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Testosterone use in older males

February 2016

Research Update: Testosterone use and cardiovascular risk in older males

In the previous edition of Best Practice Journal, we covered...

September 2015

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

Testosterone supplementation may be an appropriate treatment...

August 2015

Is point-of-care CRP testing useful in guiding antibiotic prescribing in patients with respiratory tract infections?

Point-of-care CRP testing may help primary care clinicians to...

June 2015

Factors that can affect laboratory investigations

In 2013 we published an article entitled “Best tests?” (Best...

April 2015

Investigating myalgia in patients taking statins

Muscle pain (myalgia) and weakness is experienced by up to 10%...

August 2014

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: haematology tests

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule has been created to provide...

August 2014

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: Biochemistry tests

A new laboratory test schedule and accompanying referral guidelines...

February 2014

Hazardous substances series: Pyrethroid toxicity and its management

Contributed by Dr Michael Beasley and Dr Wayne Temple, National...

December 2013

“Oh and while you are here...”: Fasting may be unnecessary for lipid testing

A growing body of evidence and expert opinion suggests that...

November 2013

Laboratory investigation of exposure to metals or other hazardous substances in the environment

On occasion, General Practitioners will encounter a patient...

November 2013

The New Zealand Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines: What does it mean for general practice?

In October, 2013, a new laboratory test schedule and accompanying...

November 2013

Which test should I use to diagnose type 2 diabetes?

This report presents how testing for diabetes has changed since...

December 2012

What your lipid test means for you

This A4 printable patient information sheet is designed to help...

December 2012

When to use fasting glucose to diagnose people with type II diabetes

Until recently, fasting plasma glucose, and in some situations,...

December 2012

Testing serum cobalt and chromium in people with metal-on-metal hip replacements

Metal-on-metal hip replacements and resurfacings are associated...

December 2012

Sick and tired of being tired and sick: laboratory investigation of glandular fever

Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) is a common, potentially...

October 2012

Looking back, looking forward: key messages 2005 – 2011

This report highlights four key prescribing and laboratory testing...

March 2012

The new role of HbA1c in diagnosing type 2 diabetes

A position statement released by the New Zealand Society for...

February 2012

News in brief: HbA1c reporting and diabetes resources

As of 1 October 2011, laboratories are reporting HbA1c results...

October 2011

Making sense of serum protein bands

Serum protein bands (monoclonal gammopathy) will sometimes be...

July 2011

Routine laboratory testing during pregnancy

Most general practitioners no longer offer lead maternity care...

July 2011

Should I still use both CRP and ESR when investigating temporal arteritis?

CRP alone is the best test for temporal arteritis. This...

March 2011

Testing patients with diabetes

Examines HbA1c and albumin/creatinine ratio testing rates for...

March 2011

The role of thrombophilia testing in general practice

Testing for thrombophilia is rarely indicated in general practice...

March 2011

Investigating mercury toxicity

Although there are many potential sources of exposure to mercury...

November 2010

HbA1c targets in people with type 2 diabetes - do they matter?

Maintaining good glycaemic control reduces the risk of microvascular...

August 2010

Appropriate use of tumour markers

The key role for tumour marker tests is in managing patients...

July 2010

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: Pernicious anaemia

There are a number of causes of low vitamin B12 levels with...

March 2010

The role of troponin testing in primary care

Troponins have overtaken the traditional ‘cardiac enzymes’,...

December 2009

Urea Testing Report

This web version is a sample only, all data below the national...

December 2009

Report: CRP ESR & Thyroid function testing

Sample data report on laboratory testing of CRP, ESR, TSH and...

October 2009

Changes to laboratory reporting of HbA1c

A short article covering changes in HbA1c test reporting from...

October 2009

Lipid Testing for People with Cardiovascular Disease

November 2007

Laboratory Testing for Cardiovascular Risk

‘Laboratory Testing for Cardiovascular Risk’ is...

October 2007

Best tests: Liver function testing

A summary of Liver function testing in primary care including:
• Questionaires...

August 2007

Liver Function Testing in primary care

A consensus document, with expert involvement designed to provide...

July 2007

Laboratory Testing in Diabetes Sample GP Report

Report on testing for people with diabetes (national data ...

June 2007

The Laboratory Investigation of Tiredness Reminder

Analysis of the Tiredness campaign plusFor tired elite athletes,...

June 2007

TSH vs FT4: Reminder

A summary of the key messages from the thyroid campaign and...

May 2007

CRP vs ESR: Reminder

A summary of the key messages from this campaign and changes...

May 2007

Reminder: BNP, Haemochromatosis and Vitamin D

Key recommendations for BNP, Haemochromatosis and Vitamin D...

March 2007

Vitamin D Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007

BNP Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007

Haemochromatosis Testing in Primary Care

from BNP/Haemochromatosis/Vitamin D: Testing in Primary CareThis...

January 2007

Best Tests: Glucose

Laboratory investigations of UTI tests plus:
• Fasting vs Post...

September 2006

Best Tests: Diabetes laboratory testing.

Diabetes tests plus:
• ANA testing.

June 2006

Laboratory Testing in Diabetes

This resource looks at a range of tests used for the diagnosis...

May 2006

Best Tests: Tiredness

Iron vs Ferritin tests plus:
• Chlamydia update
• Is this woman...

March 2006

The Laboratory Investigation of Tiredness

Tiredness is a common presentation in general practice. This...

February 2006

Thyroid function tests

Thyroid function tests plus:
• eGFR
• BRCA tests

December 2005

Best Tests: eGFR

Thyroid function tests plus:
• eGFR
• BRCA tests

December 2005

Best Tests: BNP

Thyroid function tests plus:
• eGFR
• BRCA tests

December 2005

Thyroid function testing guide

A guide to thyroid function tests in primary care.See also TSH...

October 2005

Best Tests: CRP vs ESR

CRP vs ESR Plus:
• Drug tests for drink spiking
• Cervical smear...

September 2005

CRP vs ESR Assessing and measuring the inflammatory response

Discussion of the use of CRP and ESR as tests of the inflammatory...

July 2005

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