News 19 January 2018 by Geir O'Rourke

'Harder than it sounds': Doctors back out of rural contract obligations

Some 100 doctors who signed up to work in the bush in return for university scholarships have backed out of their contracts, new figures reveal. The Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship has been awarded to 1,515 medical students since launching in 2001.
News 19 January 2018 by Antony Scholefield

GP cleared over wine gifts and fitness-to-drive assessment

A GP has been cleared of wrongdoing after accepting bottles of wine from an elderly patient he later assessed as fit to drive.
News 19 January 2018 by Amanda Davey

Medical Must-See: Snap, crackle, pop - when a sneeze turned nasty

Don't hold your nose and close your mouth when you sneeze, say the authors of a case study involving a young man who managed to rupture the back of his throat during this manoeuvre.
News 18 January 2018 by Amanda Davey

4 key reproductive factors that increase women's CVD risk

Recent studies have offered conflicting results on the link between women’s reproductive health history and cardiovascular disease. This prompted a further assessment by researchers from the George Institute at Oxford and the University of NSW.
News 18 January 2018 by Jocelyn Wright

Bariatric surgery patients live longer, healthier lives, follow-up shows

Patients with obesity who opt for bariatric surgery over traditional weight-loss efforts fair better long term in their overall health and mortality, according to findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
News 18 January 2018 by Paul Smith

New STI test said to help GPs avoid futile antibiotics

GPs are being urged to use a new diagnostic test for the sexually transmitted pathogen Mycoplasma genitalium which can detect whether the strain will be resistant to first-line antibiotic treatment.
News 18 January 2018 by Paul Smith

TGA under fire for 'endorsing pseudoscience'

The TGA’s list of official clinical indications for complementary medicine endorses pseudoscience and encourages the CAM industry to evade showing scientific proof of efficacy, critics say.
News 17 January 2018 by Jocelyn Wright

Findings on whiplash management a blow for GPs

There are new concerns that GPs may be ordering too many X-rays and CT scans for patients with suspected whiplash injuries. Using BEACH data, researchers ran through 291,100 patient encounters with nearly 3000 GPs of which 137 consults were for whiplash-associated disorders.
News 17 January 2018 by Antony Scholefield

'Regulate Chong channels': Read the TGA's new list of alternative medicine indications

The TGA has drawn up a curious list of official clinical indications for complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), including “warm your Yang” and “regulate Chong channels”.
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A patient explains: How I went blind - then started hearing colours

NEWS REVIEW Just 72 hours — that’s all it took for me to lose my sight entirely, and for my hands and feet to feel like they were encased in ice.