Therapy Update 14 February 2012 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

Garlic (Allium sativum) in general practice

GARLIC’S medicinal properties for the prevention and treatment of diseases are recorded in many ancient medical texts.1   Garlic has a long tradition of use to boost the immune system and may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties.2,3 
Therapy Update 07 February 2012 Professor Nick Zwar

Investigating traveller's diarrhoea

Not everything a traveller returns home with is welcomed.
Therapy Update 31 January 2012 Dr Maureen Rogers

Mastocytosis

Mastocytosis is a general term referring to a group of conditions with clinical features caused by mast cell infiltration of tissues and the release of chemical mediators, including histamine, prostaglandin D2, heparin, proteases, leukotrienes and chemotactic factors from these cells.
Therapy Update 27 January 2012 Cheree Corbin

Healthy eating made easy

Have a look in the mirror, well-known nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton suggests, and everything you see was once in your food.
Therapy Update 24 January 2012 Dr Phil Sale, Dr Nirmal Patel

Updating otitis media management

In this article, we examine the evolving role of antibiotics, the impact of vaccines, the changing complications of acute otitis media and we review the indications for grommets.
Therapy Update 17 January 2012 Dr Teresa Lee, Dr Geoffrey Chang

Managing post-mastectomy pain

Early intervention and referral are the keys to preventing ongoing chronic pain.
Therapy Update 15 November 2011 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

To sleep, perchance to dream

Management of insomnia should first address lifestyle and behavioural factors such as poor sleep hygiene, caffeine intake, and regular daily exercise.
Therapy Update 17 October 2011 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

Chasteberry for treating PMS

THE herb chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus [VAC]) is native to the Mediterranean region. The Greeks named it from agnos castus, meaning ‘chaste’, and it was used by priests and nuns to help suppress sexual desires. 
Therapy Update 20 September 2011 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

Alternative treatments for anxiety

Anxiety is a common GP presentation1 and there are many non-drug approaches that may help reduce anxiety symptoms.2,3Meditation
Therapy Update 28 June 2011 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

Vitamin D deficiency: a public health issue

Vitamin D deficiency is fast developing into an important public health issue.