The Medical Republic

A collection of articles I have written while working for The Medical Republic.

2024

Changing beliefs and approaches in persistent pelvic pain | The Medical Republic, 16 May 2024

First treatment for itch in CKD added to PBS | The Medical Republic, 16 May 2024

TGA adopts updated sunscreen standard | Dermatology Republic, 15 May 2024

Building trust for AI in healthcare | Health Services Daily, 10 May 2024

Pro-inflammatory foods linked to abdominal pain | Gut Republic, 9 May 2024

Iron deficiency risk increases in overweight and obese children | Gut Republic, 9 May 2024

Reducing hospital visits via ketone strips, ambos and the VED | Health Services Daily, 9 May 2024

Electronic prescribing interoperability coming to My Health App | Health Services Daily, 8 May 2024

Opioids on the silver screen | Allergy & Respiratory Republic, 8 May 2024

Good news, bad news on drug shortage front | The Medical Republic, 19 April 2024

Is Australia ready for widespread reproductive genetic carrier screening? | The Medical Republic, 18 April 2024

Antipsychotic usage in dementia linked to multiple adverse outcomes | The Medical Republic, 18 April 2024

Right patient, right time key to Paxlovid benefit | The Medical Republic, 12 April 2024

New BTK inhibitor shows promise in hidradenitis suppurativa | The Medical Republic, 8 April 2024

High intensity exercise in breast-feeding women good for babies too | The Medical Republic, 2 April 2024

MBS cancer screening criteria ‘inequitable’ | Oncology Republic, 21 March 2024

Tackling ageism in older cancer patients | The Medical Republic, 19 March 2024

CBT offers hope for insomniacs | The Medical Republic, 18 March 2024

Exercise beats GLP-1 RAs for keeping weight off | The Medical Republic, 14 March 2024

The ugly truth about refined carbohydrates | The Medical Republic, 11 March 2024

Cannabis use increases risk of myocardial infarction, stroke | The Medical Republic, 11 March 2024

Don’t miss the boat on reproductive carrier screening | The Medical Republic, 11 March 2024

Increased GP consults linked to suicide risk | The Medical Republic, 29 February 2024

Ultrasound for speedy sperm | The Medical Republic, 22 February 2024

First steps towards a new alopecia severity measure | Dermatology Republic, 21 February 2024

PBS tapentadol dispensing declines | The Medical Republic, 19 February 2024

Erectile dysfunction drugs reduce Alzheimer’s risk | The Medical Republic, 15 February 2024

Genetic testing takes guess work out of breast cancer treatment | Oncology Republic, 8 February 2024

Treatment boost for chronic migraine sufferers | The Medical Republic, 8 February 2024

Concussion position statement: ‘If in doubt, sit them out’ | The Medical Republic, 2 February 2024

Syphilis surge sparks warning | The Medical Republic, 29 January 2024

Additional physio after shoulder dislocation offers no benefit | The Medical Republic, 25 January 2024

E-cigs and nicotine patches safe for pregnant smokers | The Medical Republic, 22 January 2024

Bariatric surgery reduces weight gain in pregnancy | The Medical Republic, 22 January 2024

Gamers at risk of hearing loss | The Medical Republic, 18 January 2024

Arrhythmia warning for patients taking common antipsychotics | The Medical Republic, 16 January 2024

Pets protect against cognitive decline | The Medical Republic, 15 January 2024

STIs rebound after covid pandemic | The Medical Republic, 11 January 2024

2023

TMR’s top 10 clinical stories for 2023 | The Medical Republic, 14 December 2023

Neutropenia risk in schizophrenia drops dramatically after two years | The Medical Republic, 14 December 2023

Early periods increase diabetes risk | The Medical Republic, 11 December 2023

Expect Mounjaro shortages well into 2024: TGA | The Medical Republic, 1 December 2023

Preserving fertility for cancer patients | Oncology Republic, 29 November 2023

Sheathing the knife, and other gynaecological cancer developments | Oncology Republic, 29 November 2023

Statins reduce mortality in breast cancer | The Medical Republic, 27 November 2023

MSAC backs non-invasive ultrasound for tremor | The Medical Republic, 27 November 2023

Red Bull gives you wings (and gestational hypertension) | The Medical Republic, 23 November 2023

Five steps out of financial toxicity | Oncology Republic, 15 November 2023

Using big data to plug inclusivity gaps in cancer trials | Oncology Republic, 15 November 2023

