The Trajectory Of Adult Weight Gain

Behold! It is 500-1000g annually.

If you want to change your future for the better: sleep enough, eat healthy food and don’t be a sloth.

And maybe fidget to burn more energy, so you can eat more food.

Food is great.


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Podcast 029: Geriatrics With Dr Chris Middlemiss

Do you like cakes and constructing intricate delicacies in the comfort of your kitchen? No? Well, that’s too bad!

The recipe for geriatrics is diverse and beautiful. It’s 5 parts general medicine, 2 parts falls investigations, 1 part deathly despair, 3 parts woolly sweaters and 5 parts super cool.

In this episode, Dr Chris talks about the many reasons a senior citizen presents to hospital, the balanced geriatrician lifestyle and how to find your ultimate calling.


About the guest speaker

Dr Chris Middlemiss is a geriatrician and “nan whisperer”, who took his time working out what he wanted to do. He works at Sutherland Hospital, and also at the Garrawarra Centre, an aged care facility specialising in the care of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Chris is married with two kids, and plays soccer adequately when he is wearing his contacts.

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Professor Phil Poronnik.

The Flushing Of Cannulas

Goose. Geese. Moose. Meese. Cannulas. Cannulae. Whatever!

Blood Extraction

Why throw away the first 10mL of blood when collecting it from an existing cannula? It’s because that portion is theoretically contaminated, such as by previous infusions.

Saline Flush

The purpose is, also theoretically, to keep the cannula open and working. Patent, as they say. That’s why this is recommended after giving IV medications or just periodically. Basically, after each use.

Not Water

Normal saline is injected, not water. This is because a pure water injection would lead to the water rushing into red blood cells, due to that trusty process of osmosis. This sudden water influx would make them explode.

Which, as you can imagine, would run counter to the usual hospital purpose of trying to heal people, not atomically bomb their bloodstream.


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  3. Labos, C. (2019). Why can I taste saline and medications when they’re inserted into my IV?. Retrieved from

Differential Diagnosis Of Acute Abdominal Pain

Here’s a sordid acronym: BITCH.

Acute abdominal pain

  • Bleeding (haemorrhage)
  • Inflammation
  • Twisting (torsion, leading to ischaemia)
  • Congestion (obstruction)
  • Hole (perforation)


  • Ruptured AAA, ovarian cyst, ectopic pregnancy or abdominal organ
  • Leads to haemoperitoneum, meaning blood in the abdominal cavity


  • -itis of any organ in the abdominal area
  • Just think of the anatomy in the region to come up with possibilities
  • Appendicitis is the most likely surgical cause, while gastroenteritis is a common ailment of the masses


  • Sigmoid volvulus
  • Torsion of gonadal structures (ovaries or testes)


  • Things that involve blockage
  • Constipation
  • Intestinal obstruction, ureteric obstruction from renal calculus or urinary retention
  • Mesenteric ischaemia


  • Perforated gastrointestinal structure
  • Gastric or duodenal ulcers

So Money Guest Co-Host

I’ve been featured on So Money, a podcast by award-winning journalist Farnoosh Torabi.

She edited out the part where I explain that the triple application rejection was actually for KFC. But no worries! It wasn’t ever my ultimate dream to work in a chicken shop, so I wasn’t really cut. I guess she wasn’t impressed with that.

Here’s the summary.

Me: “It was such an important life tribulation! It was actually for KFC!”

Farnoosh: “I’m not familiar with KFC. Do you mean…Kentucky Fried Chicken?”

Me (too enthusiastically about this significant life setback): “Yes!”

Farnoosh (secretly editing that part out): “…”

She also edited the part where I accidentally said, “HELLO!” loudly and way too early because I thought she was done talking.

As well as the bits where we talked over each other awkwardly. There were a few of those. (She did leave in all the praise I had for her.)

How To Win Friends & Influenza doesn’t operate like that. It has more instances (two) of inserted laughter than removed content. The editing is focussed on audio quality and there are no advertisements or revenue aims.

But this was a fun So Money interview nonetheless, where we tell you how to manage your money. Except that you shouldn’t take any of this as financial advice, because it’s not.

Take your lawyers and slowly back away. No one needs to become hurt here.

Podcast 028: Adolescent Medicine With Dr Linette Gomes

Chronic diseases can strike people of all ages, from foetus to corpse (probably not inclusive). Adolescent medicine is what it sounds like: the branch of medicine that deals with adolescents, particularly when it comes to chronic diseases.

In this episode, Dr Linette talks about what adolescent medicine involves and the type of health practitioner it suits.


About the guest speaker

Dr Linette Gomes is a paediatrician and adolescent medicine physician. She is currently appointed as a senior staff specialist in the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYAM) Unit of Westmead Hospital.

Dr Linette’s specialty is in the area of behavioural and developmental paediatrics. She has a PhD. in “Medical Expertise in the Management of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) with Hyperactivity” from the Children’s Hospital Education Research Institute at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Dr Linette was previously the Head of Paediatrics at Hawkesbury District Hospital. She continues to have a private clinical practice at Rouse Hill, where she sees younger patients with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, learning difficulties and developmental delay. Her main interests and work are now in her staff specialist position at the AYAM unit, Westmead Hospital, where she hopes to make a valuable contribution in the years to come.

Outside her work, Dr Linette’s life revolves around her family and friends. She enjoys reading and travelling.

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.