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by Dr Simon Curtis

KISS Guide to Evidence Based Medicine 2020

This Hot Topics Keep it Simple Summary is a guide to evidence based medicine in 2020, straight from our UK partners, NB Medical.

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Out of Office - Dr Simon Curtis
Out of Office - Dr Simon Curtis
Dr Simon Curtis

Find out more about Simon, co-founder of the Hot Topics course internationally in his 'Out of Office' before seeing him in person at Hot Topics Australia.

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Can I have medical cannabis on PBS doctor?
Can I have medical cannabis on PBS doctor?
Dr Simon Curtis

I’ve been asked this question twice in the last month. Once by a 70 year old patient who has taken up smoking weed to control her neuropathic pain, let’s call her ‘Rachel’. And the other a young man aged 26 (Sean) who is smoking cannabis to help control his chronic anxiety.

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Eating Disorders in General Practice
Eating Disorders in General Practice
Dr Simon Curtis

Eating disorders are truly holistic, affecting all biopsychosocial dimensions of health so we need to keep an open mind and our antennae alert in a wide variety of clinical scenarios in General Practice.

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Top 5 Learning Points from 2018 European Hypertension Guidelines
Top 5 Learning Points from 2018 European Hypertension Guidelines
Dr Simon Curtis

This month has seen the publication of new European Hypertension Guidelines 2018 produced by the European Societies of Hypertension and Cardiology.

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TSH and Pregnancy: Treat the Test or the Patient?
TSH and Pregnancy: Treat the Test or the Patient?
Dr Simon Curtis

Susan is newly pregnant. She had some thyroid tests done earlier this year and was diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism. Her TSH was 6 mIU/ml with a normal thyroxine and negative anti thyroid antibodies. She has read in a forum online that she needs to be treated with thyroxine but she is worried about taking medication when pregnant. What do you advise her?

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Hot Topics: why we need CPD for GPs by GPs
Hot Topics: why we need CPD for GPs by GPs
Dr Simon Curtis

I started work as a GP in 1995 and was nearly burnt out as a GP before I’d barely started. I was overwhelmed. Not so much with the clinical workload but just the crushing burden of thinking ‘How am I supposed to know all this stuff?’

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