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Wondering how we have reached 2023, you still are the only one in the hospital who can do an LP overnight, half your patients have dementia with no cure, and people are still researching vitamin C?

Your ears are in the right place

Dr Barney Hirons flies solo and covers:

The best dementia trials from the last few months:

Blood pressure reduction reduces risk.

Ultra-processed food worsens cognition.

Correcting hearing loss corrects the risk.

Ketones for Alzheimer’s. Really?

Lecanemab in Alzheimer's - the blockbuster and why it IS important.


Vitamin C in pregnant smokers. Save the baby's lungs!

LP after -ve CT in SAH. No need?

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#63 ClimateZone11// Microplastics and health with Prof Barbro Melgert

Aware that microplastics are bad for the environment but want to better understand their effects on human health?

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We chat with the brilliant Professor Barbro Melgert from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Don't know her? She is an expert performing cutting-edge research on the effects of microplastics on humans and shares with us her fascinating, if not daunting, findings.

We cover:
What microplastics are.
How they form.
Where they are found (spoiler... EVERYWHERE).
Why what you wear matters.
Their effect on the environment.
What her research has shown and the consequences for human health.  
What you should do to reduce risk and plastic.

And... Ventilate ventilate ventiliate!

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With hosts Dr LJ Smith, Dr Jonathan Hudson & Dr Barnaby Hirons 

Love a Christmas tune? Ever wondered if the lyrics are detrimental or beneficial to health?
Your ears are in the right place!

LJ and Barney, with help from Jon, performed a thematic analysis of the top 41 Christmas song lyrics from 2021, then completed a semi-systematic review analysing their risks and benefits to health! Blimey, that was a lot of work...

The conclusion? A list of recommendations on which songs to listen to, and which to avoid based on their underlying health messages.

We cover the risks and benefits of:
Alcohol and sugar binging,
Cold exposure,
Indoor fires,
Giving vs consumerism,
Singing & dancing,
Inequality & war,

& MORE...!

All references are on this shared  Google Doc.

Merry Christmas Journal Junkies!!

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#61 ClimateZone10// How to save the oceans with Dr Richard Hixson

Worried that the ocean is dying, and your favourite dolphin may well become extinct?! Want to know what you can do to help?

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Firstly LJ and Barney outline the good and bad of COP27.

Barney then interviews the inspiring Dr Richard Hixson, chair of Healthcare Ocean.

We cover:
Why the oceans are essential for the planet.
Why the oceans are at risk.
The biggest problem sources.
The role of healthcare.
The importance of NHS procurement, and what needs to change.
What YOU can do as a healthcare professional!

Interested in sunscreen which has been proven safe for the ocean reefs? Aethic is recommended by Richard (and as far as we know he has no investment in them).

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With hosts Dr LJ Smith & Dr Barnaby Hirons 

Barney, LJ, and Jon are back with all the most interesting and practice-changing articles published in the last month:

💉Should I exercise before my next COVID Jab?

🫁Does magnesium work in COPD exacerbations and should we give fewer antibiotics

📽Is a colonoscopy a good way to screen for cancer?

🧂Is salt restriction in HFPEF worth the hassle?

🫀Does skin colour make a difference to survival in cardiac arrest?