Can we prevent atopic dermatitis?

atopic dermatitis

The 76th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology brought together dermatologists and healthcare professionals in dermatology-related specialities from around the world. An interesting question was raised – of particular interest in general practice – as to whether we can prevent atopic dermatitis. Continue reading “Can we prevent atopic dermatitis?”

What is the relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome?

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What is the relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome? A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology sought to determine the association between the two conditions.

Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. Several studies have suggested a relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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Hand Eczema in Healthcare Workers

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Eczema on the hands is more common in healthcare workers than in the general population, as the hands of doctors, nurses and other medical staff are subject to increased washing and sterilisation as a result of mandatory hygiene regulations. Is there a way to curb the rate of hand eczema while maintaining workplace health standards?

A study looked at exposure to hygiene procedures and investigated the associations between occupational hand washing, use of non-sterile gloves and hand disinfectant, and self-reported hand eczema.
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[WEBINAR]: Five key elements to set up a successful practice

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In this month’s webinar with our CEO Paul Elmslie, we introduced the five key elements you need to set up a successful medical practice.

Establishing a new medical practice from the ground up can be a daunting task. How do you choose the premises and negotiate the lease? How do you build a realistic budget, finance the clinic and get the right tax advice? Who should you recruit to progress the business and deliver the best service to your patients? Paul answers these questions and more in this month’s webinar.

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Preventing Skin Problems in Newborn Babies

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What is the most effective skincare routine for reducing skin problems in newborn babies? More than 50 per cent of newborns have skin problems such as diaper dermatitis, seborrheic eczema and prickly heat. This is because newborns’ skin can easily become dry, leaving the skin vulnerable. An effective newborn skincare protocol has not been established and doctors can sometimes struggle to offer dependable advice to parents. Continue reading “Preventing Skin Problems in Newborn Babies”

New Eczema Treatment Puts Sufferers Into Remission

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A new eczema treatment approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration has been shown to put chronic sufferers into remission.

In a two-year trial of the drug Dupixent, some patients’ eczema completely disappeared within eight weeks. Continue reading “New Eczema Treatment Puts Sufferers Into Remission”

[WEBINAR]: How to maximise the performance of your clinical team

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In this month’s webinar with our CEO Paul Elmslie, we introduced strategies on how to manage your clinical team to deliver the best support to you and your patients.

What is the secret to a well-run practice that delights patients? Efficient clinical support staff are crucial in facilitating your work and maximising productivity in a fast-paced general practice. But how do you best utilise and optimise your team from the front desk, to the nursing team, to the practice manager?

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Acne Patients at Significantly Higher Risk of Major Depression

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People with acne have a significantly increased risk of developing major depression, but only in the first five years after diagnosis, according to a study recently published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Canadian researchers conducted an analysis of nearly two million people and found that people with acne are at greatest risk for major depression within a year of their diagnosis. Their risk of suffering from major depression during this time is 63 per cent higher than for people who do not suffer from the skin condition. Continue reading “Acne Patients at Significantly Higher Risk of Major Depression”

[WEBINAR] How to move your practice from bulk-billing to private billing

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In this month’s webinar with our CEO Paul Elmslie, we introduced strategies on how to move from bulk-billing to private billing.

With Medicare rebates remaining low, how do you meet the increasing cost of providing medical care in your practice? Doctors are forced to take a pay-cut, see more patients, or charge more. Most GPs will be unable to afford the first two options if they wish to continue to provide safe, efficient care to their patients and avoid burnout. If you are currently bulk-billing all or a large proportion of your patients, you may need to introduce or increase out-of-pocket expenses to ensure the sustainability of your practice.

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Standard Sunscreen Application Leaves Skin Uncovered

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Standard sunscreen application does not provide effective body coverage, leaving 11 percent of the body exposed to UV radiation, according to new research.

A study recently published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science assessed sunscreen application habits and relative body coverage after single whole-body application.

Fifty-two volunteers were asked to follow their usual sunscreen application routine. Standardised UV photographs were conducted before and immediately after product application to evaluate relative body coverage. Continue reading “Standard Sunscreen Application Leaves Skin Uncovered”