Examining the Evidence 02 September 2014 Dr Michael Tam

Does caffeine help with migraine?

Matt, a 35-year-old lawyer, mentioned in passing that when he had a migraine, he took a couple of tablets of paracetamol with a double-shot espresso. Caffeine is also available in combination over-the-counter analgesics. What is the evidence?
Therapy Update 06 August 2014 Dr Roberta Chow

Treating pain with lasers

Low-level laser therapy can achieve good pain relief in a range of conditions. Chronic pain is a common and debilitating condition, costing Australia $34 billion in 2007 and $634 billion annually in the US.1
Therapy Update 30 August 2013 Dr Karl Ng

Neurophysiological tests

Many primary care physicians are unfamiliar with neurophysiological tests, and their utility in the diagnosis of focal nerve compressions and various neurological conditions.
Therapy Update 11 April 2013 Dr James Best

Could it be autism?

Knowing when to suspect autism spectrum disorder is the key to early diagnosis and intervention. Xavier is brought in by his mother for his 18-month vaccination.
Therapy Update 14 March 2013 Dr Karl Ng

Therapeutic uses for botox

More commonly known for its cosmetic uses, botulinum toxin also has several valuable therapeutic indications. It has been many decades since botulinum toxin was first used in the 1970s for strabismus.
Therapy Update 14 November 2012 Professor Brian Draper

An early warning

Younger onset dementia is pragmatically defined by the onset of symptoms before the age of 65. Based on anecdotal reports, there appears to have been a recent increase in the number of younger people diagnosed with the condition.
Therapy Update 18 September 2012 Professor Mark Yates, Professor Dimity Pond

The dementia pathway

When cognitive change begins to appear in a family member, the GP is often the first port of call. GPs play a key role in the care of people with dementia.
Therapy Update 02 July 2012 Dr David Burke

Assessing capacity

Doctors are frequently faced with the need to obtain informed consent from their patients for health-related issues.