Peter is a Director of Modern Media Publishing and is the publisher for Modern Medicine Magazine.

Peter is a Director of Modern Media Publishing and is the publisher for Modern Medicine Magazine.

When Drug Reps’ Gifts Bias Prescribing Patterns …

When Drug Reps’ Gifts Bias Prescribing Patterns …

Communications and interactions between pharmaceutical companies and doctors regarding drug promotion and marketing have lately been the focus of ethical interest. These interactions are pervasive and can be influential and beneficial for the patient, but they may also have some undesirable consequences. Concerns are whether drug promotion is inducing doctors to prescribe specific drugs and if promotion leads to inappropriate clinical use of some drugs.

Modern Medicine – June/July 2018

The Stepwise Approach to Chronic Constipation

The Stepwise Approach to Chronic Constipation

Chronic constipation (CC) is an extremely common disorder with an estimated prevalence ranging between 2% and 24%. The prevalence of CC increases with age and may reach 80% in nursing home residents. Constipation has severe consequences for the quality of life of those affected and costs to individual patients and to society in general are significant.

Modern Medicine – June/July 2018

May/June 2018 Edition

We welcome you to come and read through our latest, May/June, edition of Modern Medicine.

This month we have a jam packed edition for you. Our features this month include; Ethics, Pharmacology, Dermatology, Flu and many more.

We encourage all of our readers to complete the CPD questionnaire for this edition, this can be done on the answer-form included in the magazine, or on our website CPD system.

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

Systemic Sclerosis A step-by-step guide to a difficult diagnosis

Systemic Sclerosis A step-by-step guide to a difficult diagnosis

Systemic sclerosis (SSc), or scleroderma, is a multisystem autoimmune disease characterised by vasculopathy and fibrosis. Adultonset Raynaud’s phenomenon or Raynaud’s phenomenon complicated by digital ulceration or infarction should prompt consideration of connective  tissue disorders including SSc. Early identification of severe, lifethreatening organ manifestations can result in improved quality of life and survival. Management of patients with SSc is multifaceted and dependent on individual disease manifestations.

Modern Medicine – May/June 2018

Health Benefits of Probiotics

Health Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms, found in fermented foods, cultured milk and are used for infant food. They are well-known as “health friendly bacteria”, which exhibit various beneficial properties such as prevention of bowel diseases, improving the immune system, for lactose intolerance and intestinal microbial balance, exhibiting antihypercholesterolemic and antihypertensive effects, alleviation of postmenopausal disorders and reducing traveller’s diarrhoea. Modulation of the gut-brain by probiotics has been suggested as a novel therapeutic solution for anxiety and depression.

Modern Medicine – May/June 2018

Echinacea – Cutting Cold and Flu Duration

Echinacea – Cutting Cold and Flu Duration

Cold weather and respiratory disease, including flu, go hand in hand. Research has shown that cold spells are reliably followed by upticks in the number of deaths from respiratory disease. Some of this may have to do with a few infectious organisms, like flu viruses, thriving in colder temperatures, but there’s also evidence that exposure to cold temperatures suppresses the immune system, providing opportunities for infections to increase. Natural therapeutics in the form of nutritional supplementation and immune-stimulating and antiviral botanicals can support the body’s natural defences, potentially decreasing the incidence of colds and flu, shortening the duration and decreasing the intensity of symptoms and preventing complications

Modern Medicine – May/June 2018

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Some Strategies

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Some Strategies

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has been touted as one of the key strategies required in tackling worldwide escalation of antibiotic resistance. Although AMS has optimised antibiotic usage and reduced the incidence of resistance development in some regions, it is evident at present that the worldwide rate of antibiotic resistance development has shown no sign of slowing down whilst the global consumption of antibiotics continues to rise over the years.

Modern Medicine – May/June 2018

The Impact of Aging on Women’s Fertility

The Impact of Aging on Women’s Fertility

Infertility is common – approximately 10% to 15% of couples have difficulty conceiving a child. In young, healthy couples, the probability of conception in one reproductive cycle is typically 20% to 25% and in one year it is approximately 90%.1 An evaluation is commonly recommended after one year of unprotected intercourse without conception, the standard clinical definition of infertility. As women age, their fertility declines and the rate of miscarriages increases.

Modern Medicine – May/June 2018