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VOLUME 39, ISSUE 4
AUGUST 2016
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In an era of growing antibiotic resistance, we should ask ourselves whether antibiotics reduce the severity and duration of sinusitis and sore throat. Find out what the evidence says and how best to communicate this to patients.

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With high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes on the rise, gout is becoming more common in general practice. Its management is guided by a patient’s comorbidities and the article gives us an update on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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Mental illness is common in people with intellectual disability, as are comorbidities such as epilepsy. Although psychological therapies are the preferred first option, key factors need to be considered if psychotropic drugs are indicated.

FEATURE
Find out what the top 10 subsidised drugs were in 2014–15 by daily defined dose, prescription count and cost to government.

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This Be Medicinewise Week (22–28 August), Australians are being encouraged to ‘take charge’ of their medicines by asking the right questions, asking the right people and following the right advice.

Alzheimer’s Australia and NPS MedicineWise have launched a campaign for people with dementia and their caregivers, to support conversations with healthcare professionals about medicine and non-medicine choices for the management of dementia.

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