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Green with Asthma

How can I be more green? Cycle to work? No more steak? Stop my inhaler…?

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Time to rationalise our use of inflammatory markers
Time to rationalise our use of inflammatory markers
Dr Robert Walker

Injudicious use of inflammatory marker testing for non-specific symptoms is likely to cause more harm than good.

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KISS: Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
KISS: Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
A/Prof Stephen Barnett

A 45 year old woman with a painful hip comes to see you. She’s normally fit and active, but is now getting pain that is disturbing her walking and waking her at night.

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KISS: New National Cervical Screening Program
KISS: New National Cervical Screening Program
Dr Chandelle Whitfield

In December 2017 a renewed National Cervical Screening Program was launched in Australia.

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ADHD Prescribing
ADHD Prescribing
Dr Ahmed Rashid

Inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive children have always existed, and it’s difficult to quantify the exact effect of labelling children with a disease name, rather than approaching them ‘the old-fashioned way’, whatever that might be.

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Urolithiasis and alpha blockers
Urolithiasis and alpha blockers
A/Prof Stephen Barnett

What is the evidence for 'medical expulsive therapy' using alpha blockers?

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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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Treatment burdens and time to do a bit more… nothing?
Treatment burdens and time to do a bit more… nothing?
Dr Robert Walker

We want to DO something for our patients, in part driven by guidelines - get their blood pressure down, improve their HbA1c, improve their life expectancy, but have we forgotten to ask - is this what you really want? And at what point are we doing more harm than good with the treatments we prescribe?

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Measles: Rare, but Still There
Measles: Rare, but Still There
Sue Brown

Thankfully, Australian doctors nowadays will rarely see a case measles. Recently however, most states have issued measles outbreak alerts, largely linked to travellers visiting or returning from overseas.

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Hearing Loss in Adults: Assessment and Management
Hearing Loss in Adults: Assessment and Management
NB Medical Education

There is a tendency to consider hearing loss a wasted consultation, a referral wasted time. But hearing loss leads to marked isolation, significant reduction in quality of life and has a huge economic impact.

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