A new paradigm for assessment of learning outcomes among Australian medical students: in the best interest of all medical students?

By David Wilkinson | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Truism: a claim that is so obvious or self-evident as to be hardly worth mentioning, except as a reminder or as a rhetorical or literary device. Assertion: a proposition that is repeatedly restated regardless of contradiction. “Medical education in Australia is a world-class system, and produces doctors of the highest capability.” Truism or assertion? I […]  Read More →

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Genomic medicine

By John Mattick | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

The last decade has seen an extraordinary revolution in the technology of DNA sequencing. This has meant that the cost of sequencing a human genome has dropped from nearly a billion dollars in 2001, when the first draft of a human sequence was completed, to less than $10,000 today (Figure 1). [1] We’re now seeing […]  Read More →

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The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health

By Helen Caldicott | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Due to my personal concerns regarding the ignorance of the world’s media and politicians about radiation biology after the dreadful accident at Fukushima in Japan, I organized a 2 day symposium at the NY Academy of Medicine on March 11 and 12, 2013, titled ‘The Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima,’ which was addressed by […]  Read More →

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Approaching autism

By Randal Moldrich & Catherine Marraffa | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a social communication disorder in someone displaying repetitive and restrictive interests. Diagnosed in early childhood, children struggle to develop social relationships required for further learning and independent living. This article discusses changes to the diagnosis, how the diagnosis is made, the prevalence, causes and interventions. Importantly, this review guides medical students... 

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The B Positive Program as a model to reduce hepatitis B health disparities in high-risk communities in Australia

By Gloria Fong | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

As the epicentre for the highest incidence of liver cancer diagnosis in New South Wales, southwest Sydney is simultaneously home to a large number of first generation migrants from Southeast Asia. Alarmingly, these individuals are six to twelve times more likely to be diagnosed with liver cancer than Australian born individuals. This article aims to […]  Read More →

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Oral Health – An important target for public policy?

By Luke Mclean | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction A healthy mouth is something we take for granted. We use our mouths to speak, to eat and to socialise without pain or significant embarrassment. Yet when oral disorders develop the impacts can extend well beyond the domains of speech, chewing, and swallowing to sleep, productivity, self-esteem and consequently quality of life. Despite the […]  Read More →

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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil: Tanzania’s struggles with the HIV epidemic

By Michael Weightman | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Nestled on the south-eastern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania, the sprawling village of Machame emerges from the surrounding rainforest. This village is home to the Machame Hospital, where I was fortunate enough to undertake a month-long elective before commencing my final year of medical school. This elective was a challenging, yet enriching experience, […]  Read More →

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Reproductive Healthcare in Latin America: Perspectives from a Guatemalan Elective

By Catherine McHugh | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

If medicine is to fulfill her great task, then she must enter the political and social life. —Rudolf Virchow, founder of modern pathology An overseas elective is a time to experience medicine in another setting, and it is as much about the setting as it is about the medicine. While gunshot wounds in Johannesburg, and […]  Read More →

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Probiotics: A New Recommendation with Proton Pump Inhibitors?

By Colby Oitment | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction Clostridium difficile-Associated Diarrhoea (CDAD) is becoming a worldwide epidemic with significant patient morbidity and mortality, as well as increasing the costs to health care systems. Although CDAD is generally associated with antibiotic use, there are multiple studies demonstrating that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may also be linked with CDAD. This is particularly worrisome for […]  Read More →

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Evidence based practice; keep it simple stupid

By Jasan Dannaway, Casey Maddren & Kumara Mendis | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Learning and implementing evidence based practice is an expected component of good medical practice. Synthesising evidence in an effective and timely manner is a skill that is growing in importance and relevance. Evidence based practice is widely included in medical school curricula, and information literacy skills are known to be difficult to acquire. We provide […]  Read More →

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