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Weekly Dose: fentanyl, the anaesthetic that may have been used as a chemical weapon on Chechen rebels Nial Wheate, University of Sydney Fentanyl is a synthetic analgesic (pain relieving) drug …

Health Check: what your pee and poo colour says about your health Clare Collins, University of Newcastle; Kristine Pezdirc, University of Newcastle, and Megan Rollo, University of Newcastle Out of …

Experts believe that if healthcare practitioners had a clearer understanding of men’s differing health needs, healthcare promotions and services could be more effective, writes Leanne Philpott You might say men …

Efficacy is estimated to be as high as 99% in men who have sex with men who take Truvada daily. Sharon Lewin, Consultant Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital & …

The overwhelming sea of over-the-counter cold and flu treatments will have many customers turning to their pharmacist for advice, writes Leanne Philpott If we’re honest I think all of us …

Probiotics are a growing global commodity, with the pharmacist being called upon to help customers sort the facts from the fiction While a myriad health claims exist with very limited …

Weekly Dose: Valium, the ‘safer choice’ that led to dependence and addiction Moira Sim, Edith Cowan University Valium is a brand name for diazepam, which belongs to a group of …

The drugs made me do it: can prescription side-effects be an excuse for crime? Arlie Loughnan, University of Sydney This week, a man who murdered his wife while she slept …

Australian GPs are offered guidelines not relevant to their patients, and they often ignore them Gerard Gill, Deakin University Guidelines for GPs are often based on evidence and studies performed …

Weekly Dose: ice and speed, the drugs that kept soldiers awake and a president young Julaine Allan Ice is a slang name for crystal methamphetamine – a stimulant drug that …

Too much salt and sugar and not enough exercise, experts say Rebecca Lindberg, Victoria University; Maximilian de Courten, Victoria University, and Rosemary Calder, Victoria University The report card is in. …

Are pharmacies taking the right approach in their medication management services? Provision of dose administration aids is now very much an accepted, standard part of pharmacy practice, but is the …