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Top 5 Monographs of 2019

Medical experts have been writing tirelessly all this year to provide their insights into some of the biggest developments in best medical practice. It’s easy miss these updates when they come in the midst of busy work periods however, which is why Healthed is now bringing you a summary of our most impactful monographs of 2019.

Catch up on or revise these important articles covering a whole range of topics, from diabetes to depression. There’s something relevant to nearly any medical professional, and the monograph format ensures you receive the vital, practical takeaways plus some background information to put them into context.


1. Toddler Nutrition

Katie Marks

Paediatric Dietician, The Children’s Doctor

Ensuring young children are getting proper nutrition is an issue of great concern to many parents, but it can be tricky even for health professionals to distinguish normal and concerning eating in this age group. Katie Marks relates how to assess toddler nutrition, when to refer, and how to reassure parents about their child’s food intake. She also outlines common contributors to fussy eating, and the positive strategies parents can use instead.

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2. DPP-4 Inhibition: Playing the Long Game in Type 2 Diabetes

Prof Merlin Thomas

Physician and Research Scientist; Professor of Medicine, Monash University

As a relatively new class of medication for the rapidly changing area of diabetes management, many health professionals may still be getting to grips with how best to make use of DPP-4 Inhibitors. Professor Thomas outlines how this new option can improve existing therapies without significantly increasing risk. The cardivascular, renal and pancreatic safety of DPP-4 Inhibitors are all considered.

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3. A Real Advantage or a Real Problem? The Updated Story of Low-dose Aspirin

Dr Stephen Gordon

Cardiologist, Western Cardiology at St John of God Health Care

Low-dose aspirin has been prescribed for a diverse range of conditions, but the evidence base for both the benefits and risks of a number of these applications has recently shifted. Dr Gordon discusses both the changes to prescription guidelines themselves and the reasons for them. Ensure you’re prescribing low-dose aspirin appropriately, according to these new findings.

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4. MDD: Management and Choosing Between Antidepressants

Prof Malcolm Hopwood

Psychiatrist; Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit, University of Melbourne, Albert Road Clinic (ARC)

One of the biggest challenges in treating MDD is patient noncompliance with treatment. Prof Hopwood points out that in many cases this is because health professionals haven’t worked with patients to identify their priorities. He then outlines the specific steps involved in shared decision making with patients, including discussing the potential side effects of medication.

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5. Optimising Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Presence of Renal Impairment

Dr Ivan Kuo

Endocrinologist, Nepean and Campbelltown Hospitals

Dr Kuo cuts through the confusion of new medication options for managing type 2 diabetes, with a particular focus on how they can be most safely used with patients who also have renal impairment. A common comorbidity of T2D, renal impairment poses significant challenges to effective management. Learn how to choose the right medication and dosing for each patient to ensure both glycaemic control and cardiovascular risk reduction.

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