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Optimum INR level?

Optimum INR level? Large, comprehensive linkage studies can provide useful information about various aspects of healthcare. Many come from Sweden, and the latest [1] provides much information about the INR levels and mortality. Study The computerised records of 42,000 patients attending 46 anticoagulation clinics in the years 1990-1997 formed the basis of the study. Anticoagulation […]

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Anaemia in older people

Anaemia in older people Bandolier has long been interested in anaemia, but puzzled by varying figures for its prevalence, especially in older people. There are also some puzzles about the point at which anaemia has a major impact on health. A systematic review [1] has sought to examine studies of prevalence according to age, and […]

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Patent foramen ovale and migraine

Patent foramen ovale and migraine The foramen ovale is a channel between the atria of the foetal heart allowing blood to flow from the right to the left atrium, which shunts oxygenated blood to the systemic circulation during foetal development. It is not needed in adult life when the lungs are functional, and closes after […]

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MMR vaccination

MMR vaccination More media circuses about vaccinating children with MMR, and the “association” of MMR vaccination with autism and inflammatory bowel disease. Frightening stuff, but much heat and little light. One of Bandolier’s informal team asked us to look out the evidence. There’s much, mostly from exemplary public health work in Finland, and it shows […]