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Who would have thought it? - Editorial

Bandolier will soon be celebrating its third birthday, and, like a three year old, we are developing. We try to make high quality systematic reviews intelligible for you (and us), and to make sure they have a clinically relevant output like NNTs. We are less likely than we were to include results of single trials, because we, like you, want to see the results replicated before changing practice. We are able now to concentrate on systematic reviews because so many more are emerging.

Thank you for your suggestions

Firstly a big thank you to readers who tell us what you like and don't like. We do listen and try to respond. It also cheers us up on cold, wet November mornings in the leaky Bandolier portable building. A few apologies are also in order. We get large amounts of correspondence and sometimes have problems answering all of the questions put to us. There will be occasions when we cannot answer the questions you pose, particularly if you ask us to do a systematic review on a topic. Just to remind you, some HTA sources reckon a systematic review costs £30,000 and takes two years as a minimum. Bandolier operates on loose change by comparison.

Web feet in water

Part of the catching up process has been to expand the Bandolier Internet correspondence section. This month sees another innovation - a paper submitted to Bandolier published on the Internet with a summary in the paper journal. We know that Internet connection is still problematic, but unlike Betamax, Internet is not vestigial technology. You will have to do it, and Bandolier is one reason to make the plunge.

Expanding into supply-side evidence

Bandolier has long wanted to expand its readership into the many pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device companies which interact with the NHS at all levels. They also need an evidence-base. Bandolier is pleased to announce that it has an arrangement with Hayward Medical Communications to explore this wider industrial readership for Bandolier . The arrangement in no way compromises our independence. All our readers can help in this worthwhile exercise. Next time you see anyone from industry, ask if they read Bandolier , and if not, why not?

Bumper fun products

Bandolier is preparing its second annual - a bound and (slightly) updated version of all issues from 21 - 34. This should see the light of day in the Spring. We are also exploring the possibility of providing a CD-ROM version of all Bandolier issues plus all other Bandolier publications that we have on the Internet, plus any other goodies that we can get free and put on the disc. The idea is to make it cheap, and constantly available on your computer. Watch this space!

Without them nothing happens

Bandolier has a wide and enthusiastic "family" which helps keep the show on the road. We need to thank them - the Pain Relief Unit in Oxford, the R&D and Clinical Effectiveness Directorates who arrange for most of you to get your copies of Bandolier every month, and our friends at Classic Press in Kidlington who put up with our constantly changing production numbers and distribution arrangements.

El Majombero's poser (poseur?)

Bandolier is curious about the evidence that the go-faster stripes sported by our athletic heroes actually improve performance. Those of you who have run for a bus in the last decade will be aware that mouth-breathing takes over from nose-breathing when you are exerting yourself. So why bother with go-faster stripes on your nose? Could it be potential advertising space? Or an evolutionary adaptation to scare your opponent?

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