From Australian Doctor, 16 August 2007:Restless legs syndrome is under-diagnosed in children and could be an underlying cause of behavioural and sleep problems, experts say.A US survey of more than 10,000 families found 1.9% of children aged 8-11 years and 2% of children aged 12-17 years met the criteria for restless legs syndrome, but only … Continue reading Restless legs diagnosis missed in kids
From Australian Doctor, 16 July 2007:Once firmly in the realm of science fiction, nanotechnology is fast becoming a medical reality – so fast that regulators are struggling to catch up. IN the classic 1960s science fiction film Fantastic Voyage, a medical team is shrunk to micrometre size and injected into the body of a dying … Continue reading Fantastic Voyage
From Australian Doctor, 6 July 2007:LANCET Stem cell therapy is being hailed as the next leap forward in urogynaecology after a trial of skeletal muscle stem cells as a treatment for stress urinary incontinence reported a 90% success rate. Read more.
From Australian Doctor, 6 July 2007:First it was a mass fainting, now unsubstantiated rumours of a link to infertility have seen some parents withdraw approval for their daughters to receive the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. Read more.
From Australian Doctor, 6 July 2007:SHARING personal information with a patient during a consultation might seem like a nice way to build a good doctor-patient relationship, but a study has found such disclosure has the opposite effect.Bringing up personal tidbits interrupted the flow of information between the doctor and patient and used up valuable patient … Continue reading Patients peeved by sharing, caring GPs
From Australian Doctor, 28 June 2007:A SYSTEM-wide failure is leaving the vast majority of overweight and obese children without any form of treatment, an expert says.As new data show one in four Australian children is overweight or obese, Professor Louise Baur, professor of paediatrics and child health at the University of Sydney, called for regular … Continue reading Help thin on the ground for obese kids
From Australian Doctor, 1 June 2006:Recording patient encounters can be a practical and useful teaching tool. THE camera can reveal some unconscious habits. When Dr Rachel Sutherland was filmed during a consultation with a patient, she discovered to her surprise that she talked far more than she thought. Read more.
From Australian Doctor, 6 April 2007:THE howling, freezing wind scours my chapped face and sucks the air from my lungs as I stagger over the rocky terrain and wonder what the heck I’m doing here. Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet is as close to hell on Earth as I’ve ever experienced. Read more.
From Australian Doctor, 24 August 2006:More carbs, fewer carbs, hypnotherapy, counselling … obese patients have tried them all. Is bariatric surgery the magic bullet for a growing problem? WHEN it comes to losing weight, surgery beats all other strategies hands down. What other method allows even the most intractably obese patients to shed 30-50% of … Continue reading Putting the squeeze on fat
From Australian Doctor, 28 November 2006:YOU can smell it in the intermingled aromas of steamed dumplings and Chanel No 5, hear it in the voices speaking Cantonese, English, Hindi and myriad other tongues and accents, and see it in the dusty noodle shop jostling for customers alongside Hugo Boss, Cartier and Versace stores. Hong Kong … Continue reading Bubbling with life