Episode 31 - RA risk with sugar-sweetened soda

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Best new (and cheap) portable external battery

I'll be heading back to Japan this winter and have started preparing my gear.

Always indispensable, my iPhone is a constant navigator, translator, and camera on such trips. Battery life quickly suffers with the extra use so external batteries are a must.

External battery packs have significantly dropped in price in the last few years. I previously had recommended the Mophie Juicepack Powerstation 4000 mAh for $80, which is enough to re-charge the iPhone more than 2.5 times.

You can now get the top-rated IntoCircuit Power Castle for $30 with the $10 off discount code YBURK9FK for 11200 mAh. I picked one up immediately.

These are also great for conferences.

Episode 30 - Favorite EULAR 2014 topics

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Episode 29 - Turmeric in knee OA

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Near miss

EMRs and electronic prescribing have long been hailed as "safer" than the alternative. While I'm not against both of those in theory, assuming that all variations of them are inherently safer is flawed. Some software might be better. Some might be worse. Even electronic orders must at some point be read and interpreted by a human.

Today a pharmacist dispensed a prescription to a patient of mine labeled thus:

methotrexate 2.5mg tablets, take by oral route, 4 tablets twice a day for 7 days, #56, refills 1

I am not sure, but I think that dose could be lethal.

The prescription as written in my EMR and sent electronically was thus:

methotrexate 2.5mg tablets, take 8 tablets by mouth every 7 days, 1/2 in the morning and half at night, #40, refills 1