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Abstract

Anaemia is frequently encountered in general practice. Anaemia is not a diagnosis but a presentation of an underlying cause. Although iron deficiency anaemia is the one that is most commonly recognised; there are various classifications of anaemia with numerous causes. It is important for primary care physicians to recognise, diagnose and appropriately manage all types of anaemia.
The article sets to deliver a concise overview of anaemia for the general physician with clear systematic pathways for common anaemias that can be adopted for use during a busy surgery.

Trust! Defined by the OED as, “Firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something”. This month’s healthcare news is deluged with the “loss in trust between clinical staff and the government”. It is the words, truth and reliability, which interest me in the definition.

 

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General Practitioners are commonly faced with abnormalities of the full blood count. This can vary from thrombocytopenia, to lymphocytosis to eosinophilia, amongst others. We aim to provide practical guidance for managing these problems in primary care, with reference to various professional guidelines where appropriate. The approach to other disorders such as lymphadenopathy, paraproteins, haemochromatosis, as well as antibodies in pregnancy, is also discussed. The approach to anaemia has been covered in a separate linked article.

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Herbal supplements are in widespread use in all medical specialties. Evidence that supports their efficacy and safety is often lacking and the GP, physician or specialist nurse are left with very little objective advice to give patients. In this article, an update is given on a range of supplements used in musculoskeletal medicine with the specific purpose of informing health care providers and allowing them to offer the best advice on their use.

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Sexual dysfunctions affect both men and women and include Delayed Ejaculation, Male Erectile Disorder, Female Orgasmic Disorder, Female Sexual Interest-Arousal Disorder, Genito-Pelvic Pain Disorder/Penetration Disorder, Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Premature Ejaculation and Substance-Medication Induced Sexual Dysfunction. Untreated sexual dysfunctions may cause significant distress and interpersonal difficulty in some individuals or couples. The diagnosis of sexual dysfunctions includes a thorough medical history and evaluation, followed by the appropriate medical, psychological and psychosocial treatment interventions.

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