Therapy Update 01 October 2018 Professor Helena Teede

New GP guidelines for polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine condition that can profoundly impact a woman's life. The condition affects up to 13% of non-Indigenous women, and around 21% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, of reproductive age.
Therapy Update 25 September 2018 Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown

Stop calling them blood thinners

Significant advances in cardiovascular disease management have been made in the past two decades due to an ever-increasing number of drugs that affect the human blood coagulation system.
Therapy Update 21 September 2018 Dr Jim Newcombe

Caesarean vs vaginal delivery: the risks and benefits

The overall rate of primary caesarean section in Australia in 2016 was 24%. This proportion has been slowly but steadily increasing over the past 20 years.1
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 15 September 2018 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

How pollution impacts respiratory disease in children

Evie is a six-year-old girl who attends the surgery with her mother, Josephine. The family has been living in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, next to a freeway, for about six months.
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.