Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 156

Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF, introducing the Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 156

Question 1

What is the story behind the Cochrane logo?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

The forest plot within the logo shows one of the first meta analyses done by Cochrane. It was showing the benefit of corticosteroids given to women who are about to give birth prematurely.

Despite several trials showing the benefit of corticosteroids, adoption of the treatment among obstetricians was slow. The originally systematic review published by Crowley et al (and subsequently updated) was influential in increasing use of this treatment. This simple intervention has probably saved thousands of premature babies. [Reference]


Question 2

You are doing some home decorating and decide to paint the north wing of your house red. You partner pulls out a colour chart from your bag but what is this chart really used for?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

It is a bed side colour chart to detect the level of methaemoglobin (%)

Classically the blood drawn is of a chocolate brown colour.

You should match a sample of the blood on tissue or filter paper within 5 minutes of taking the sample. [Reference]


Question 3

What dermatological condition gives you the seven year itch?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Okay, arguably a lot of dermatological things might make you itch for 7 years but it has been classically been associated with scabies. [Reference]


Question 4

What is scrivener’s palsy?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Writer’s cramp

A neurological condition caused by frequent handwriting. [Reference]


Question 5

What metabolic disorder could Hannibal Lecter NOT have had?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency; with his liking for liver with Fava beans!


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Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five

Dr Neil Long BMBS FACEM FRCEM FRCPC. Emergency Physician at Burnaby Hospital in Vancouver. Loves the misery of alpine climbing and working in austere environments. Supporter of FOAMed, toxicology, tropical medicine, sim and ultrasound

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