An Emergency Physician with a special interest in education and lifelong learning. When not drinking coffee and reading Batman comics he is playing with his children.

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Blue Ringed Octopus

One of the highlights of the holiday season, here in Australia, is being able to go to the beach (please don’t try this in the north). Victoria is one of the safer states when it comes to dangerous critters but the local news has reported sightings of another of the ‘world’s deadliest creatures’ at my…

Looking back, Looking forward


One of the nice things about living in Australia is being amongst the first to welcome in the new year.  As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 creeps out from under duvet, it is time to take a look back at the last year on DFTB.

Ears looking at you, kid

Earache is a leading cause of grumpiness in children.  A recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested that a 10 day course of antibiotics is more effective than a 5 day course in treating acute otitis media and, as such, should be considered in infants under 2 years with otitis media. But…

Happy Holidays!


The team at Don’t Forget The Bubbles would like to wish all of those who come and visit us online a happy holiday season. To make sure it is a good one we’ll leave you with this paper from the aptly named Journal of Happiness Studies… Kasser T, Sheldon KM. What makes for a merry…

Our Friends in the North


As Christmas approaches I still cannot get used to it in the southern hemisphere. Coming from England I am used to a cold, dark, and often wet, festive season, with its attendant medical problems. I was reminded of this whilst listening to the latest podcast from Ken Milne and the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine.

Navel Gazing

Love them or hate them, everyone* has one. The umbilical stump is all that remains of the physical bond the neonate has with their mother.  We’ve looked at the importance of the umbilical vessels as a means of oxygenation, but the time must come to cut the cord. The normal umbilical cord For those of you familiar…