Thursday, 29 April 2010


Lunchtime meeting in Truro on Dermatomyositis with a presentation of two cases. Excellent reminder of this condition which seems to be very popular at lunchtime meetings wherever you go.

The additional images and differential diagnosis slides were particularly good and came from DermNet NZ.

There's also a good example of how the rash appears on darker skin at BMJ Case Reports1.

1. Tristano AG. A woman with muscles pain, weakness, and macular rash. BMJ Case Reports. 2009;2009(aug27 1):bcr0620092027-bcr0620092027. Available at: [Accessed May 6, 2010].

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Women in Kenya are 50 times more likely to die in childbirth than in the UK.

The Lancet has published Maternal Mortality Rates for 181 countries (1).

The Guardian has also published the maternal mortality rate table in its blog.

Looking down the table with our particular interest in Kenya it looks like they have made some progress in reducing the rate in the last 20 years but very little. Even though some of the discussion in the last few days has been on why the UK has not improved or why it is "worse" than Albania it is sobering to think that women in Kenya are 50 times more likely to due during or after childbirth than women in the UK.

1. Hogan MC, Foreman KJ, Naghavi M, Ahn SY, Wang M, Makela SM, et al. Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980-2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5. Lancet. 2010 Apr 9

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Started a JustGiving page for Mercy Rescue Trust

After some fiddling managed to get my JustGiving page up for the Mercy Rescue Trust.

Has the doubtful strapline of "sponsor us having a good time" or something like that.