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This month’s “Airwaves” celebrates the musicals from the West End, Broadway and the Silver Screen…the Triumvirate’s guilty pleasure!

Grease: asthma self-management at Rydell high?

We don’t know if the effectiveness of school-based self-management interventions for asthma among children and adolescents was evaluated in Rydell High School. If it had been, it is likely that the “T birds” and the “Pink Ladies” would have been: “…wrapped up in trouble, laced with confusion…” No such confusion is evident in the systematic review reported by Dylan Kneale and colleagues ( page 432 ). They found 33 eligible randomised controlled trials and conclude that school-based interventions were effective in reducing emergency department visits and hospitalisations. It is not clear whether school absence is reduced or indeed whether such interventions might avoid “beauty school drop-outs.”

Mama Mia: how does cystic fibrosis affect birthweight?

The Nordic countries are famous for the quality of their patient registries and for Abba – winner of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and inspiration for many musicals and films, including “Mama Mia”. In this month’s Thorax, Daniela Schlüter and colleagues ( page 447 ) describe a national registry linkage study from …

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