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PDQ Blog

Welcome to PDQ, Practical Doc’s quick and sometimes quirky look at rural medicine. We’d like your take on it too, so comments and contributions to PDQ are welcome.

PDQ features content from CURIOS: A partnership between the University of Calgary and RPAP.

A new technique for fast and safe collection of urine in newborns.

This great tip was passed on to me by R Ram, from the St Paul’s conference this year. A really simple way to get neonates to pee on demand. Remarkably effective and avoids the contamination problems of bag collections. Worth grabbing the original article but essentially, it comes down to: &#16...

What you eat when you’re sick may determine if you’ll get better

It looks like the old adage of “Feed a cold, starve a fever”, and other home remedies such as chicken soup, may have some scientific basis to them after all. This is an interesting piece in New Scientist. You may need to connect but no charge.

New material kills E. coli bacteria in 30 seconds

New material kills E. coli bacteria in 30 seconds Interesting chain that destroys the cell membrane thereby limiting resistance as well.


MUPS – medically unexplained physical symptoms - are frustrating, both for the patient and the doctor

New Epilepsy Guidelines

Next CURIOS webinar!! New Epilepsy Guidelines Date & Time: May 11, 2016 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Speaker: Nathalie Jette MD, MSc, FRCPC After attending this session, the participants will be equipped to: Describe how epilepsy is now defined Recognize what constitutes drug-resistant epileps...