Should genomic testing be part of routine breast cancer care? | Oncology Republic, 15 November 2023

Long-term NSAID use harmful in knee OA | Rheumatology Republic, 9 November 2023

Long hours, shift work increases preterm birth risk | The Medical Republic, 9 November 2023

Timely reminders may boost bowel cancer screening | The Medical Republic, 6 November 2023

Is BreastScreen due for an upgrade? | Oncology Republic, 2 November 2023

Balding, not testosterone, increases skin cancer risk | Dermatology Republic, 2 November 2023

PBS cuts etanercept red tape | Dermatology Republic, 2 November 2023

Stimulants protect against dementia in adult ADHD | The Medical Republic, 30 October 2023

Warning after SSRI triggers severe alcohol problems | The Medical Republic, 26 October 2023

Aussie long covid guidelines not up to scratch | The Medical Republic, 23 October 2023

Depression, anxiety an early sign of MS | The Medical Republic, 18 October 2023

New genetic risks found for male pattern hair loss | Dermatology Republic, 18 October 2023

Discectomy potentially superior for sciatica | The Medical Republic, 16 October 2023

‘Concerning’ lack of benefit from spinal cord stimulation | The Medical Republic, 5 October 2023

Cervical cancer diagnoses jump in past decade | Oncology Republic, 4 October 2023

What meds work best for low back pain? | The Medical Republic, 3 October 2023

Don’t lose sight of dry eyes in menopause | The Medical Republic, 3 October 2023

Early menopause to trigger osteoporosis and fracture care | The Medical Republic, 28 September 2023

A couple of hives does not a peanut allergy make | The Medical Republic, 25 September 2023

What’s driving the surge in spinal fusions? | The Medical Republic, 4 September 2023

Blood test appears to predict preeclampsia risk | The Medical Republic, 4 September 2023

Preterm births are more common after heatwaves | The Medical Republic, 28 August 2023

Another chronic migraine drug PBS listed | The Medical Republic, 17 August 2023

Halt hormonal contraceptives in severe covid | The Medical Republic, 14 August 2023

No regrets following gender-affirming mastectomy | The Medical Republic, 14 August 2023

Breastfeeding improves women’s CVD risk factors | The Medical Republic, 10 August 2023

Anger over exercise advice in chronic fatigue syndrome | The Medical Republic, 4 August 2023

Privately funded spinal fusion rates skyrocket | The Medical Republic, 3 August 2023

AIs don’t get New Yorker cartoons either | The Medical Republic, 2 August 2023

Aspirin increases bleed risk in healthy older adults | The Medical Republic, 27 July 2023

One in four young Aussies can’t get no (sleep) satisfaction | The Medical Republic, 27 July 2023

Lower vitamin D levels linked to increased psoriasis severity | Dermatology Republic, 26 July 2023

Are Ariana Grande and hipsters to blame for rise in traction alopecia? | Dermatology Republic, 26 July 2023

The AI ‘avalanche’ is coming | Dermatology Republic, 26 July 2023

Red flags for imaging in musculoskeletal conditions | The Medical Republic, 24 July 2023

New CVD risk calculator and prevention guidelines | The Medical Republic, 20 July 2023

More evidence backs ketamine for severe depression | The Medical Republic, 14 July 2023

A third of Aussies have musculoskeletal conditions, says AIHW | Rheumatology Republic, 13 July 2023

A practical guide to rosacea management | Dermatology Republic, 12 July 2023

Little drops in kidney function can have a big impact | The Medical Republic, 6 July 2023

Sweetener ‘a possible carcinogen’, says WHO | The Medical Republic, 30 June 2023

See you next year, Ozempic | The Medical Republic, 30 June 2023

Natural conception after ART ‘far from rare’ | The Medical Republic, 29 June 2023

What’s the similarity between John Connor and a dermatologist? | Dermatology Republic, 28 June 2023

AI does everything else, may as well let it entertain you | The Medical Republic, 21 June 2023

N95 masks are good for covid, bad for skin | The Medical Republic, 19 June 2023

‘Insulting’ concussion consensus ignores CTE link | The Medical Republic, 19 June 2023

Screens out and exercise in after concussion | The Medical Republic, 15 June 2023

Cosmetic injectables: More than meets the eye | Dermatology Republic, 14 June 2023

