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The rate of medications dispensed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children aged 17 and under increased by 30% between 2013-14 and 2016-17. The Australian Atlas for Healthcare Variation, released on Tuesday, shows around 14,000 prescriptions were dispensed per 100,000 children…

You’re working a night shift in the emergency department. One of your first patients of the night is a young male who has presented with hallucinations. You take him into a consult room and begin your history and proceed to a physical examination. While auscultating his heart he stares intently at…

Bullying, harassment and other unprofessional behaviours are culturally ingrained in the Australian health-care system. As we outline on Monday in the Medical Journal of Australia, between one-quarter and half of doctors and nurses in Australia have been bullied, discriminated against or harassed at…

For most doctors requiring Advanced Life Support (ALS) credentialing, the last time they actually utilised it was when they did their last credentialing. Outside of an emergency department (ED) setting it up is an infrequent event. However, we recognise the need to maintain the skills, as many of us…

New Australian autism guidelines, released this week, aim to provide a nationally consistent and rigorous standard for how children and adults are assessed and diagnosed with autism, bringing to an end the different processes that currently exist across the country. There is no established biological…

The common weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) is back in the news after a US court ruled it contributed to a man’s terminal cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Following the court’s order for manufacturer Monsanto to compensate the former school ground’s keeper US$289 million, more than 9,000 people…

The American Medical Association recently retracted six papers co-authored by food consumption and psychology researcher, Brian Wansink, in three of its journals. These studies include two showing that large bowl sizes encourage us to eat more, and that shopping when hungry leads us to buy more calorie-dense…

  Leaked details of the new iPhone models were quickly relegated to second tier headlines after Apple’s latest product announcement. More people seem to be excited about the fact that the new Apple Watch will come with a built-in heart monitoring electrocardiogram (ECG) function. An ECG is a…

Avant’s event ‘Medical manslaughter – could it happen here?’ was attended by a cross-section of doctors from all specialties and career stages, and prompted a stimulating discussion on the use of doctors’ reflective statements. Chaired by Dr Penny Browne, Chief Medical Officer, Avant, the…

Antipsychotic medications were initially developed to treat schizophrenia, a mental health condition characterised by psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. Because of their sedative effects, antipsychotic medications (such as risperidone, olanzapine, quetiapine and haloperidol) are…