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Modern-day PSA screening
Dr Linda Calabresi
GP and Medical Editor
“The concept of age-related PSA levels is actually out of date” says Brisbane urologic oncologist Dr Ian Vela, at least when it comes to suspecting prostate cancer. Whereas in the past clinicians would be reassured by levels that remained in the age-related reference range, these days it is considered more important to note the trend of the PSA levels over time as well as the absolute valueRead more>>
Hyperkalaemia – harmless artefact or medical emergency?
Dr Lawrie Bott
General Pathologist and Chief Medical Officer, Sonic Healthcare, Australian Pathology
Elevated potassium is one of the most vexing problems faced by a clinician because of the difficulty knowing whether an elevated level (for example, 7.5mmol/L) is a harmless artefact or imminently lethal hyperkalaemia. The clinical background is critical to interpretation. Read more>>
Managing young people with ADHD – from personal experience
A firsthand account of how young people with ADHD can be supported to thrive.
The usual medical focus in articles about ADHD is on how to support the family that is coping with a child with ADHD. Another common focus is about the misdiagnosis of ADHD, and how medication is overprescribed. This article is different. Read more>>

Breast Implants and Complications
Prof Rodney Cooter,
Plastic Surgeon and President of the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies

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Implementing the New Therapeutic Guidelines for Mild Asthma (31 mins)
Prof Peter Wark
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Specialist 

In this podcast, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Specialist Prof Peter Wark will cover asthma diagnosis in primary care, the role of anti-inflammatory treatment, and the new treatment options for people with mild to moderate asthma.

Infective Meningitis (10 mins)
Dr James Newcombe
Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician; Royal North Shore Hospital and Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology

In this Healthed video interview, Dr James Newcombe talks us through the common causes of infective meningitis.

An increasing number of countries are banning e-cigarettes – here’s why

The White House recently announced plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes – except for tobacco-flavoured products – because of a rise in the number of middle and high school students using these products... Read more>>

Migraine sufferers needlessly enduring agonising pain

Roughly 15 per cent of the population suffer from migraines, but as well as being one of the most common neurological conditions it’s also one of the most underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed... Read more>>

Antidepressants work, just not how scientists thought they worked

Most clinical trials of antidepressants were done decades ago in people with severe depression recruited from specialist mental health services. Yet most people who take these drugs have mild to moderate depression... 
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PIP payments to flow without data, for a while

GP bodies remain uneasy with data-sharing arrangements under the Practice Incentive Payment – Quality Improvement, despite having won a reprieve of sorts without sacrificing the payments promised...
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Progesterone: a compounding problem?

If your patient is given the choice between a medicine that has been heavily researched, has proven safety data, is strictly regulated for quality and consistency, and a medicine that claims to have its origin in wild yam or soy and has no evidence for either efficacy or safety, which one are they likely to choose do you think? Read more>>

Exercise – the underutilised antidepressant

Physical activity not only helps prevent depression, but should be considered an effective therapeutic option for patients who already have the condition, researchers say... Read more>>
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