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This article was supported through an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Pasteur. Annual influenza vaccination is important for the entire population, except those with an absolute contraindication (e.g. allergy to a component in the vaccine, infants under 6 months).1 Learning objectives After reading...
  This article was supported through an unrestricted grant from Elevit.   Optimising the health of both female and male partners before and during pregnancy can improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes.1–3 There are many aspects of health that can be addressed, including lifestyle...
    This article was supported through an unrestricted grant from Nice Pak Products. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic musculoskeletal condition that affects the joints and periarticular structures. The changes of OA can affect the whole joint, including the cartilage, bone, synovial...
Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions in Australia, affecting an estimated one in 10 Australians.1 Despite excellent access to effective pharmacological treatments, asthma is suboptimally managed in Australia.2 Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be...
Antibiotic resistance is a global problem. Locally, it is an issue of great significance, as Australia is one of the highest users of antibiotics in the developed world. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Explain...
Globally, burns are the sixth most common injury type, and fire alone accounts for more than 300,000 deaths each year. In high-income countries such as Australia and New Zealand, burn injury incidence is lower due to regulations addressing smoke...
The term ’evidence-based medicine’ was first used in a published journal in 1992, and was formally defined in 1996 by Sacket et al as ‘the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence about the care of the...
Dementia is a progressive neurological condition characterised by a decline in cognition, memory, language and social functioning. It is most common in older people, affecting almost 10% of Australians aged 65 years or above. Learning objectives After reading this article,...
  This article was supported through an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Genzyme.   Atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema or atopic eczema, is a chronic, relapsing, inflammatory skin condition. It is characterised by xerosis (dry skin) and pruritus (itchy skin). Genetic and...
This article was supported through an unrestricted grant from Sanofi. Pain can disturb a patient’s ability to sleep.1 Consequently, patients may wake with daytime tiredness and suffer drowsy periods throughout the day. Mental alertness and the ability to operate machinery may...