Meningitis: Steroids or not?

The most important thing about treating meningitis is to give antibiotics as soon as possible.  The second most important thing is to institute appropriate supportive care.  Whether or not to give steroids as an adjunctive treatment is perhaps less clear to us… A recent Cochrane review goes a long way to pointing us in the right direction, but still leaves a few questions open.  Join us...

November 17th, 2011 by colinparker 

Intussusception-Rotavirus Vaccine Risk

Last time we spoke about intussusception and its treatment.  This week, we try to discover whether there is a real link between rotavirus vaccines and this rare cause of abdominal pain in infants. Discussing vaccine efficacy and risks often engenders strong feelings from both sides of the river… the traditional believers AND the ‘anti-vaxxers’.  As with many controversies, it...

October 6th, 2011 by colinparker