- Written by Dr Jane Barker
As medical knowledge expands exponentially it becomes increasingly apparent how little we actually know about the miracle that is the human body. In medical school we are taught by a formula - Diagnosis + evidence based management= patient cured.
Just as simple and straight-forward as that!
Alas, this formula is inherently flawed as we very rarely cure disease, more often only managing to halt progression through continuing treatment.
How different if were car mechanics working on ‘patients’ that do not need to have mechanical literacy for a cure to work, nor are they influenced by belief systems and past experience. Yet while cars are exceedingly simple compared to the human body, the major factor affecting their “wellness” is the same one that makes the simplistic medical formula flawed - the human factor, a term popularised decades ago by the title of one of Graham Greene’s best known novels, yet too often ignored..
- Written by David Guest
Dr Amy Scott has joined Drs Adam Boyce and James Bull at Oncology North Coast (ONC).
Dr Scott completed her medical oncology training in Lismore last year. Prior to that she worked at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital, St George Hospital and Sutherland Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Leeds.
Dr Scott consults at Lismore Base and St Vincent's Private hospitals where she also provides inpatient care. She will consult at the Grafton Outreach Clinic on a monthly basis. She supervises chemotherapy treatment at all these facilities and also at the Clinical Trials Clinic in Lismore.
New referrals are currently being accepted for February 2016 at Oncology North Coast for all three doctors. ONC's new website is scheduled to go live in February.
- Written by Robin Osborne
The Northern NSW Local Health District will host a free quit smoking program in Lismore from Thursday, 18 February 2016.
“Helping U 2 Quit is a free quit smoking program run by trained Quit Facilitators, with programs available over three or six weeks,” NNSW LHD Health Promotion Manager Jillian Adams said.
“The Helping U 2 Quit program will help people who smoke develop their own skills and knowledge about smoking, how to quit, and how to stay a non-smoker in a supportive environment. It is a community health initiative being delivered by CHEGS Inc, in partnership with NNSW LHD Health Promotion.”
- Written by Robin Osborne
The first stage of the federal government’s review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule has recommended the removal of 23 MBS items (of 5,700 in total) from a handful of specialities
These include -
- Diagnostic imaging – 7 items
- Ear, nose, and throat surgery – 9 items
- Gastroenterology – 5 items
- Obstetrics – 1 item
- Thoracic medicine – 1 item
These MBS items were used a combined total of 52,500 times in 2014-15, and were worth $6.8 million in Medicare benefits paid, according to Health Minister Sussan Ley.
- Written by Assoc Prof Harald Puhalla, MD, FRACS, (Sponsored Article)
Over the last two decades the rates of obese and overweight women in Australia has doubled. The NHMRC conducted a survey in 2007/2008 (published 2010) revealing that 30.9% of the female Australian population were overweight (BMI 25-30 kg/m2) and 24% were obese (BMI> 30 kg/m2). The metabolic effects of excess adipose tissue contributed to ill health independent of the increased fatty tissue itself.
The role of adipose tissue is to produce various hormones (e.g. Leptin, Resisitin) and cytocines (e.g. tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6) which have the ability to interact with many organ systems. Excess adipose tissue affects these usually helpful intercellular messengers and contributes significantly to the development of chronic diseases, affecting health and well being.
Obesity affects men and women differently, with women having the higher risk for some of the diseases listed below. In addition, they have the burden of illnesses specific to obese females.