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Old Doc, New Data: Mild asthma strategies

Mild asthma is a disease that every GP manages most days. We are guided by our National Asthma Council recommendations in the treatment of simple, mild asthma. For many patients, the use of intermittent short-acting bronchodilators is the easiest and usually an adequate strategy. Some patients with more frequent symptoms will require some form of […]

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Old Doc, New Drug: Umeclidinium

When I first saw the name of this medication… I honestly thought that some smart physicist had discovered a new element way down the bottom of the period table.  Naturally, being a total chemistry nerd, I was excited… until I realised that it was in fact just another boring drug to treat the most mundane […]

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Bronchiolitis 2017: Winter is Coming

The bronchiolitis season is here! Well it is in Broome anyway.  Winter in the southern hemisphere is on the way and we are all ready for the coughing, coryzal, crackly chickens that will crowd into our cubicles soon.  Bronchiolitis is the bread ‘n butter of Paeds Emergency care – this is something we need to […]

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: What’s your spiel?

Welcome back!  It is ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK here in Australia. The slogan I have been pushing with my trainees is: “Take time to have the chat, Don’t just write the script.” Of course, that “chat” can turn nasty!  We have trained generations of families to expect, crave and depend upon the magical pills to cure […]

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PEMLit Review: Ultrasound for bronchiolitis?

Hi Broome Dockers I started following and reading the PEMLit blog a while ago and have found it a really useful tool for staying abreast of all the latest from the Paeds ED and hospital literature.  You should definitely check it out.  Anyway, since I am always banging on about all things ultrasound and chests […]