Saturday, November 20, 2010

This week's compendium

Here’s this week’s compendium. This week…

1. the MJA published an Australian study showing bicycle helmets reduce the risk of serious head injury by 80% [1]. Thus the government should resist pressure to relax mandatory helmet legislation.

2. Steven Slater [2a] has a new job [2b]. Good for him.

3. Sweetheart Vivienne alerted me to an Age article emphasising the importance of heritage buildings in the city [3]. Yes – ‘when our heritage buildings are gone we can’t get them back’.

4. a meta-analysis in a Lancet paper concluded that steroid injection of tendon strains revealed a short-term benefit in tennis elbow, but otherwise no benefit [4]. So steroid injection should be used sparingly.

5. a US company introduced nail polish free of noxious chemicals [5]. A no-brainer. Hopefully it’ll be sold in Australia too.

6. Grammar Girl explained the difference between the meaning of ‘disinterested’ and ‘uninterested’ [6]. I hope you’re not uninterested in the difference.

7. Victorian premier Brumby promised a review of the Australian Grand Prix’s future beyond 2014 [7]. He said this eight days before an election. Ho hum.

8. darling Kate’s Foxs Lane blog [8a] jumped from the second-ranked blog in the world in the ‘Needlework’ category [8b], to number one [8c]. Naturally.

Finally, I wish you, dear Farmdoc’s Blog readers, a wonderful week.

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