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Not so happy meals: Fast food lowers testosterone

October 16, 2019

Eating a high-fat ‘fast food’ meal can reduce testosterone levels by 25% within an hour of ingestion in overweight and obese men, Australian research shows.
And the effect can last for up to four hours, say the South Australian study authors in a recent issue of Andrologia.
The new finding goes some …

Nonsurgical treatment options effective for sinus issues

Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) affects a small but significant proportion of the population, significantly decreases quality of life and is often resistant to treatment.
In severe cases it can lead to the growth of polyps in the nasal cavity, blocking nasal breathing and smell.
It’s in these cases that many patients are referred …

Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of birth defects

There has been longstanding concern that bariatric surgery may increase the risk of major birth defects, concern that has appeared to be bourne out in the scientific literature.
A new study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University, Sweden may go some way towards casting these previous findings into …

New blood test detects brain tumors with 87% accuracy

For those diagnosed with brain cancer the statistics are grim, with less than a third surviving five years with the condition.
Part of this poor outlook is due to the nonspecific symptoms of this type of cancer, such as headaches and memory loss. This is further compounded by the lack of …

Amiodarone in the aged

This week’s valuable resource award is a little different to the usual.
Rather than a handy algorithm or useful assessment tool, this is, in fact an article from a recent Australian Prescriber.
It’s about all the potential complications and side effects that can potentially occur with amiodarone, that reasonably popular drug that …

How music therapy can help anxious children

According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety.
Of course, a degree of anxiety or worry may be a normal state of affairs for young …

Better eating improves depression in young people

October 09, 2019

Improving a young person’s diet might be the key to helping them overcome their depressive symptoms, according to new Australian research.
In a randomised controlled trial of just over 100 people with elevated levels of depression symptoms and a regular diet that was assessed as poor, researchers found that those allocated …

Melanoma treatment: researchers unlock new clues

Despite the promise of new targeted treatments such as BRAF and MEK inhibitors, advanced melanoma patients often have different responses due to genetic variability. Now researchers say they have identified a way to better predict these responses. In their study published in EBioMedicine, researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center’s Donald A. …

Ranitidine products recalled

The TGA is advising consumers and health professionals that several ranitidine-containing products have been removed from the Australian market due to contamination with an impurity called N‑nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
Ranitidine tablets and oral liquids are now in short supply as a number of commonly-used brands have been recalled from pharmacies, hospitals, wholesalers, …

Magic weight loss number found for T2 diabetes remission?

Most treatments for type 2 diabetes involve a combination of medication and dietary changes, with the aim of managing the condition.
Remission is not generally thought to be likely, other than in cases of obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, or those willing to commit to extreme low-calorie diets and …

Unlocking the secrets of gallstones

For such a common condition, very little is known about the formation or composition of gallstones. While they’re made up of microscopic crystals of cholesterol and calcium, how they come to be bound together into stones was a mystery, one that researchers at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have just shed some …

Holding on to Hope podcast

A patient’s potential to suicide haunts most GPs at some stage in their working life. Many patients will endure incredibly stressful periods in their lives, and while you can offer all the support in the world there will always be the question of whether they need more.
In such situations, help …