaning should be the same): Urge to move the legs. Usually accompanied … Continue reading

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Snippets

A few quick snippets from the 19th Nov BMJ: Duloxetine increases the risk of adverse psychiatric events – anxiety, agitation, self-harm, psychotic behaviour – by more than five times, according to a new Nordic Cochrane Centre meta-analysis although this article … Continue reading

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Anal itching

Not the nicest of topics, but, since it is one I often get asked about, I was glad to see a BMJ article on it. Thoughts: Most of the causes are things I’d have thought of (thrombosed piles, fungal infection, … Continue reading

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Halitosis

(The notes below are a summary of an article I clipped from one of the medical newspapers many years ago, which is apparently an extract from Practical General Practice 2006. The reference given is Scully C et al, What to … Continue reading

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