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Exercise for intermittent claudication and peripheral arterial disease.
REM sleep behaviour disorder - More than just a parasomnia.
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) is a parasomnia characterised by loss of the usual muscle atonia that occurs during REM sleep, allowing patients to act out their dreams. This article aims to draw attention to RBD, allowing early recognition and treatment. As RBD patients are...
Hairy elbows - A case study.
Case study A boy aged 6 years was referred to our clinic for evaluation of the presence of fair, thin hair on both of his elbows. This condition had first been observed when he was 2 years of age and the hair had subsequently increased in length and thickness (Figure 1). He had a history of asthma a...
Antinuclear antibody test.
The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is widely used as a serological marker of autoimmune disease. Antinuclear antibodies are immunoglobulins or antibodies that bind to one or more antigens expressed within the nucleus of human cells. Used selectively, the ANA test can be a useful laboratory tool to...
Memoirs of a medical editor: the rise and rise of AFP.
Bipolar disorder affects about 1% of Australians and impacts severely on relationships, careers and general functional capacity. General practitioners are central in the management of patients with bipolar disorder. To update clinicians on the recognition, diagnosis and management of bipolar disorde...
Emerging psychosis in adolescents--a practical guide.
Emerging psychosis is a challenging presentation for the general practitioner as there is disagreement in the literature about classification and appropriate treatment protocols. This paper highlights three main issues in primary care: recognising early signs of emerging psychosis, and how and when...
Making a difference.
Interactions between alcohol and prescription medications.
Hot water immersion for bluebottle stings.
Hot water immersion can be used to treat bluebottle (Physalia spp.) stings. Bluebottle stings are most common in non-tropical areas and can be very painful. After initial management, hot water (ideally at 42-45°C) applied to the site of the sting for 30-90 minutes can be used to manage pain. If hot...