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

October 22, 2019

This article summarises, in the light of recent research, the current benefits and disadvantages of prescribing low-dose aspirin.
Written by Dr Stephen Gordon MBBS FRACP
Dr Stephen Gordon is a graduate in medicine from the University of Western Australia and trained in Cardiology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and subsequently at the …

Untangling the Weird, Wired Web of Gaming Disorder and its Classification

September 24, 2019

This article outlines the research findings about the impact of playing online video games and advises on healthy video game use.
Written by Dr Wayne Warburton BPsych Hons(1) (Macq), PhD (Macq), MAPS (Aus), MAPS (US), FISRA, and DR PHILIP TAM MA(Cantab), MBBS (Lond), FRANZCP, Cert. Child Psych.
Dr Wayne Warburton is an …

Optimising Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Presence of Renal Impairment

August 27, 2019

This article discusses the medications used in type 2 diabetes and their safety in patients with renal impairment.
Written by Dr Ivan Kuo BSc, MBBS, FRACP
Dr Ivan Kuo is an endocrinologist in Western Sydney, holding positions at Campbelltown, Camden and Nepean Hospitals. He is a clinical associate lecturer for the Western …

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

August 26, 2019

This article discusses the evidence for the use of DPP-4 inhibitors, in addition to standard care, in the management of type 2 diabetes.
Written by Prof Merlin Thomas MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Prof Merlin Thomas is a Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor Thomas is both a physician and a research …

Closing the Immunisation Gap in Older Australians

June 18, 2019

This article discusses how GPs can improve the vaccination coverage among older Australians which is currently poor despite the ready availability, safety and effectiveness of these vaccines.
Written by A/Prof Michael Woodward AM, MB, BS, MD, FRACP, and A/Prof John Litt MB, BS, DRACOG, MSc(Epid), FRACP, FAFPHM, PhD
A/Prof Michael Woodward is …

Cardiovascular Risk and Testosterone Supplementation

June 06, 2019

This article examines the evidence for the cardiovascular safety of testosterone replacement therapy in older men with non-specific symptoms and unexplained low testosterone levels.
Written by Prof Robert I McLachlan, FRACP, PhD, AM
Professor Robert McLachlan is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research is the Director …

Toddler Nutrition

February 14, 2019

This article provides a framework for assessing a child’s nutrition and intake, identifying if there are problems and practical strategies to help manage these.
Written by Katie Marks, B. Sc. (Nutr) (Hons), USyd
Katie is a paediatric dietitian working in gastroenterology, hepatology and nephrology. She has special interests in nutrition and assessment …

Combining SGLT2 and DPP-4 Inhibition in Type 2 Diabetes

January 09, 2019

This article discusses the evidence for using a combination of SGLT2 inhibitors & DPP-4 inhibitors in addition to standard care for the management of type 2 diabetes and its complications.
Written by Prof Merlin Thomas, MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Prof Merlin Thomas is a Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor Thomas …

The Use of Hormones in Menopausal Therapy and Contraception: Coming Full Circle

December 17, 2018

This article discusses the history of hormonal therapy in menopause and contraception.
Written by Dr Terri Foran MB BS (Syd), MClin Ed (UNSW), FAChSHM
Dr Terri Foran is a Sexual Health Physician with special interests in contraception, menopause issues and the management of sexually transmitted infections. She is presently engaged in clinical …

Diabetes in the Older Adult

December 13, 2018

This article discusses the complications and considerations associated with managing older patients with type 2 diabetes and the need for an individualised approach.
Written by Prof Merlin Thomas, MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Prof Merlin Thomas is a Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor Thomas is both a physician and a research …

Managing Diabetes in Patients with Liver Disease

December 04, 2018

This article discusses how to assess abnormal liver function in a patient with type 2 diabetes, and the importance of managing this condition to improve long-term health outcomes.
Written by Prof Merlin Thomas, MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Prof Merlin Thomas is a Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor Thomas is both …

DPP-4 Inhibitors: Similarities and Differences

This article discusses the latest evidence on the incidence and prevalence of Traveller’s Diarrhoea, and how it is best prevented, assessed and treated.
Written by Prof Merlin Thomas, MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Prof Merlin Thomas is a Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor Thomas is both a physician and a research …