TGA gives baricitinib the green light for alopecia | Dermatology Republic, 14 June 2023

Keep an eye out for vitamin A deficiency | The Medical Republic, 13 June 2023

Registrars want climate training and action | The Medical Republic, 9 June 2023

Denosumab beats alendronate on fracture risk | Rheumatology Republic, 1 June 2023

Keeping the elderly itch-free | The Medical Republic, 1 June 2023

Mindfulness and self-compassion helps atopic dermatitis | Dermatology Republic, 31 May 2023

New asthma CPD targets Melbourne GPs | The Medical Republic, 29 May 2023

Burnt out and overworked GPs more likely to prescribe opioids | The Medical Republic, 25 May 2023

Metabolic risks for sons of women with PCOS | The Medical Republic, 22 May 2023

Let’s get physical (to address substance use) | The Medical Republic, 11 May 2023

Vaxneuvance gets NIP backing from PBAC | The Medical Republic, 8 May 2023

New hope for chronic low back pain | The Medical Republic, 4 May 2023

Bright future for new alopecia drug | Dermatology Republic, 3 May 2023

How high do you score on this dementia risk test? | The Medical Republic, 27 April 2023

Spinal fusion for back pain is ‘tooth fairy research’ | The Medical Republic, 27 April 2023

Doctors more neurotic – and more empathic – than patients | The Medical Republic, 27 April 2023

Avoid deprescribing in severe opioid use disorder | The Medical Republic, 20 April 2023

Blood cancer patients generate strong immune response to covid vax | Oncology Republic, 5 April 2023

Infection fears for artificial tears | The Medical Republic, 3 April 2023

Kids hepatitis outbreak culprit found | The Medical Republic, 31 March 2023

Rotavirus wave hitting Australia | The Medical Republic, 30 March 2023

Don’t sleep on CPAPs in pregnancy | The Medical Republic, 30 March 2023

Depressive symptoms may increase stroke risk | The Medical Republic, 27 March 2023

All hormonal contraceptives linked to breast cancer | The Medical Republic, 23 March 2023

IL-23 inhibitors for psoriasis best at preventing arthritis development | Rheumatology Republic, 16 March 2023

Smartwatch warning for cardiac devices | The Medical Republic, 16 March 2023

Vitamin D could protect against dementia | The Medical Republic, 13 March 2023

Fewer chlamydia scripts in covid lockdowns | The Medical Republic, 13 March 2023

Antibiotic usage linked to necrolysing skin disorders | Dermatology Republic, 8 March 2023

Good Samaritan: your risks and obligations | The Medical Republic, 28 February 2023

New treatments for RSV just as effective | The Medical Republic, 27 February 2023

Obesity in type 1 diabetics a growing concern | The Medical Republic, 20 February 2023

Treat chlamydia with doxycycline first: new guidelines | The Medical Republic, 13 February 2023

SGLT2 inhibitors may help men’s hearts more | The Medical Republic, 9 February 2023

Older diabetics face increased cancer risk | Oncology Republic, 8 February 2023

New round of covid boosters approved | The Medical Republic, 8 February 2023

More exercise is not the answer for knee OA | Rheumatology Republic, 2 February 2023

First covid, then strep, now gastroenteritis | The Medical Republic, 27 January 2023

Heel prick tests key to spinal muscular atrophy care | The Medical Republic, 27 January 2023

Non-steroid hope for kids with sleep problems | The Medical Republic, 23 January 2023

Obesity blunts benefits of vitamin D supplements | The Medical Republic, 23 January 2023

Treating chronic pain with telehealth | Wild Health, 19 January 2023

Alarm at surge in invasive Strep A infections | The Medical Republic, 16 January 2023

Experts divided on supplements for hair loss | The Medical Republic, 16 January 2023

2022

Cancer drug hope for pemphigus patients | The Medical Republic, 16 December 2022

Future grim for Australia’s research sector | The Medical Republic, 16 December 2022

Intoxication is not in the eye of the beer-holder | The Medical Republic, 7 December 2022

GP-led preconception care works | The Medical Republic, 1 December 2022

COPD increases shingles risk | Rheumatology Republic, 1 December 2022

Pollen-Related Asthma in Kids Needs Yearlong Vigilance | The Medical Republic, 24 November 2022

Metabolic syndrome increases risk of gout | Rheumatology Republic, 24 November 2022