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Unorthodox testing and treatment for allergic disorders

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Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever & allergies.

Type 2 diabetes: blood glucose self-monitoring

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How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes: blood glucose self-monitoring

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How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

Ankle and knee imaging resources for consumers

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Ankle and knee resources for consumers, including useful links and factsheets.

Acute short-term low back pain

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The exact cause of low back pain can be difficult to identify. Download a factsheet about managing back pain.

What to do if you regularly use several medicines

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Managing several medicines at once can be a challenge, but these tips will help you avoid mishaps. Read about managing several medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Sleeping pills and older people: what are the risks?

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When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

The downside of ‘benzos’: risk of dependence

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Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects.

Medicines and dementia: what you need to know

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Medicines do not have to be part of your care plan for dementia, and if they are, they do not have to play a large role in your life. NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer’s Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. Read about how to communicate about dementia and your care on the NPS MedicineWise website.

What is a medicines review?

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A medicines review can improve your treatment and prevent problems, especially for elderly patients taking multiple drugs.

Tumour markers

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Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

What is a vitamin D test

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Vitamin D levels are determined by a simple blood test that measures 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).