Table of contents (Vol 8, No 1)
EDITORIAL

Should Australia consider opt-out HIV testing?
 
In 2012 and 2013, Australia had the highest incidence of HIV diagnoses in 20 years. The recent increase in HIV diagnoses reflects changing infection patterns that warrant an exploration of current testing practices. This editorial explores the opt-out HIV testing, which could decrease the number of undiagnosed infections and provide for timely connection to care.
By Stacy Leidel, Ruth McConigley, Duncan Boldy, Sally Wilson, Sonya Girdler,

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RESEARCH

Percutaneous aspiration versus catheter drainage of liver abscess: A retrospective review
 

Liver abscess is a surgical dilemma with substantial morbidity and mortality. Percutaneous intervention, either aspiration (PA) or catheter drainage (PCD), has become the preferred first therapeutic choice for liver abscess drainage. Which is better, however, remains debatable. 

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By Gurjeet Dulku, Geetha Mohan, Shaun Samuelson, John Ferguson, Jonathan Tibballs

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Synergy of drug combinations in treating multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
 

Combination treatment using drugs demonstrating synergy may be effective in treating patients with multidrug-resistant infections. In this study, levofloxacin with piperacillin-tazobactam emerged as an effective treatment alternative that could be used before carbapenems in the treatment of multidrug-resistant strains. 

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By Meher Rizvi, Junaid Ahmed, Fatima Khan, Indu Shukla, Abida Mailk, Hiba Sami

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CASE STUDY

A unique case of bilateral sciatic nerve variation
 

This study identifies between-side variation of nerve location within the gluteal compartments of a single cadaver. This identification may contribute to improvement in diagnosis and intervention of pathologies in this area. 

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By James J Butz, Daya V Raman, Srikanteswara Viswanath

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Selective myelosuppression following yellow phosphorus ingestion
 

Yellow phosphorus toxicity can result in fulminant liver failure. This study presents a case of a teenage girl who ingested 5g of yellow phosphorous. It reveals that serial monitoring of blood counts may provide clues leading to early detection of myelosuppression from yellow phosphorus toxicity.

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By Aneesh Basheer, Sudhagar Mookkappan, Somanath Padhi, Nayyar Iqbal

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Social media and the future of medicine
 

Social media and the future of medicine 

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By Marzieh Nikafshar

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