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#53 War in Ukraine// Talk with Frontline Military Doctor Taras

*Warning* the experiences and stories described may be disturbing for some listeners.

Are you trying to imagine what it might be like for a medic, maybe such as yourself, on the front line of a war? Do you want to understand how you can help?

Your ears are in the right place.

We speak with Taras, a doctor working in the closest hospital to the frontline in the South of Ukraine.
He takes us through his life, his daily routine, the cases he sees and the devastating impact this is having on the society around him.
We discuss the pressures he is experiencing, and his views on where money from charities should go.

His recommended charity for donations: United24

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Featuring host Dr Barnaby Hirons

#52 Journal Round Up// X-ray & HTN in pregnancy, steroids in OA, HTN in IP, death of Aspirin, Tai Chi or sing for health, AND Nasal or Anal cardioversion sir?...

Wondering if you should get that X-ray on your pregnant lady who is suffering from hip pain whilst doing Tai Chi, which is associated with inpatient hypertensive spikes that might (just might) be related to your bad singing?


Well, your ears are still in the right place.

Today you have Jon, Barney and Alvin delving into the latest and greatest of medical literature!

We cover:
  1. Steroid injections for OA - sure?
  2. Radiology in pregnancy - risky?
  3. Pregnancy HTN - treat?
  4. IP Hypertensive episodes - leave?
  5. Aspirin cessation and primary prevention - stop?
  6. Music  for mental and physical health - sing!
  7. Tai chi or Muscle strengthening - do!
  8. Nasal Swab or rectal exam for cardioversion?! Hmmmm.....

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Featuring hosts Dr Barnaby Hirons, Dr. Jonathan Hudson & Dr. Alvin Shrestha

#51 War in Ukraine: Talk with Doctors: Andrei Semikhodskii and Uliana Pidvalna

Worried about the effect the awful war in Ukraine is having on their doctors and healthcare system? Want to hear their experiences first-hand and find out how you can help?

Your ears are in the right place.

A change from our usual Round-Ups and Climate shake-ups, today we talk candidly to two inspiring Ukrainian doctors.

Dr Andrei  Semikhodskii: A geneticist living in England, who set up a wonderful charity which sends ambulances with bespoke medicine and equipment directly to Ukrainian hospitals that need it most.
JustGiving Page click here.
King's Health Partners Lifelines page.

Professor Uliana Pidvalna: Living in Lviv, she talks openly about life as a doctor in Ukraine, how medics are coping, and the cases they are seeing. We also discuss the incredible positive and determined attitude of Ukrainian people!
Links discussed:
Defend Ukraine site - a large number of verified and official charities.
Medical supplies charity sites, here and here

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Featuring host Dr Barnaby Hirons

#50 Journal Round Up// Sats & Skin Colour, Paracetamol Danger, Sugar vs Sweetener, Latest in Flozins, Banning Tanning, AF with RVR, Exercise or death, Beer Faces

Want to hear key medical literature facts to help become that awesome doctor, whilst also being able to tell if people like beer by their facial expressions?

Your ears are in the right place.

Dr LJ Smith, Dr Camille Hirons, Dr Jonathan Hudson and Dr Barnaby Hirons scour and digest the latest and greatest medical literature out there... and some other fun stuff too:

Why pulse oximeters miss deadly hypoxia in people of colour.

How paracetamol and sodium can kill.

Are sweeteners a safe alternative to sugar?

Empagliflozin in acute heart failure - EPULSE trial.

Should we be banning tanning salons?

Metoprolol vs Diltiazem in AF with RVR?

How much exercise to save lives?

Drug induced liver injury causes.

Facial expressions drinking beer!

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Featuring hosts Dr Barnaby Hirons, Dr. Jonathan Hudson , Dr. LJ Smith, & Dr. Camille Hirons

#49 ClimateZone6//
Dr Alex Wilkinson:
Sustainable inhalers - what YOU can do

Want to do more to combat climate change but current events and your state of Weltshmerz is holding you back?  Do you need some positive practice-changing, actionable advice?
Your ears are in the right place!

LJ and Katia interview the brilliant Dr Alex Wilkinson.

We cover:
The huge carbon cost of inhalers.
The key stats and evidence.
Why change is needed and how to make it.
Barriers to change and how to overcome them.

With Barney & Jon we discuss our latest climate challenge- contacting MPs about a Climate Issue- hear how we got on and get advice on how to proceed.

Excellent links for you to browse, amuse and amaze:
Alex's articles:

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With hosts Dr Katia Florman, Dr LJ Smith, Dr Jonathan Hudson & Dr Barnaby Hirons with amazing guest Dr Alex Wilkinson