Specialist Update 19 June 2019 Clare Pain

Is night-time asthma really obstructive sleep apnoea?

Patients reporting nocturnal asthma-like symptoms may really have obstructive sleep apnoea, Australian research suggests.
Specialist Update 19 June 2019 Geir O'Rourke

More than 80 doctors honoured in Queen's Birthday list

More than 80 doctors from specialties ranging from anaesthesiology to vascular surgery have been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Specialist Update 19 June 2019 Lydia Hales

Doctors, patients want to see your consult notes

Most patients allowed to see their doctor’s clinical notes find it empowers them and helps them understand why a medication is being prescribed, a survey shows.
Specialist Update 19 June 2019 Antony Scholefield

Respiratory physician to repay $470,000 for inappropriate MBS claims

A respiratory physician will repay $470,000 to Medicare after admitting to inappropriately billing MBS items for numerous lung function tests and sleep studies.
Specialist Update 19 June 2019 Reuters Health

Restless legs syndrome linked to the gut microbiome

Overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine may be much more common in people with restless legs syndrome than in the general population, a small pilot study suggests.
Specialist Update 05 June 2019 Antony Scholefield

Premmies have four-fold risk of poor lung function in early adulthood

Patients born very preterm or with very low birthweight are four times more likely to have poor lung function in adolescence or early adulthood, according to an Australian-led meta-analysis.
News 05 June 2019 Heather Saxena

70-year-old diagnosed with cystic fibrosis

A woman diagnosed with bronchiectasis at age 63 was found to have atypical cystic fibrosis (CF) seven years later, UK doctors report.
Specialist Update 05 June 2019 Clare Pain

Which bacteria put kids at risk of acute respiratory infection?

Having a nasal microbiome dominated by bacteria of the genus Moraxella puts young children at increased risk of acute respiratory infections, according to the largest study in infants to date.
Specialist Update 05 June 2019 Reuters Health

Did an antibiotic cause respiratory failure in five teens?

A case series suggests there may be a link between trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole treatment and the development of acute respiratory failure in five previously healthy adolescents. However, even if confirmed, the complication would still be a very rare occurrence, an expert says.
News 30 May 2019 Antony Scholefield

'Striking' findings could change asthma therapy

Advice for managing mild asthma in adults could change after a study showed combination preventer-reliever inhalers prevent more severe exacerbations than usual maintenance therapy.