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Endocrinology (excl diabetes)

Oestradiol patches now fully subsidised: what is their place in the treatment of menopausal symptoms?

Transdermal oestradiol patches are now fully subsidised, without the need for Special Authority approval, for the treatment of... View Article

November 2016

Research Update: Testosterone use and cardiovascular risk in older males

In the previous edition of Best Practice Journal, we covered the appropriate use of testosterone in older male patients (see:... View Article

September 2015

Prescribing testosterone in ageing males: why you shouldn’t read this article

Testosterone supplementation may be an appropriate treatment for males with clinical features of androgen deficiency and early... View Article

August 2015

Reproductive hormones: The right test, at the right time, for the right patient

Understanding the physiology of reproductive hormones, recognising pathology and knowing what tests to order, when to order them... View Article

February 2013

Age-related testosterone decline in males

Testosterone levels naturally decline with age in males. Some health professionals claim that a clinical syndrome of testosterone... View Article

June 2012

Management of thyroid dysfunction in adults

Routine screening for thyroid dysfunction is not recommended unless there are symptoms and signs of thyroid disease. If thyroid... View Article

December 2010

Selected topics in Men’s health

Erectile dysfunction | Gynaecomastia | Late-onset hypogonadism | Delayed puberty in males View Article

September 2010

Selected topics in Women’s health

Laboratory investigation of amenorrhoea | Polycystic ovary syndrome | An overview of dysfunctional uterine bleeding | Perimenopause... View Article

September 2010

Snippets: Iodine supplements Zoledronic acid & Atorvastatin


• Iodine supplements now funded
• Zoledronic acid now funded
• Atorvastatin available without Special Authority
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August 2010

Report: CRP ESR & Thyroid function testing

Sample data report on laboratory testing of CRP, ESR, TSH and FT4 View Article

October 2009

Eltroxin (levothyroxine) formulation change

From July 2007, Glaxo Smith Kline has distributed a new formulation of Eltroxin 50 microgram and 100 microgram. Since then, there... View Article

August 2008

Hormone replacement therapy: Latest evidence and treatment recommendations

The use of HRT is associated with an increased risk of stroke, venous thromboembolism, gall bladder disease, breast cancer and... View Article

April 2008

Understanding polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is characterised by a varied and often complex array of metabolic and endocrine abnormalities... View Article

April 2008

TSH vs FT4: Reminder

A summary of the key messages from the thyroid campaign and changes in patterns of test requesting.For more detailed material... View Article

May 2007

Vitamin D Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis resource discusses the use of vitamin D testing in primary care. View Article

January 2007

Iodine deficiency

INR testing plus:
• Kōwhai tackles overdue INRs
• Oral route first choice for vitamin K in excessive anticoagulation
• Re-emergence...
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November 2006

Best Tests: Menopause

Iron vs Ferritin tests plus:
• Chlamydia update
• Is this woman menopausal?
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March 2006

Best Tests: Tiredness

Iron vs Ferritin tests plus:
• Chlamydia update
• Is this woman menopausal?
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March 2006

The Laboratory Investigation of Tiredness

Tiredness is a common presentation in general practice. This guide covers the most common causes of tiredness and provides a suggested... View Article

February 2006

Thyroid function tests

Thyroid function tests plus:
• eGFR
• BNP
• BRCA tests
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December 2005

Thyroid function testing guide

A guide to thyroid function tests in primary care.See also TSH vs FT4: Reminder May 2007. View Article

October 2005