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July 2017

Echo Newsletter

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New Breast & Endocrine Surgeon in SWS

SWS welcomes Dr Caitlin Lim to our area. She has just recently commenced as a BREAST, ENDOCRINE AND GENERAL SURGEON at Campbelltown Hospital. She is a member of BreastSurgANZ and Australia and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons. She has presented at the Australasian Society for Breast Diseases and Clinical Oncology Society of Australia  conferences. Her special interest is Breast Surgery, in particular Breast Reconstruction (Oncoplastic  Surgery). She is undertaking a Master of Breast Surgery at Uni of Syd.She has appointments at Campbelltown Public and Private Hospitals as well as BreastScreen NSW. She can be contacted at

 4 Hyde Pde Campbelltown 2560. t: 02 46276921 or fx: 02 46206766 

Next month

  • Iron Deficiency in CCF - including latest guidelines on treatment of iron deficieny in CCF
  • Dr Caitlin Lim will commence a series of articles updating and up-skilling us on breast and endocrine diseases. First up, we will be exploring Breast Cancer Receptors in the August issue of Echo.
  • and more

cow_400_clr_12487A2 Milk - Is it better?

A2 milk is apparently the new supermilk, supposedly healthier than regular cow’s milk, which is predominantly made of A1 type beta-casein, because it’s “organic” and “natural”. The marketing behind A2 milk boasts the benefits as feeling less bloated, less nauseaous, and overall less uncomfortable, compared to the typical gastrointestinal symptoms


GDM’s unfinished business - Can you help?Pregnancies

Whenever you have many different definitions of a disease and many different guidelines for its management internationally, it usually means our data is not complete and more studies are needed.

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Telomeres are repeated chromosomal sequences tagged on at the end of chromosomes – they’re basically little “caps” on the ends of our chromosomes that don’t hold any actual chromosomal information. Their sole purpose is to protect important genetic information in the chromosome.

diseased_brain_400_clr_10342Ischaemic Stroke - revolutionary new treatment here now!

How does one reduce the residual disability further in those who has suffered a stroke? Removing blood clots from brain has been shown to give a patient a healthy and independent life even up to 24 hours after a stroke.

MRIKneeMedSpectrumLogoKnee Injury

MRI is an excellent tool for demonstrating injuries of the internal soft tissue structures in the joints. These internal structures cannot be visualised with Ultrasound and cannot be adequately assessed with CT.

MICLLCTARecanalisationLowResLower Limb CT Angiography - imaging lower limb peripheral vascular disease

Lower limb CT Angiography (LL CTA) is an adjunct to arterial lower limb Doppler imaging and in a vast majority of cases has obviated the need to perform catheter angiography of the lower limb arterial tree. Catheter angiography is reserved for intervention (angioplasty or stenting). Instead of arterial iodinated contrast, exquisite images of the arterial tree can be obtained via a venous bolus. .

stick_figure_eye_exam_pc_400_clr_4797Free Ophthalmologist

Eye Checks for Diabetics in South West Sydney

Low cost podiatry UniClinic
The CANVAS Study reports

The EMPA-REG was about empagliflozin and there was always a question as to whether the benefits seen with EMPA-REG was specific to empagliflozin or was it applicable to all SGLT2i. How does CANVAS contribute to the discussion?

CTHeartPreventing CAD - learning from the Tsimane people

The Tsimane people are a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon.. They have few coronary artery disease risk factors and have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date.


Peri-operative diabetes management



Fish Oils and Diabetic Retinopathy - do they help?

In a type 2 diabetes animal model, DHA-rich diet fully prevented retinal vascular pathology through inhibition of ASM in both retina and EPCs, leading to a concomitant suppression of retinal inflammation and correction of EPC number and function. Does it work in human diabetics?


The DELIGHT trial is a randomised, double-blinded, placebo controlled, parallel design study to evaluate the efficacy, safety and pharmacodynamics or dapagliflozin and dapagliflozin in combination with saxagliptin in CKD patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus and albuminuria treated with ACEi or ARB.




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