[3 min read] Research review: “Ring pressure sign” in dermoscopy

ring pressure sign

Have you ever noticed a ring around a cutaneous lesion you have been observing through the dermatoscope for a long time? Have you ever wondered what it stands for? Continue reading “[3 min read] Research review: “Ring pressure sign” in dermoscopy”

[5 min read] Importance of childhood nutrition

childhood nutrition

Healthy eating for children does not have to be complicated. Nutritional requirements for children are like those of adults; they simply require different amounts of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Focusing on a well-balanced diet and establishing beneficial eating habits not only aids in brain and bone development and a strong immune system (1), but also has a positive influence on preventing chronic diseases and improving mental health (2).
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[9 min read] Medicinal cannabis and anorexia

anorexia

Cachexia is a condition, also known as ‘wasting syndrome’, characterised by loss of body mass associated with an underlying medical condition such as HIV, tuberculosis, autoimmune conditions, cancer and cancer treatments – to mention a few. Continue reading “[9 min read] Medicinal cannabis and anorexia”

[8 min read] Treating spider veins with sclerotherapy

sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for varicose veins. Some other types of vascular malformations and cosmetic issues can also improve with this procedure. In aesthetic medicine, sclerotherapy primarily treats telangiectasia (spider veins).
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[5 min read] Inflamed seborrheic keratosis: A great mimic of malignancy

seborrheic keratosis

Our first research commentary for 2022 is from the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, a paper from Spain, that looks at inflamed seborrheic keratoses (iSK) and how they are a great mimic of malignancy. Continue reading “[5 min read] Inflamed seborrheic keratosis: A great mimic of malignancy”

[9 min read] Medicinal cannabis and epilepsy

epilepsy

Treating epilepsy and other conditions that manifest with seizures using medical cannabis has been one of the major topics covered in the media surrounding medicinal cannabis. Witnessing some cases of children with epilepsy showing dramatic changes when prescribed medicinal cannabis formulations has been a driving force behind regulatory changes around the world.
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[5 min read] How to manage pressure sores in general practice

pressure sores

Pressure sores (ulcers) present as injuries to the skin and underlying tissues. They develop locally, as a result of long-term pressure, and usually above prominent bony structures such as:

  • Sacrum (tailbone),
  • Elbows,
  • Back,
  • Heels,
  • Back of the head, and
  • Buttocks

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[6 min read] Identifying & managing domestic abuse victims in primary care

Domestic violence is estimated to affect up to one in six Australian women in their adult lifetime, and in 75 per cent of cases, the perpetrator is male. A general practitioner (GP) will expect to see one or two female patients each week who are victims of domestic abuse. Continue reading “[6 min read] Identifying & managing domestic abuse victims in primary care”

[5 min read] Medical nutrition approaches for chronic disease management

chronic disease

Encouraging a balanced and healthful diet in patients promotes the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. One in five deaths globally – about 11 million deaths – are associated with poor diet (1), emphasising the importance of dietary pattern-based approaches in medical nutrition therapy, particularly in primary care settings. Dietary patterns represent the overall combination of foods usually eaten by a patient, which together produce synergistic health effects (2).
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[8 min read] Common fungal infections of the skin

fungal infections

Fungal infections of the skin can be quite common even in otherwise healthy individuals. The most commonly encountered skin infections caused by fungi are due to dermatophytes. These infections are generally diagnosed by history and confirmed by microscopic evaluation of skin scrapings or by biopsy. Dermatophyte infections can involve any surface of the body including scalp, feet, groin, and nails. Continue reading “[8 min read] Common fungal infections of the skin”