Table of contents (Vol 7, No 9)
EDITORIAL

Driving with dementia: equity, obligation, and insurance
 
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has predicted that by 2056, one in four Australians will be 65 or older. Since the prevalence of dementia rises with age, we can expect more drivers with dementia on Australian roads. This editorial considers the social impact of a loss of licence; driver and health professional obligations to report conditions that can adversely affect driving; and the response of motor vehicle insurers to the issue of driving with dementia.
 
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By John Carmody, Michael Carey, Jan Potter, Elena Marchetti, Victoria Traynor, Don Iverson

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RESEARCH

Clinical handover: An audit from Australia
 

Clinical handover between doctors is a high-risk activity for patient safety. With the reduction in house medical officer (HMO) hours in Australia to comply with safe working hours, the number of handovers occurring between HMOs has increased. Given this increase, the importance of having a robust handover practice is vital. This paper is the first to report on HMO shift-to-shift clinical handover practices at a tertiary hospital relative to the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

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By Heather Michelle Pascoe, Stephen D Gill, Andrew Hughes, Martin McCall-White

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CASE STUDY

Metastatic Parathyroid Carcinoma treated with Radiofrequency Ablation: A novel therapeutic modality
 

Parathyroid carcinoma is a rare endocrine malignancy with an incidence of 5.73 per 10 million persons. This case study reports the successful treatment of metastatic parathyroid carcinoma using radiofrequency ablation. Radiofrequency ablation has the potential to be a novel and effective alternative to surgery in severe metastatic disease.

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By Riddhi DasGupta, Sahana Shetty, Shyamkumar Nidugala Keshava, Mayank Gupta, Mazhuvanchary Jacob Paul, Nihal Thomas

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Acute Multiple Cranial Neuropathy-a cranial variant of Guillain Barre Syndrome
 

Guillain-Barré syndrome covers the heterogeneous group of acute immune-mediated polyradiculoneuropathies, usually presenting as post-infectious ascending paralysis. Cranial nerves can be affected in a minority of cases. This case reports a rare presentation of GBS affecting multiple cranial nerves with the exception of the facial nerve and without any peripheral nerve involvement.

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By Rupal Dosi, Annirudh Ambaliya, Niyati Patel, Monisha Shah, Rushad Patell

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Hymenolepis diminuta infection in a school-going child: A rare case report
 

Hymenolepis diminuta is very rare among human beings, with children being accidental hosts. Because of its rare incidence, this case of H. diminuta has implications for public health. With proper inspection of grains, cereals, and rodent control measures, along with proper sanitation and personal hygiene, these parasitic infections can be prevented without morbidity. This study is intended to act as an important stimulus to initiate more community studies, especially in a developing country like India.

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By Ramakrishnan Kalaivani, Lakshmanaperumal Nandhini, Kunigal Srinivasaiah Seetha

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letters to the Editor
 

The problems with neonatal immune system screening using glutathione levels; Response to “The problems with neonatal immune system screening using glutathione levels”; Paracetamol-induced liver failure: Would a standard set of guidelines improve outcome?

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By Adrian YS Lee, Kathleen Lim, John B Ziegler, Christopher J Pavlovski, Janice Miller, Stephen Warrillow, Michael Reade

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BOOK REVIEW

Book review: Human development report 2014
 

UNDP Human Development Report 2014

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By P Ravi Shankar

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