Allergies and immunology

Upfront: Are blood eosinophil counts helpful in predicting patient responses to inhaled corticosteroids in COPD?

The risks and benefits of treatment with inhaled corticosteroids...

March 2016

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: Immunology Tests

Over the last few editions of Best Tests we have outlined the...

July 2015

When is an allergy to an antibiotic really an allergy?

Many patients report allergies to antibiotics but often this...

June 2015

Contact dermatitis: a “working” diagnosis

Contributed by: Dr Lissa Judd, Occupational Dermatologist,...

April 2014

Upfront: Azithromycin: use it wisely

Growing use of azithromycin in New Zealand means that we are...

April 2014

Biologic medicines for the treatment of inflammatory conditions: What does primary care need to know?

Patients with severe immune-mediated inflammatory diseases,...

December 2013

Assessing wheeze in pre-school children

Wheeze in children aged less than five years has many potential...

November 2013

Causes, complications and treatment of a red eye

Most cases of “red eye” seen in general practice are likely...

August 2013

Diagnosis and treatment of urticaria

Urticaria is a common condition, which is usually non-allergenic,...

April 2012

Appropriate use of allergy testing in primary care

Most patients with suspected allergy can be adequately managed...

December 2011

Dietary advice for people with coeliac disease

People with a confirmed diagnosis of coeliac disease must adhere...

May 2011

Allergy to cows' milk protein and the appropriate use of infant formula

Extensively hydrolysed formula for infants aged under six months...

May 2011

Methotrexate prescribing errors can be fatal

When used and monitored correctly methotrexate can be an effective...

February 2011

Investigating the Gut: Coeliac disease

Tissue transglutaminase antibodies are the most useful preliminary...

March 2010

Investigating the Gut: Inflammatory bowel disease - the role of faecal calprotectin

Clinical assessment of intestinal inflammation can be problematic....

March 2010

Investigating the Gut: Lactose intolerance

The role of laboratory tests in diagnosing lactose intolerance...

March 2010

Non-occupational exposure to Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Rates of HIV infection are increasing in New Zealand, especially...

December 2009

Seasonal allergic rhinitis

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever,...

November 2009

TNF inhibitors - an update

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors are used in the treatment...

November 2009

Managing eczema

Eczema can have a significant impact on the lives of patients...

September 2009

The treatment of psoriasis in primary care

Psoriasis is an emotionally and physically debilitating disease...

September 2009

Scabies - diagnosis and management

Scabies manifests as an itchy skin rash, as a result of an allergic...

February 2009

The management of anaphylaxis in primary care

Anaphylaxis is a potentially fatal hypersensitivity reaction,...

December 2008

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic inflammatory...

September 2008

Dietary advice for people with coeliac disease

When people are newly diagnosed with coeliac disease, their...

August 2008

The investigation of coeliac disease: A follow up

Dr Richard Steele provides some clarification on the issue of...

April 2008

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a common but often unrecognised disorder,...

October 2007

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance affects many adults and children. It is...

October 2007

Testing for Coeliac disease

Anti-endomysial (EMA) antibody or anti-tissue transglutaminase...

March 2007

Best Tests: ANA testing.

Diabetes tests plus:
• ANA testing.

June 2006

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