Benefits of cannabidiol

The medical community is slowly warming to the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for a wide number of health concerns. Its utility includes well-known analgesic effects on cancer pain, but also extends to the treatment of gastroenterological and neuropsychiatric illnesses, and beyond.

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CPD POINTS: 1

Weight loss medicines: the best and the worst

Some obese patients don’t respond at all to treatments involving diet and exercise and for them, anti-obesity medicines are a necessity. But should South African doctors be prescribing medications containing pseudoephedrine for weight loss, when much better options abound?

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Medical Chronicle October 2019 CPDs

These are the CPDs produced for the October 2019 issue of Medical Chronicle, together accredited for 3 general points. This month’s CPDs focus on acute otitis media treatment and cutting-edge treatment modalities for breast cancer.

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CPD POINTS: 3

Osteoporosis unrecognised in men

One of the fallacies about osteoporosis is that it is a disease that only affects women. While it is true that it does affect more women (61%), men are also at risk.

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CPD POINTS: 2

Specialist Forum September 2019 CPDs

These are all 2 CPDs produced for the September 2019 issue of Specialist Forum, accredited for 3 points. This month’s CPDs focus on erectile dysfunction and preserving renal function in diabetic patients with AF.

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CPD POINTS: 3

Rise of the clones

Most doctors are familiar with generics, but studies show that many are not aware of what pseudo-generics or clones are. In addition, knowledge about the differences between biosimilars and biologics is restricted to those who use it regularly in clinical practice. In this article we discuss the different agents and share important prescription considerations.

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Sustained clearance of Actinic Keratosis and superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma

The prevalence of actinic keratosis and superficial basal cell carcinoma make them some of the most commonly encountered dermatological conditions in a primary care setting. While they are easy to treat, concerns remain about their long-term clearance.

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How to TREAT-AF

Studies show that the prevalence of AF ranges from 1% to 15% in people between the ages of 35 and 85.  Age is a risk factor for AF, which means as life expectancy increases, the number of people with the condition will continue to rise. It is expected that by 2050, the prevalence of AF will increase by 250%.

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Medical Chronicle September 2019 CPDs

These are both CPDs produced for the September 2019 issue of Medical Chronicle, accredited for 3 points in total. This month’s CPDs focus on osteoarthritis and screening for sepsis

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CPD POINTS: 3

Efficacy and safety of hyaluronic acid in knee osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the leading causes of disability in the elderly. Changes in the lubricating properties of synovial fluid leads to significant pain and functional disability.

Screening for sepsis

Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Early diagnosis of sepsis and early initiation of evidence-based bundle care can greatly improve the outcome of sepsis.

Optimising treatment for bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most commonly reported microbiological syndrome among women of childbearing age, as well as the most frequently occurring condition within the female genital tract.

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Quercetin and allergies

Allergies and allergic symptoms are rising have been rising in prevalence for decades, but there is growing dissatisfaction towards available therapies among doctors and laypeople alike. Naturally-occurring compounds like quercetin provide a safe, effective alternative.

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Medical Chronicle August 2019 CPDs

These are both CPDs produced for the August 2019 issue of Medical Chronicle, accredited for 3 points. This month’s CPDs focus on dry skin and skin integrity, and the cardiovascular complications of diabetes.

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CPD POINTS: 3

Consequences of male obesity

Male obesity is on the rise globally, especially in westernised countries. The effect of increased adiposity extends beyond well-known comorbidities like diabetes and cardiovascular complications to affect male fertility and genetics.

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Specialist Forum August 2019 CPDs

These are all 3 CPDs produced for the August 2019 issue of Specialist Forum, accredited for 3 points. This month’s CPDs focus on the link between bone and gut health, phthalates and fertility issues in women.

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CPD POINTS: 3

Specialist Forum July 2019 CPDs

Attached are all of the CPDs produced for the July 2019 issue of Specialist Forum. Topics covered this month are NSCLC, dermatology in SA, metastatic breast cancer and cancer-associated thromboembolism.

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CPD POINTS: 3

What causes ADHD?

Despite the frequency with which ADHD is diagnosed, relatively little is known about the aetiology of this frequently debilitating condition. What we do know points to a conjunction of genes and environmental factors.

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CPD POINTS: 1

Medical Chronicle July 2019 CPDs

These are all three CPDs produced for the July 2019 issue of Medical Chronicle, accredited for 3 points. This month’s CPDs all focus on osteoporotic fracture diagnosis and treatment.

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CPD POINTS: 3

Effective mucous clearance

To manage the symptoms of a wet cough, doctors often employ treatments that clear mucous from the respiratory tract, but due to the sheer number of medicines available for this purpose, a level of discernment is required.

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CPD POINTS: 1
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