The role of the food industry in tackling Australia’s obesity epidemic

By Samantha Bobba | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Whilst a number of factors contribute to Australia’s rapidly rising obesity rates, the role of fast food companies in addressing the epidemic remains controversial. This report discusses the contribution of fast food companies to high obesity rates, explores the notion of corporate social responsibility, and discusses a range of government policies that could be implemented [...]  Read More →

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Chocolate, Cheese and Dr Chan: Interning at the World Health Organization Headquarters, Geneva

By Laksmi Sakura Hashimoto-Govindasamy | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction In early 2013, Ban Ki-Moon, Margaret Chan and Kofi Annan had something in common: they may be completely unaware of it, but I saw them speaking in Geneva, and not merely because I lurked around Palais de Nations. Rather, wielding my very own blue United Nations (UN) ID card as an intern at the [...]  Read More →

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A systematic review evaluating non-invasive techniques to diagnose genetic disorders in a human fetus and the ethical implications of their use

By Matthew Irwin | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Introduction: Genetic disorders are a significant cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. [1] Diagnosing a genetic disorder currently involves invasive tissue sampling which carries an increased risk of miscarriage. The discovery of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) in maternal plasma has enabled the development of non-invasive prenantal diagnostic tests (NIPD). [2,3] The scientific and ethical implications [...]  Read More →

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Management of high-grade vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia

By Sylvia Ai | Volume 4, Issue 1 2013

Vulval intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) is a condition which is increasingly prevalent, particularly in young women, [1] but is a topic rarely touched upon in medical school. The following article reviews current treatment methods for VIN, both surgical and pharmacological, as well as promising new treatment modalities still being researched. VIN is a condition in which [...]  Read More →

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Starlight stars bright

By | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

White T. Starlight: An Australian Army doctor in Vietnam. Brisbane: CopyRight Publishing; 2011. RRP: $33.00 Not many of us dream of serving as a medical doctor in the frontlines of war. War is after all the antithesis of everything the medical profession stands for. [1] In Starlight, Dr Tony White AM vividly recounts his tour [...]  Read More →

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Predicting falls in the elderly: do dual-task tests offer any added value? A systematic review

By Mina Sarofim | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

The issue of falls is a significant health concern in geriatric medicine and a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in those over 65 years of age. Gait and balance problems are responsible for up to a quarter of falls in the elderly. It is unclear whether dual- task assessments, which have become increasingly popular [...]  Read More →

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The hidden value of the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program

By Daniel Chan | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Medical students, prevocational doctors and general practitioners (GPs) may have little knowledge of the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP). This article seeks to explore the value of such placements and provide an aspiring surgeon’s reflection on a PGPPP internship placement in rural New South Wales (NSW). General practice placements for interns have been available [...]  Read More →

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Graded exposure to neurophobia: Stopping it affect another generation of students

By Benjamin Nham | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Neurophobia Neurophobia has probably afflicted you at some stage during your medical school training, whether figuring out how to correlate signs elicited from examination with a likely diagnosis, or deciphering which tract has decussated at a particular level in the neuroaxis. The disease definition of neurophobia as the ‘fear of neural sciences and clinical neurology’ [...]  Read More →

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The ethics of euthanasia

By Nargus Ebrahimi | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Introduction The topic of euthanasia is one that is shrouded with much ethical debate and ambiguity. Various types of euthanasia are recognised, with active voluntary euthanasia, assisted suicide and physicianassisted suicide eliciting the most controversy. [1] Broadly speaking, these terms are used to describe the termination of a person’s life to end their suffering, usually [...]  Read More →

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The future of personalised cancer therapy, today

By May Wong | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

With the human genome sequenced a decade ago and the concurrent development of genomics, pharmacogenetics and proteomics, the field of personalised cancer treatment appears to be a maturing reality. It is recognised that the days of ‘one-sizefi ts-all’ and ‘trial and error’ cancer treatment are numbered, and such conventional approaches will be refined. The rationale [...]  Read More →

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ISSN (Print): 1837-171X
ISSN (Online): 1837-1728
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