Tuesday
Sep202011

Stroke Prevention A.Fib Calculator (SPARC) Updated Again!

I’ve just updated my SPARC tool for calculating your patients’ risk of stroke/thromboembolism and now major bleeding.

I’ve incorporated the now-published results from the ROCKET-AF trial (rivaroxaban) and theARISTOTLE trial (apixaban).  I’ve corrected a few typos and calculation issues.  I’ve added updated references for the above trials, plus a reference to a paper we’ve published recently casting doubt on the utility of the HAS-BLED scoring system.

I would sincerely appreciate any comments or suggestions anyone has about this tool. ploewen@interchange.ubc.ca

Wednesday
Dec012010

Our Kind of Traitor

Having just finished it and let the gravity of the ending sink in (P.S. you have to think about it), I can say with confidence that this is good Le Carre, and his best since Single & Single / Absolute Friends days. Nice to see him leave behind the too-simple black/white of Mission Song, Most Wanted Man, and worst of all, Constant Gardener. He's writing crisp diaglogue, powerful prose, and created a compelling character in Hector Meredith. 

 Of all the reviews I’ve read, the this one best aligns with what I thought of the book:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/our-kind-of-traitor-by-john-le-carr/article1768997/

Friday
Oct082010

Empire of the Summer Moon

Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

 

Astonishing. Heartbreaking. Gory.

 

In the process of revising whatever I knew about what happened between 1775  and 1895 in the American west.  The story is Cyntha-Ann Parker is amazing.

 

Commanches

Commancheria

Quanah Parker

Cynthia-Ann Parker

Isa-Tai

Sam Houston

Ranald MacKenzie

Treaty of Medicine Lodge

Battle of Adobe Walls

Texas Rangers

Buffalo Hump

Texas-Indian Wars

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