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Clinical Pearls in General Practice
IN-DEPTH ARTICLE
A DASH of red meat works for older patients
Dr Linda Calabresi
GP and Medical Editor
A diet well-known for lowering blood pressure can also help older patients lose fat without sacrificing muscle, according to new research. In a small study involving 36 older obese adults, researchers found that a 12-week program of controlled-feeding that included lean red meat three times a day not only resulted in significant weight loss and loss of body fat but also preserved muscle strength and function – an important determinant of good health. The DASH diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – has been proven to improve heart health, maintain cognitive function and reduce metabolic diseases such as diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease... Read more>>


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PODCAST
Coronavirus Update: Protecting your Practice, Travel Advice, and Possible Treatments
Dr Bernard Hudson
Clinical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician

By popular demand and for those who missed this highly rated video interview segment during Tuesday's webcast, we've now made this important information available via podcast. Dr Bernard Hudson shares the latest on safety in your practice, and while travelling, with GP and RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon... 
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THURSDAY TAKEAWAY
Eczema equals itch
The number one classic feature of atopic eczema is itch, even in little babies, says Dr Anne Halbert, consultant dermatologist at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. “It’s itchy right from the very start,” she says. Even in the tiniest babies you’ll see evidence of scratching... Read more>>
IN-DEPTH ARTICLE
Fentanyl now appearing on Sydney streets
On February 21 NSW Health issued a warning about methamphetamine and cocaine being contaminated with the dangerous opioid fentanyl. Several people who had taken these illicit stimulant drugs presented to Sydney hospitals with symptoms of opioid overdose, raising the alarm. Drug tests found fentanyl and acetyl-fentanyl had caused the overdoses... Read more>>
VIDEO
Managing patients with schizophrenia in General Practice - Part Four (7 mins)
Prof David Castle
Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent's Health and the University of Melbourne

Does marijuana cause schizophrenia? In the final segment of our four-part series, Professor David Castle tackles this commonly asked question. He also discusses non-pharmacological treatments, and shares his top three clinical takeaways for GPs with interviewer Dr Harry Nespolon... 
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IN THE NEWS

4 myths about polycystic ovary syndrome – and why they’re wrong

New research among women and clinicians found confusion over the name PCOS, limited evidence about the condition, and large amount of misinformation online fed into common misconceptions about PCOS... Read more>>

Antipsychotics can be life-changing, but they can also put patients at risk

People who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia can suffer extremely disabling and distressing symptoms, such as tormenting voices and paranoid thoughts. But with the right treatment, most people can live complete and fulfilling lives – thanks mainly to their antipsychotic medication... Read more>>

Everyday chemicals may affect brain development, including foetal IQ

Increasingly, the trappings of modern life are preventing thyroid hormone from playing its critical role in human brain development. This is bad news for our brains, and children’s brains in particular... Read more>>

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TMR podcast: Lessons from 1919 for COVID-19

As governments struggle to contain the unfolding pandemic, you might think we have little to learn about public health from 100 years ago... Listen>>

Smaller, lower-dose IUD wins PBS subsidy

For the past 15 years, there’s only been one hormonal intrauterine device subsidised by the PBS – the Mirena – but, as of last Friday, there are two... Read more>>

TMR podcast: Computers can’t read your clinical notes

Human language is hard for AI to wrap its circuit boards around at the best of times. But the typos, abbreviations, spelling mistakes, redundancy and messy structure of clinical notes makes it the worst-case scenario for text mining... Listen>>
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