Therapy Update 28 March 2018 Lisa Yates

How to deal with the nutritional fallout from a scleroderma diagnosis

Screloderma can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract, leading to malnutrition. Here are some tips.Scleroderma is a chronic tissue disease that causes skin and connective tissues to thicken or harden. It’s generally classified as an autoimmune, rheumatic disease.
Therapy Update 22 March 2018 Dr Mitchell Lawlor

Refining glaucoma management and surgery

In Australia, 50% of people with glaucoma are not aware that they have it, which is a sobering statistic. Glaucoma affects 3% of the Australian population; however, the prevalence increases exponentially with age, rising to 11% for those over 80.1
Therapy Update 21 March 2018 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

The real-world story of a GP's first cannabis script

Daniela is a 42-year-old married woman who presents with a history of chronic pain related to being struck by a tram 25 years ago. She has been experiencing chronic daily occipital neuralgia, recurring vestibular neuritis and migraines.
Therapy Update 15 March 2018 Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

A post-menopausal woman's quality of life improves with simple dietary interventions

Rosa, a 56-year-old woman, presents with a problem of recurrent UTIs over the past year.  She reported that she had noticed a past propensity to develop UTIs after sex with her husband,  particularly since menopause at the age of 52. 
Therapy Update 13 March 2018 Professor Nick Zwar

Combatting malaria

The World Malaria Report released on 29 November last year suggests progress in reducing the global burden of death and disease from the disease has slowed.1 
Therapy Update 09 March 2018 Dr David Bossingham

Magic bullets - the biologics revolution

Immunotherapies are pervading many corners of medicine and there will be many more to come. These biologics typically have unpronounceable names, unintelligible modes of action, cost a lot of money and lead many to espouse the miracles they can achieve.
Therapy Update 02 March 2018 Professor Bernard Haylen

A right mesh - what's left for stress incontinence?

It would seem rare in medicine to be able to summarise the future prospects of two separate classes of active surgical therapies with a simple yes or no. 
Therapy Update 21 February 2018 Associate Professor Prue Cormie, Dr Jane Crowe

Prescribing exercise as an adjunct therapy for cancer patients

One Australian is diagnosed with cancer every four minutes.1 Cancer and its treatment can significantly compromise physical and mental health, and wellbeing.
Therapy Update 21 February 2018 Dr Annabel Dodds, Dr Mark Aldred

The hot topic of tanning

Humans value outward appearance highly, but tanning for the purposes of fashion is a relatively new practice. Historically, aesthetes tended to favour paler skin until the post-industrial era.
Therapy Update 15 February 2018 Dr Terri Foran

Testing for Zika in clucky couples

Zika virus was first identified 70 years ago but largely flew under the medical radar because the symptoms were generally mild and self-limiting. Then in 2015, an outbreak in Brazil appeared to be accompanied by a spike in Guillain–Barré syndrome.