The dos and don’ts of monitoring warfarin

MEDICAL CHRONICLE SEPTEMBER CPD 5 of 5: Since warfarin was given to American president Dwight Eisenhower following a myocardial infarction in 1955, it has been widely used as an oral anticoagulant.

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Easing depression with folate, vitamin D & B12

MEDICAL CHRONICLE SEPTEMBER CPD 4 of 5: Although antidepressant medication is most often prescribed for cases of depression, simple supplementation with folate or vitamins D and B12 has been shown to ease the effects of the disorder.

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Compliance is key for conjunctivitis

MEDICAL CHRONICLE SEPTEMBER CPD 3 of 5: Conjunctivitis is estimated to contribute 1% of ophthalmic problems or disorders seen in primary care setting, and 1%-4% in all GP consultations worldwide.

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Wrap up to keep the microorganisms away

MEDICAL CHRONICLE SEPTEMBER CPD 2 of 5: The following study looks at the effectiveness of rigid containers vs wrapped instrument trays, to maintain a sterile internal environment.

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Prioritising osteoporosis

MEDICAL CHRONICLE SEPTEMBER CPD 1 of 5: Awareness of the consequences of osteoporosis and fragility fractures should be a South African priority.

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Medical Chronicle September CPDs

These are Medical Academic’s September CPDs. Click on the attached questionnaire to start the CPD quiz.

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CPD POINTS: 3

What is new in component testing?

A better understanding of allergen components and their role in the mechanisms of sensitisation and tolerance induction leads to a more targeted management of inhalant- and food allergy.

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Breaking the barrier

A skin infection occurs when there is a breach in the skin barrier due to various causes, like injury, diseases, inoculation, warmth, humidity and poor hygiene.

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The skin as an entry point for allergens: Evidence and interventions

SPECIALIST FORUM SEPTEMBER CPD: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a common skin disorder characterised by a dry, itchy, inflamed skin in an age-typical distribution. Atopic dermatitis is very often the first ‘step’ in the allergic march, preceding food allergy and respiratory allergy manifestations.

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The POEM procedure for achalasia: a new approach to an old therapy

Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy or POEM is an innovative new therapy for achalasia which allows accurate surgical division of the lower oesophageal sphincter without external incisions.

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Getting rid of pneumonia bugs

Pneumonia has been described as the ‘Captain of the Men of Death’ by Sir William Osler, one of the fathers of modern medicine, because of the high mortality rate associated with the condition.

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Regrowing the human oesophagus

It has been demonstrated that organogenesis is possible using principles of regenerative medicine such as transplanting tissue-engineered extracellular matrix (ECM) seeded with autologous pluripotent stem cells.

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Cosmetic utility of imiquimod in actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis is one of the most common dermatological conditions, but current treatments are often not cosmetically optimal, with scarring and permanent hypo- or hyperpigmentation often a result.

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Changing the oncology landscape

Immunotherapy has dramatically changed the oncology landscape and improved patient outcomes, but dealing with immune-related adverse events (irAEs) can be challenging.

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Can GOLD guidelines benefit low-income patients?

The Global initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) strategy document has become the go-to guide for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Efficacy and safety of intra-articular use of hyaluronic acid in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis

MEDICAL CHRONICLE AUGUST CPD 4 of 4: Hyaluronic acid reduces the symptoms and development of osteoarthritis.

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The effect of diabetes on vitamin B

MEDICAL CHRONICLE AUGUST CPD 3 of 4: The relationship between vitamin B12 deficiency and diabetes-induced peripheral neuropathy has been clearly demonstrated in a number of studies.

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Allergies in children

MEDICAL CHRONICLE AUGUST CPD 2 of 4: 40% of South African allergy sufferers are children, so knowing how to treat and identify common allergies in children is vital.

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Dealing with allergic conjunctivitis

MEDICAL CHRONICLE AUGUST CPD 1 of 4: The condition affects approximately 20% of the population, and with that number increasing, the need for precise treatment methodologies is obvious.

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Medical Chronicle August CPDs

These are the Medical Chronicle’s August CPDs. Click on the questionnaire below to start the CPD quiz.

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CPD POINTS: 3
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