Published Articles

5 new 'do not dos' for ENT procedures

For a start, doctors are being urged to reconsider antibiotics for uncomplicated acute outer ear infections.
21 March 2017

Parents overestimate benefits of antibiotics

Parents grossly overestimate the benefits of antibiotics on children's acute respiratory tract infections and their beliefs are seldom challenged by GPs, a new study suggests.
15 March 2017

10 days of antibiotics needed for otitis media

Antibiotics should be given for 10 rather than five days if used for acute otitis media in children under two, a major study has shown.
12 January 2017

Meniere's breakthrough offers safer vertigo relief

Patients with intractable Meniere's disease can get relief with steroid injections and avoid the damaging side effects of ablative treatment, a UK study shows.
22 November 2016

Which type of antibiotic prescriber are you?

A study of Australian GPs has found that doctors fall into one of three groups when it comes to prescribing antibiotics for URTIs.
03 November 2016

Phone follow-up enough for otitis media: study

Children with acute otitis media can be safely followed up with just a phone call, results from a Finnish trial suggest.
16 September 2016

Steam fails snot test for sinusitis

Steam inhalation is ineffective for chronic sinusitis whereas nasal irrigation produces long-term symptomatic and other benefits, a real-world study in primary care shows.
26 July 2016

Acupuncture shows benefit in allergic rhinitis

Acupuncture may be an option for patients with allergic rhinitis, according to Queensland researchers who found that twice-weekly treatment was effective in relieving nasal symptoms.
10 May 2016

7 ‘obsolete’ procedures being delisted from MBS

The government has confirmed that 24 ‘obsolete or underused’ MBS items are to be deleted from 1 July. We list seven of the soon-to-be-departed.
06 May 2016

Betahistine ineffective in preventing vertigo attacks

The use of betahistine in patients with vertigo has been questioned after a randomised controlled trial found it was no better than placebo in preventing attacks.
26 January 2016