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Endocrinology (excl diabetes)

Weight loss: the options and the evidence

The benefits of intentional weight loss in people who are overweight are undeniable. However, the vast number of diets, products... View Article

April 2022

Plant-based diets: are they healthy for a child?

With the increasing popularity of plant-based diets, there is much discussion about whether these are healthy and nutritious for... View Article

December 2021

Menopausal hormone therapy: where are we now?

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is an effective treatment for symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flushes, night... View Article

December 2019

National report: Prescribing menopausal hormone therapy

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is the most effective treatment for the vasomotor symptoms (i.e. hot flushes and night sweats)... View Article

December 2019

Diagnosing and managing primary ovarian insufficiency

Primary ovarian insufficiency is the loss of ovarian function before age 40 years, resulting in menstrual irregularities and menopausal... View Article

December 2019

Bisphosphonates: addressing the duration conundrum

Bisphosphonates accumulate within bone tissue where they help rebalance the remodelling cycle to increase bone mineral density.... View Article

January 2019

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

This article has been archived. If you would like access to the original article please contact: editor@bpac.org.nz View Article

August 2010

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