Issue 3 2021

The latest edition of Modern Medicine is now available for you to read. We have some great articles featured in this edition:

  • Ethics (CPD) – Unpacking the Mind-body connecttion in health
  • Allergy (CPD) – Best use of new and established therapies
  • Infectious Diseases – Immunodulatory Effects of Azithromycin
  • Ophthalmology (CPD) – Diagnosing & Treating Conjunctivitis
  • … and many more !

Also, a reminder that, not only do we have CPD questions available within the magazine itself, we also have an online CPD portal that allows you to score even more points by simply completing your test online

Modern Medicine, the journal that’s with you wherever you go.

Meeting the Challenges of Onychomycosis

Meeting the Challenges of Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis is an increasingly common fungal nail infection, chiefly caused by dermatophyte fungi. The disease is notoriously difficult to treat due to the deep-seated nature of fungi within the nail plate, prolonged treatment requirements due to poor nail plate absorption, poor patient adherence and frequent recurrences. Given the poor efficacy of currently available topical and systemic therapies, there is a renewed interest in exploring alternative treatment modalities for onychomycosis.

Modern Medicine – Issue 3 2021

Causes of Death in Heart Failure are Diverse

Causes of Death in Heart Failure are Diverse

Heart failure is a disease with a poor prognosis and its appearance frequently signals the final phase of many processes, one of the most prominent of which is ischaemic heart disease. Mortality is comparable to that of the most common cancers, with <50% four-year survival.1 Deaths due to non-cardiovascular causes, particularly cancer, may be increasing.

Modern Medicine – Issue 3 2021

Fenofibrate Targets Atherosclerosis Progression

Fenofibrate Targets Atherosclerosis Progression

Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of mortality worldwide and accounts for approximately 40% of all deaths. Dyslipidaemia is one of the primary causes of atherosclerosis and effective interventions to correct dyslipidaemia should form an integral component of any strategy aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease. Fibrates have played a major role in the treatment of hyperlipidaemia for more than two decades. Fenofibrate is one of the most commonly used fibrates worldwide

Modern Medicine – Issue 3 2021

Diagnosing and Treating Conjunctivitis

Diagnosing and Treating Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is an inflammatory eye condition that involves the conjunctiva, a highly vascularised, thin and translucent membrane that covers the anterior portion of the sclera and the inside of the eyelids. It presents as a red or pink eye due to the dilation of the blood vessels that leads to hyperaemia and oedema of the conjunctiva. This process typically is associated with some form of discharge. The most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria, allergens and irritants.

Modern Medicine – Issue 3 2021

Immunomodulatory Effects of Azithromycin

Immunomodulatory Effects of Azithromycin

Macrolides (for example, azithromycin, erythromycin, fidaxomicin and clarithromycin) are a class of bacteriostatic antibiotics commonly employed in medical practice against various gram-positive and atypical bacterial species. Besides their antibacterial properties, macrolides are reported to also have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.

Modern Medicine – Issue 3 2021

Diabetic Cardiomyopathy Mechanisms, screening and treatment imperatives

Diabetic Cardiomyopathy Mechanisms, screening and treatment imperatives

Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) refers to structural and functional changes in the heart as a consequence of diabetes that may be independent of, or in combination with, coronary disease (microvascular, macrovascular or both). As DCM tends to be asymptomatic, it is important that GPs are vigilant in screening patients early for DCM and preventing progression.

Modern Medicine – Issue 3 2021