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[4 min read] Immunotherapy for alopecia

alopecia

At what rate is contact immunotherapy associated with satisfactory hair regrowth in patients with alopecia areata? Contact immunotherapy with diphenylcyclopropenone or squaric acid dibutyl ester is a preferred treatment for severe alopecia areata; however, the defined criteria for therapeutic hair regrowth and regrowth rate have been highly heterogeneous across studies. An analysis aimed to summarise […]

[WEBINAR] Medical Nutrition Management with Prof Liz Isenring

medical nutrition management webinar

Professor Liz Isenring, Head of Bond University’s Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program, discusses why Medical Nutrition Management is the must-know information for GPs wanting to address underlying conditions and work towards solutions that will improve patient outcomes.

[6 min read] 5 conditions better managed with nutrition care in general practice

nutrition

The World Health Organisation reports that there is a strong relationship between diet and some major chronic diseases. Here are just five of the conditions general practitioners commonly see in primary care that can be better managed when patients receive effective medical nutrition support from their GP.

[8 min read] Talking to your patients about weight management

weight

As a general practitioner, you are in an ideal position to talk with patients about weight management. Here is how you can address this sensitive topic in your day to day practice. Why talk with your patients about their weight? Around 63 per cent of Australian adults are obese. Excess weight puts people at risk […]

[8 min read] Do your patients ask you about the keto diet?

Keto diet

Recently, there has been growing interest in the ketogenic diet. Do you have the knowledge to deal with the increasing number of patients asking whether the diet is safe and recommended for them? Despite the recent hype, the ketogenic (or keto) diet has actually been used in medicine for almost 100 years to treat epilepsy, […]

[6 min read] Why GPs need to increase their understanding of sleep disorders and snoring

sleep disorders

Why is it important for general practitioners to increase their understanding of mainstream sleep disorders and snoring? As community awareness about inadequate sleep rapidly grows – boosted by publicity around excess screen time – more and more people are trying to self-manage their sleep patterns. Commonly, they gather data from smart watches and apps that […]

[3 min read] Why GPs and skin cancer doctors are best placed to provide aesthetic services

aesthetic services

Why are general practitioners and skin cancer doctors ideally positioned to provide aesthetic services in their practice? The latest trends in health and skin care result in an increased demand for skin repair and rejuvenation services – and skilled practitioners. Patients with clinical skin conditions prefer to receive these services from a trusted, qualified doctor […]

[4 min read] Spin strategies used in reporting of dermatologic literature

spin strategies

In scientific literature, what spin strategies do authors use to improve or skew the interpretation of their findings? Spin – reporting that distorts the interpretation of results – is not unusual within scientific literature. A study appraised the spin strategies employed in dermatologic literature – specifically among a collection of placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trials of […]

[6 min read] Childhood atopic dermatitis: genetic, clinical and environmental factors

atopic dermatitis

What are the genetic, clinical and environmental factors associated with persistent atopic dermatitis in childhood?

[5 min read] The importance of nutrition care in general practice

nutrition

Why is it worthwhile for general practitioners to be knowledgeable in nutrition? GP visits for chronic disease management increased substantially between 1998 and 2008. Patients presenting for the management of hypertension increased from 8.3 to 9.9 per 100 encounters; type 2 diabetes mellitus from 2.6 to 3.7; and lipid disorders from 2.5 to 3.7. In 2010, chronic […]

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