Preserve Barrier Function in Atopic Dermatitis

Preserve Barrier Function in Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common eczematous skin disorder affecting 2-20% of the general population. AD is characterised by chronic cutaneous inflammation and dry skin with epidermal barrier dysfunction. Intense pruritus is the major and burdensome symptom of AD. Itch induced scratching appears to exacerbate skin inflammation by accelerating cellular damage in the lesional skin. Approximately 80% of AD patients exhibit elevated levels of serum IgE.

Modern Medicine – Dec/Jan 2019

Managing Patients after Implantation of a Cardiac Rhythm Management Device

Managing Patients after Implantation of a Cardiac Rhythm Management Device

Patients with cardiac rhythm management devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators are cared for jointly by GPs and cardiologists. GPs can manage issues such as wound care, bleeding and pain and provide guidance regarding work, travel and household appliance use. Early complications are best referred back to the interventional cardiologist; they include wound-related issues (active bleeding, infection, large haematoma), unusual postprocedural pain (pericardial or pleuritic pain) and noncardiac muscle twitching.

Modern Medicine – Dec/Jan 2019

Tapentadol’s Strong Analgesic Properties

Tapentadol’s Strong Analgesic Properties

Pain is a disorder that everyone experiences and is often difficult to treat. Current drug treatment options for management of pain include opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and paracetamol. Tapentadol is a novel, next generation, centrally acting analgesic with dual mechanism of action that offers analgesic efficacy that is similar to that provided by a pure MOR agonist, but with an improved side-effect profile.

Modern Medicine – Dec/Jan 2019

An Updated Guide to Contraception Long-acting reversible methods

An Updated Guide to Contraception Long-acting reversible methods

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods are highly acceptable and offer cost-effective, efficacious contraception. They are associated with a lower risk of unintended pregnancy than shorteracting contraceptive methods. The contraceptive implant and intrauterine contraceptives have similar high efficacies in both typical and perfect use with few absolute or relative contraindications and few serious risks associated with their use.

Modern Medicine – Dec/Jan 2019

Protect Your Patients, Warm Them Correctly

Protect Your Patients, Warm Them Correctly

The benefits of maintaining normothermia are well understood and form an important component of the perioperative process. However, with increasing pressure on hospitals to reduce costs and become more profitable, this treatment modality can take a backseat either because items such as forced air warming blankets are not reimbursed by medical funders or it forms part of the global fee for surgical procedures and is disregarded so as to cut costs.

Modern Medicine – Dec/Jan 2019

Oct/Nov 2018 Edition

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

This month we have a jam packed edition for you. Our features this month include; Oncology, Colon Cancer, Pain and many more.

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Asthma, COPD and When They Coexist

Asthma, COPD and When They Coexist

Asthma and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) are umbrella terms that describe disorders of the airways with diverse inflammatory pathways and pathophysiology. Recent advances in the understanding of the immunopathology of asthma have led to the emergence of biological agents that more precisely target disease pathways but will require a more precise understanding of those dysfunctional pathways. There are areas where the pathology and expression of airways disease in asthma and COPD overlap. The overlap between asthma and COPD presents important challenges in diagnosis as well as management.

Modern Medicine – Oct/Nov 2018

Challenges in the Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Challenges in the Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the fourth biggest cause of visual impairment. Early diagnosis and treatment with intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF drugs saves sight. The burden of such treatments may be challenging to patients and carers and may reduce adherence to therapy. Investigations of alternative therapeutic targets and modalities are providing promising results. New drugs are being developed that require fewer treatments, thereby improving treatment efficacy and reducing disease burden.

Modern Medicine – Oct/Nov 2018

Consider Etoricoxib in the Management of Arthritis

Consider Etoricoxib in the Management of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are common diseases worldwide, as well as leading causes of morbidity and disability that threaten human health.1,2 The primary objectives of treatment for patients with OA or RA are to control pain, improve function and reduce disability.3 Of all the strategies available for the treatment of OA and RA, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation.

Modern Medicine – Oct/Nov 2018