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How to get the nutrients you need without eating as much red meat

June 12, 2019

If you’re a red meat-eater, there’s a good chance you’re eating more of it than you should. At last count, Australians ate an average of 81 grams of red meat per day.
The planetary health diet was developed by researchers to meet the nutritional needs of people around the world, while …

Quality improvement in aged care

If you look after patients in an aged care facility you should really have a look at this resource.
It’s from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and it basically gives you all you need to know about the most recent initiative to ensure high standard of care in these facilities.
From …

Anorexia and cancer risk

You’d think having anorexia nervosa was bad enough. But among all the negative effects it can have on your body, could it also increase your risk of cancer? Or does the condition perversely mimic the caloric restriction and fasting that have been demonstrated to benefit the prevention of some malignancies …

Help for women with vulval issues

June 05, 2019

Female patients who present with vulval pain or itch have usually put up with symptoms for some time before coming to the doctor.
When it comes to this area of the female anatomy there is still a lot of ignorance and embarrassment in the world outside our surgeries. And while it …

Are you burnt out at work? Ask yourself these 4 questions

It’s normal to feel stressed at work from time to time. But for some people, the stress becomes all-consuming, leading to exhaustion, cynicism and hatred towards your job. This is known as burnout.
Burnout used to be classified as a problem related to life management, but last week the World Health …

Improving vaccination rates in pregnancy

Increasingly, pregnant women are heeding the warnings about the dangers of pertussis and getting vaccinated but the same does not appear to be happening with influenza protection.
According to an Australian retrospective analysis, pertussis vaccination of pregnant women in Victoria increased from 38% in 2015 to 82% two years later. However, …

Smartvax

May 29, 2019

It’s only been around a few years, but this little bit of technology has already received world wide acclaim for its ability to improve the safety of vaccines in the real-world setting.
In simple terms, Smartvax is a program practices install into their software system that sends an SMS directly to …

Gene-directed prescribing coming to general practice

It’s been around for some time now. The idea of checking a person’s genes to guide appropriate prescribing is not new. It is pretty much standard practice when treating many if not most cancers.
But pharmacogenomics in general practice? Looking at an individual’s genetic variants to work out the best treatment …

Lactose intolerance and genetic testing

A genetic test is now available to assist in the diagnosis of lactose intolerance in both children and adults.
Key points

Lactose intolerance affects approximately 75% of the population.
Genetic testing can confirm lactose tolerance (also referred to as lactase persistence).
The test differentiates between primary lactose intolerance, due to lactase deficiency, and secondary …

One in 10 patients have ongoing concussion symptoms

May 22, 2019

Concussion is a temporary disturbance in brain function following an impact to the head. It can also occur after a blow to the body, if the force is transmitted to the head.
Most people associate concussion with sports but they can occur anywhere, even at work or school.
There are many signs …

All benzos risky in pregnancy

Benzos increase the risk of having a miscarriage in early pregnancy, regardless of whether you’re taking a short-acting one for insomnia or a longer-acting one for anxiety, Canadian researchers say.
According to their large case-controlled study involving almost 450,000 pregnancies, benzodiazepine exposure in early pregnancy was associated with an 85% higher …

How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives

May 15, 2019

When Ellen Maud Bennett died a year ago, her obituary published in the local newspaper gained national media attention in Canada, though she wasn’t a celebrity.
Bennett’s obituary revealed she died from cancer days after finally being diagnosed — after years of seeking help.
Her diagnosis came so late, beyond the point …