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Placebos in general practice: are they ethical?

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Placebos in general practice: are they ethical?

There is widespread confusion among GPs as to whether prescribing placebos to patients is ethical or even legal, according to new research.

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Self monitoring blood glucose debatable

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Self monitoring blood glucose debatable

The ongoing debate about the value of patients with type 2 diabetes self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) has reared its head once again, with more research finding it makes no difference to glycaemic control.

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Wheat avoidance a public health issue

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Wheat avoidance a public health issue

More than a million Australians have become ‘wheat avoiders’ after self diagnosing themselves as intolerant to products such as bread, pasta and breakfast cereals, a major national study has found.

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Primigravida smokers do it all again

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Primigravida smokers do it all again

Women who smoke in their first pregnancy are likely to continue to puff away in subsequent pregnancies even if they experienced a poor outcome initially, Australian research shows.

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Don’t worry, be happy ... and work!

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Don’t worry, be happy ... and work!

The number of practising GPs may be at an all time high yet many are set on reducing their working hours, pointing to a drop in job satisfaction among Australian doctors, researchers say.

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Vitamin D no wonder drug

Vitamin D no wonder drug

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Prescribing vitamin D supplements to prevent falls is futile, New Zealand researchers say, contradicting findings from earlier studies and adding weight to growing evidence that it is far from the…

Much needed boost for Healthy Kids Check

Much needed boost for Healthy Kids Check

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GPs and practice nurses have shown a reluctance to embrace the Healthy Kids Check initiative citing time and reimbursement related barriers as reasons for their inaction.

Wheat avoidance a public health issue

Wheat avoidance a public health issue

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More than a million Australians have become ‘wheat avoiders’ after self diagnosing themselves as intolerant to products such as bread, pasta and breakfast cereals, a major national study has found.

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Self monitoring blood glucose debatable

Nicola Garrett

Self monitoring blood glucose debatable

The ongoing debate about the value of patients with type 2 diabetes self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) has reared its head once again, with more research finding it makes no difference to glycaemic…

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World Watch

GP gives ulcer drug to pregnant women

Amanda Davey

GP gives ulcer drug to pregnant women

A New Zealand doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct for giving four women misoprostol to induce abortions.

Doctors used as pawns

Michael Woodhead

Doctors used as pawns

An Israeli court has ordered the Health Ministry to allow 55 doctors who studied medicine at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem to take physician licensing exams

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Is it time to rethink gastric banding BMIs?

Is it time to rethink gastric banding BMIs?

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The question of whether gastric banding should be offered to all overweight patients has been mooted often. 6minutes talks to the lead author of some new Australian research that may change minds for…

Street-use of Seroquel (Susie-Q) rising

Street-use of Seroquel (Susie-Q) rising

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The antipsychotic quetiapine (Seroquel) is becoming increasing popular as a drug of abuse on the streets of Australia, a new study suggests. 6minutes talks to drug misuse expert Professor Paul Haber…

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