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Chronic opiate use leads to worse surgical outcomes

No surprises here. This study looks at outcomes after major elective abdominal surgery ~500 patients on chronic opiates vs ~1900 opioid naive patients from a single center from 2008-2014. 177 more words


Entry #87: Two Plus One

Reality Checks

So this weekend we reach the 8 week mark. Whoa.

While we were out this week running errands, we had to (seriously, had to, I have a serious aversion to this place… 3,198 more words

Two Plus One = Family

Biology, History and Maths: A lesson in debunking PETA’s nonsense

On 21st July the UK government released its stats on how many animals were used in UK research and the race was on. Many British universities raced to… 2,163 more words


SCI still rare in kids.

This paper demonstrates that once again, kids are quite durable.

The authors looked at 3701 patients under 19 years old evaluated for a cervical spine injury. 185 more words


No Magic for MagicPlex PCR.

PCR really is quite magical. You take a few drops of blood from a febrile patient and within a few hours, you can have an answer of the type of bacterium causing your “presumed noninfectious SIRS,” or, perhaps, the cause of febrile neutropenia. 538 more words


Mythbusting - Removing Avocado Flesh

Not one of my snappier titles, I will grant you, but this is my guide to getting one step closer to that magical ingredient…smushed/smashed avocado, hopefully without cutting yourself or making a royal mess! 424 more words


Compazine... for infectious disease?

Today’s article’s (1, 23 ) are a break from the usual trials that are typically discussed and a bit more “benchside medicine” than bedside medicine.   261 more words