Table of contents (Vol 8, No 8)
EDITORIAL

Medicines shortages in Australia–the reality
 

Shortages of essential medicines is a global problem. This editorial highlights the issues, actions taken by other countries, and suggests what Australia should do to ensure sustainable supply chains.

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By Simon Quilty

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RESEARCH

UCBC: A diagnostic test for early onset neonatal sepsis
 

Umbilical cord blood culture (UCBC) can be a useful diagnostic test for early onset neonatal sepsis (EONS), especially for neonates who were given prophylactic antibiotic before collection of blood for culture.

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By Jothi Meena, Marie Victor Pravin Charles, Arunava Kali, Siva Ramakrishnan, Seetesh Ghosh, Kunigal Srinivasaiah Seetha

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REVIEW

A new hope for treatment against C. difficile
 

Cadazolid has shown promising results as a treatment against C. difficile, and may emerge as a first-line therapeutic choice for both primary and recurrent C. difficile infections.

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By Arunava Kali, Pravin MV Charles, Sreenivasan Srirangaraj

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Screening immune system function in at-risk newborns
 

A program for detecting compromised immune system for the neonate at birth may reduce the incidence of health problems. This review assesses the practicality of screening newborns for impaired immune system. Given that immunological mediated diseases in adulthood emerge during postnatal life, such a program may prove cost effective long term.

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By Christopher Pavlovski

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CASE STUDY

Small bowel Sarcoma: A rare case report
 

This case report highlights the identification process of small bowel sarcomas (SBS), which can help the surgeon identify the type of tumour present. Resection with adequate margins is required with omentectomy to reduce the chance of recurrence. 

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By Pramod Durgakeri

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BOOK REVIEW

Book review
 

This is a review of Being Mortal, a book about care of the elderly and end of life.

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By P Ravi Shankar

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