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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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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Oncolytic Virotherapy: The avant-garde approach to oncological treatment via infectious agents

By Kok-Ho Ho | Volume 4, Issue 2 2014

Over the past twenty years, advances in translational medicine have resulted in new and exciting treatments in the area of oncology. New modalities have arisen out of the need to address existing limitations in conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. What started out as an outrageous idea in the 20th century to use potentially [...]  Read More →

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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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