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The protective role of pyrexia

Are we doing the right thing when we reach for paracetomol or ibuprofen in response to a fever, or does that fever have benefits in helping our body to fight the infection?

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In Two Minds About Work
In Two Minds About Work
Dr Jan Orman

Once upon a time I would have baulked at any conversation about retirement. Even a chat about superannuation would have given me a vague feeling of nausea. For me, both subjects carried with them very unpleasant notions – old age, senescence, incapacity and burdensomeness.

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DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association)  -	Where did it come from?
DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association) - Where did it come from?
Dr Jan Orman

I've been reading about the history of classification of mental illness – especially in relation to the DSM – and I’ve learnt a few things that I thought might be worth sharing many of which I found in an article highlighted in my Medscape daily news feed.

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Diabetes in General Practice
Diabetes in General Practice
Dr Simon Morgan

It's one thing for a medication to demonstrate an effect in the narrowly selected, hermetically sealed and artificially monitored setting of a clinical trial.

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Central Capillary Refill Time in Paediatrics
Central Capillary Refill Time in Paediatrics
Crystal Smith

One of the most important assessment tools in rapid paediatric assessment is the central capillary refill time (CRT). It is quick, easy to perform and does not require any special equipment.

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The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care
The Sticky Business of Retirement from Health Care
Dr Jan Orman

A taxi driver asked me recently if I was still working. I hurriedly assured him that I was indeed “still working” as I was not yet old enough to retire – that, I’m afraid, was a lie!. What surprised me was the rush of emotion the question provoked and the amazing need to tell that lie. What is the matter with me?

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Mobile Stroke Unit Success in Melbourne
Mobile Stroke Unit Success in Melbourne
Crystal Smith

The opportunity to reduce time to thrombolysis or EVT has significantly reduced the risk of disability for patients who were were able to access the MSU, and improved transfer times to appropriate EVT hospital centres.

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Boundaries
Boundaries
Dr Jan Orman

We are all familiar with the notion of boundaries in clinical practice – in fact, most of us have spent a lot of time thinking about the subject and trying to work out where our professional boundaries lie.

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Navigating the Unfamiliar World
Navigating the Unfamiliar World
Dr Guy Gordon

So much has been written about fear, anxiety and stress in the COVID era. And I certainly can identify with much of it. For me, however, it’s a lot more complex than just these emotions. I find I don’t recognise the world today. Looking around, on the surface, it seems that not much has changed.

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Piano lessons, and 5 ways to Wellbeing with Hot Topics delegates
Piano lessons, and 5 ways to Wellbeing with Hot Topics delegates
Dr Simon Curtis

One of the highlights of my week is my piano lesson, now by Zoom of course, with my teacher John. I took up piano at the age of 55, never having had a music lesson in my life...

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