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How music therapy can help anxious children

October 16, 2019

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 …

Nursing homes need to provide multicultural care

Do nursing home staff know and respect your cultural background or language? Here’s why that’s important.
This week, the aged care royal commission looks at diversity in aged care, an issue becoming increasingly relevant to both residents and the staff who care for them.
Diversity includes gender, sexual orientation, religion and social …

New study links vitamin C therapy to better survival rates after sepsis

October 02, 2019

A common outcome of all types of infection, sepsis can be debilitating and even deadly.
New research into using vitamin C therapy may lead to a drastic reduction in mortality rates, better outcomes for survivors and help ease the burden the condition places on hospitals.
In a study led by Virginia Commonwealth …

Measles outbreak strikes Perth, five infected

Measles has been all but eradicated in Western Australia for the last 20 years. In the past week, an ‘unprecedented’ outbreak has seen five people infected in the Rockingham area of Perth.
The outbreak is believed to have been started by a man visiting from New Zealand, where there have been …

Home grown cannabis to be legal in the ACT. Now what?

The Australian Capital Territory took the next step towards regulation of the illicit drug market yesterday with new legislation passing through parliament.
The legislation, which won’t come into effect until January 31, 2020, allows cultivation and possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use for anyone over 18 years.
However, the …

Help for LGBTI patients

Here is a useful resource for those GPs who have patients who are struggling with issues related to their sexuality and need more specifically tailored support.
Even though there is much more awareness and openness about different sexual orientations, it is likely GPs will appreciate the support of this free counselling …