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


We are so sorry everyone. For our last webinar of the season tonight, we are sitting here all ready to go. Simon Goldstein is all raring to go with his presentation about Pediatric Gait Abnormalities. For some odd reason, only 3 people were able to connect tonight. Some sort of server problem &#8211...

CURIOS webinar: Nerve blocks

Our CURIOS webinar this month is about nerve blocks in the hand and arm that can be easily employed in office practice or the emergency room. On Feb 8th, 2017 at 6:30pm MST, Dr Ian Wishart will lead this webinar and discuss how and when you might use these cases. You can login to the […]

CURIOS: abnormal liver tests

CURIOS Webinar- An Approach to Abnormal Liver Tests   **Our speaker has been kind enough to prepare a case that all participants are encouraged to look at before the webinar. This case will be used as discussion during the webinar. To access the case please go to:

BBC: how do we avoid the antibiotics apocalypse?

I saw this on the BBC News feed: Every year, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections. It is why government scientists have described antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest global threats of the 21st Century. So what are people doing to try to avert the so-called antibiotics ...

BBC News: Aphantasia: ‘I can’t visualise my own children’

I never would have imagined this…er…wait… Worth being aware of, if it is as common as 2% prevalence. And apparently, many who suffer from this are not aware of it. Aphantasia: ‘I can’t visualise my own children’Two in every 100 people have no ability to visualise images in their own heads – be...

Are animal models leading us astray?

Here is an interesting article in New Scientist today… Man or mouse? Why drug research has taken the wrong turning Drug research has got so hooked on working with genetically modified animals that it ...

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it: Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugsMilk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers. And anyone who has come across these devils knows how fierce they ...

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.