Therapy Update 19 September 2018 Dr Carolyn Ee

How living well can keep dementia at bay

Sharon, a 41-year-old married woman, came to see me concerned about her risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Her mother had AD and lived in high-level care. Sharon asked if she should be taking any supplements to prevent dementia.
Therapy Update 11 September 2018 Professor Dedee Murrell, Dr Asli Bilgic Temel

Deciphering the myriad symptoms of Behcet's disease

Behcet's disease is characterised by systemic vasculitis affecting both veins and arteries of various sizes. It is a multigenetic inflammatory disorder of unknown aetiology.
Therapy Update 06 September 2018 Professor Jane Fisher

Detecting elder abuse in women – and what to do about it

Elder abuse is any act that causes harm to an older person. Women are at greater risk of elder abuse than men. Data from elder abuse helplines in Australia indicate that about 70% of elder abuse victims are women.
Therapy Update 05 September 2018 Dr Scott Masters

A good look at back pain

Patients presenting with low back pain are often understandably anxious. Many will request an MRI in the belief that it will reveal the cause of their pain.
Therapy Update 27 August 2018 Dr Simone Goldinger

The drugs that have cancer on the run

Attempts to improve the survival of patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma have, until recently, proven futile.
Therapy Update 20 August 2018 Dr Simone Goldinger

Taking aim at mutant genes to treat melanoma

Since 2010, there has been a massive paradigm shift in systemic melanoma therapy. Before this, no survival benefits had been demonstrated throughout a variety of clinical trials.
Therapy Update 16 August 2018 Dr Tim Aung, Dr Paul Clark

From chronic to cured of hep C

Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains a major public health challenge around the world, including Australasia.
Therapy Update 06 August 2018 Professor Nick Zwar

Patients need to be hep B prepared

Providing travel health advice involves risk assessment, taking into account “this traveller, this trip, at this time”. A key part of this typically involves the provision of advice on priorities for pre-travel precautions, including choice of vaccines.
Therapy Update 02 August 2018 Dr Nicolette Holt, Dr David Cunnington

What happens when the circadian rhythm goes wrong?

Disturbances of the circadian rhythm are becoming more prevalent in our society.
Therapy Update 26 July 2018 Associate Professor Christopher Vertullo

How GPs can block the ACL surgery spike

Young Australians are facing a growing epidemic of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Recent evidence published by Knee Research Australia reveals that ACL reconstruction rates in those aged under 25 have increased by 74% over the past 15 years.1