Peer Reviewed Feature Articles
Drug and alcohol medicine

Alcohol – use and misuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

Vicki Giannopoulos, Kirsten C. Morley, Paul S. Haber

More people are resorting to alcohol to manage the stress and anxiety created by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is therefore particularly pertinent for GPs to help patients identify and manage alcohol problems.

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Skin lesions in darker skin phototypes

Joshua Farrell, Stephen Shumack

Pigmented skin is protected against UV damage and the development of certain skin cancers. However, some skin conditions are more prevalent in darker skinned communities. GPs should be aware that such patients are still at risk of developing skin cancer and early diagnosis and considered management are key to improving patient outcomes.

Psychiatry and psychology

Obsessive compulsive disorder in children and adolescents

Iain E. Perkes, Lara J. Farrell, Leigh Guy, Valsamma Eapen

GPs are uniquely placed to detect and begin management of obsessive compulsive disorder in young people. They should be guided by validated self-report measures with the aim of achieving sustained remission.

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Peer Reviewed Regular Series
Women's health

Endometriosis – current management options

Jason Abbott
Endometriosis is the most common cause of persistent pelvic pain in women. Initial medical management is appropriate, with investigation and surgical treatment in selected women.
Infectious diseases clinic

Diabetic foot infections

Thomas R. Schulz, Paul R. Wraight

Good outcomes for patients with diabetic foot infections depend on a comprehensive approach and a focus on controlling the factors that led to the initial wound infection.

Gastroenterology clinic

COVID-19 in the gut and liver

Vincent Ho
Consideration should be given to COVID-19 as a potential cause of new-onset gastrointestinal symptoms and to the special issues affecting patients with chronic gastrointestinal and liver diseases during the pandemic.
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Rheumatology clinic

New targeted therapies for rheumatoid arthritis

Emily Martin, David Liew

Improved understanding of the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis has led to targeted therapies, including the biologics and most recently the janus kinase inhibitors.