Spontaneous regression of cancer: A therapeutic role for pyrogenic infections?

By Kok-Ho Ho | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Spontaneous regression of cancer is a phenomenon that is not well understood. While the mechanisms are unclear, it has been hypothesised that infections, fever and cancer are linked. Studies have shown that infections and fever may be involved in tumour regression and are associated with improved clinical outcomes. This article will examine the history, evidence [...]  Read More →

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The risks and rewards of direct-to-consumer genetic tests: A primer for Australian medical students

By Martin Seneviratne | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Introduction Over the last five years, a number of overseas companies, such as 23andMe, have begun to offer direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests to estimate the probability of an individual developing various diseases. Although no Australian DTC companies exist due to regulations mandating the involvement of a health practitioner, Australian consumers are free to access overseas [...]  Read More →

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The history of abdominal aortic repair: from Egypt to EVAR

By Alexander Wilton | Volume 3, Issue 2 2012

Introduction An arterial aneurysm is defined as a localised dilation of an artery to greater than 50% of its normal diameter. [1] Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is common with an incidence five times greater in men than women. [2] In Australia the prevalence of AAAs is 4.8% in men aged 65-69 years rising to 10.8% [...]  Read More →

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The only medical science textbook you need to buy?

By Toby Hulf | Volume 3, Issue 1 2012

Wilkins R, Cross S, Megson I, Meredith D. Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2011. RRP: $47.95 A complete guide to the medical sciences that fits in your pocket? Including anatomy? It sounds like something you’d find on the bookshop shelf between Refl exology at Your Fingertips and Sex Explained. [...]  Read More →

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Acute blood loss in children

By Joanna Offord | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

Hypovolaemia is the leading cause of circulatory failure in children. Effective fluid resuscitation is a mainstay of patient management and is dependent on accurate detection of blood loss or volume depletion. Calculation of blood volume in children is based on age, weight and clinical physiology and the estimation of the volume of blood lost requires [...]  Read More →

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Is mandatory pre-procedure ultrasound viewing before termination of pregnancy ethical?

By Maryam Nesvaderani | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

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Secret Diary of an Arts Graduate

By Ania Lucewicz | Volume 2, Issue 2 2011

“So, what did you do before you did medicine?” Me? Oh, I did a Bachelor of Arts. “Do you mean Science/Arts?” No, no, I mean Arts. Just plain Arts. “Honours?” No. “A minor in psychology or biology perhaps?” Nope. [Pause] “But how did you get here?” Same as you, buddy. I read some chemistry books [...]  Read More →

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National standards in medical education

By Matt Schiller, Ania Lucewicz & Timothy Yang | Volume 2, Issue 1 2011

Since 1999, the number of Australian medical schools has doubled. While this has brought about diversity, it has arguably also created a worrying lack of standardisation in the skills of graduates. National curricula are currently a hot topic, with the development of a standardised Australian curriculum for Kindergarten to Year 12 well underway. Is it [...]  Read More →

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A very good iDEA: The inaugural gathering of the student division of Doctors for the Environment Australia

By Elizabeth O’Brien et al. | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

In early December 2009, just prior to the much-hyped COP15 round of United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, 40 medical students, representing six states and eleven medical schools, descended upon Melbourne for iDEA, the inaugural gathering for the student division of Doctors for the Environment (DEA). Attendees were encouraged to be mindful of their carbon [...]  Read More →

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Complementary and alternative medicine use among children with asthma in Australia

By Kok-On Ho et al. | Volume 1, Issue 1 2010

Abstract Aim: To explore current complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by children with asthma in Australia. Methods: The results of an audit of CAM use by one of the authors (AMD) in 212 parents of children with a history of asthma, recruited from three different settings (outpatient clinic at a tertiary paediatric hospital, metropolitan [...]  Read More →

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