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On being 100 (Editorial)

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Reaching a century is a chastening experience that could be a trigger for introspection or celebration. Bandolier chooses neither. Life is too short for instrospection, and we're too tired for celebration, so instead another ordinary issue.

There are similarities with issue 1 in 1994. That examined the GRIP project - getting research into practice. Now we are looking at the consequences of getting research evidence into practice in South Derbyshire , with a 30% fall in the chance of dying after a heart attack between 1995 and 1999.

Once getting research results into practice is accepted to be a good thing, the next problem is how to do it well. A randomised trial of coaching from Melbourne shows how simple telephone interventions can help patients achieve a target cholesterol level. And with statin prescribing going through the roof, time to consider rare adverse effects , and look for them.

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The Internet version of Bandolier continues to expand and the PDF download of the 12-page Bandolier Extra on migraine is popular. With the addition of the trial on cannabis and MS , the review of this topic is complete for now. The site on gout continues to expand as more papers are found, and articles on atrial fibrillation and ENT topics have been added. The next task is a brief review of the evidence for Lorenzo's oil for adrenoleukodystrophy.

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The sad thing is that this 100th issue of Bandolier will be the penultimate one under present arrangements. Central funding ends after issue 101. So if you want to continue to have a paper copy after July, you should go to this page , complete the form and return it to us.


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