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The last couple of years have been busy and seen change. In the true spirit of ‘generalism’ I now have three jobs.

My practice,

My public practice, and

A university position…

The latter, as the Clinical Director, of The Australian Centre for Health Service Innovation (AusHSI) is perhaps the biggest diversion from my work as a cardiologist but sits squarely within the direction of my research work and has offered fascinating opportunities I had never expected. Read more about AusHSI here, and visit the AusHSI Blog here.

In addition to this has been growing responsibilities with the Cardiac Society (CSANZ) and editorial duties at Heart, Lung and Circulation.

Hence the difficulty finding time for the blog…

The bibliography has been updated over at the ECG blog…

The Emergency Cardiology Group

… was to get the bibliography up to date!

The links go to the full article where possible, but some of these remain behind paywalls.

For individual reprint requests for academic/educational use please leave a message and we will provide these wherever possible according to copyright restrictions.

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The Emergency Cardiology Group

The ACRE project was featured on the ABC radio AM news and current affairs programme this morning.

You can listen to the story featuring interviews with Will Parsonage and Terry George from Nambour Hospital here.

Nambour was where the ACRE project pilot was rolled out and the results of the pilot project have been published here.

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Cross blogged from our Emergency Cardiology Site…

The Emergency Cardiology Group

There has been lots of media interest in our paper ‘Validation of high-sensitivity troponin I in a 2-h diagnostic strategy to assess 30-day outcomes in emergency-department patients with possible acute coronary syndrome‘ that went online in in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in the last few days.

Those in Queensland may have heard reference to the study on the ABC Radio news this morning and Louise Cullen has been interviewed today by ABC Radio National and Channel Nine.

We may have lost out to Black Caviar on the Channel Nine News though…

A copy of the press release from the Queensland Government is available here: RBWH media release – improved testing for potential heart attack patient.

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This sort of thing has been bugging me for ages…

Old CardioBrief

Don’t believe the the hype! That’s the cardinal rule to obey when reading health news. “Breakthroughs” and “cures” are rare, and should always be viewed with caution and skepticism.

This week was a great example. Last Sunday, the New York Times, the major networks, and a host of other media outlets (including this one) reported on a paper in  Nature Medicine about the discovery of a novel and potentially significant pathway linking red meat to heart disease. Briefly, the research suggested that carnitine, which is found naturally in high concentrations in red meat, can lead to atherosclerosis when it is converted by gut bacteria to a chemical called TMAO. Almost immediately I received a lot of comment from experts who raised serious questions about the research. Then today, a separate study was published with an entirely different perspective on carnitine. Although the two studies don’t directly contradict each other, they…

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