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A 33-year-old woman was seen by an obstetrician. The patient did not know if she had previously had chickenpox. Her varicella-zoster antibody titre signified non-immunity. She had not been vaccinated. Three months later, she became pregnant. She was told...
A national pharmacy-led working group dedicated to improving the quality use of medicines for older Australians has issued 10 recommendations for better integrating healthcare to provide consumer-centred medication management in the aged population. The working group was one of several...
The introduction of direct-acting antivirals therapies for hepatitis C in 2016 has contributed to a 20% decline in deaths attributed to the disease, but a drop in the number of people accessing the cure has public health authorities worried. This...
Neuropathic pain is defined as ‘pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system’.1 It is associated with impaired quality of life. Around 7–8% of adults have chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics. A quarter of people...
The recently released government inquiry into sleep health identified the extent of the nation's sleep deficit and its impact on health, risk of accidents and productivity in the workplace. The inquiry, which drew from public hearings with healthcare professionals...
As the saying goes, ‘You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em.’ Complementary medicines may also be called ‘traditional’ or ‘alternative’ medicines and include items such as vitamins, minerals, herbal products, aromatherapy and homoeopathic...
Community pharmacists are well-placed to help people with hypersensitive airways, according to allergist and APP18 presenter Dr Jessica Tattersall. Australia has some of the highest rates of allergy in the world, with 1 in 5 affected with some form such...
People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease often experience symptoms of apathy, which can be treated by pharmacological and behavioural interventions. The purpose of this evidence summary is to present the best available evidence regarding the pharmacological management of apathy in...
The TGA has approved a new preventative treatment for migraine, with a new medicine that targets the calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor. Patients experiencing migraine will soon have a new preventative medicine available that targets the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor....
There has been an increase in incidents of community-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (CA-SABs) in Victoria and Western Australia (WA). Pharmacists have a role to play in infection control and prevention. A study, which surveyed 10,320 hospital-reported S. aureus bacteraemia...