Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Suzanne Bedford

PhD, BSc, Honorary Research Fellow, Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD

Chewing the fat over statins: Consumer concerns about lipid-lowering medication

Hyperlipidaemia is one of the most common problems managed by general practitioners (GPs) and the majority of lipid-lowering drugs are prescribed by GPs.1 Statins have been shown to effectively...

Your questions about complementary medicines answered: fish oil

What is fish oil?Fish oil, derived from fatty fish, is an important source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and...

Your questions about complementary medicines answered: gingko biloba

What is ginkgo biloba?Ginkgo biloba is extracted from the leaves of the maidenhair tree, which is native to China. The nuts from the tree are considered a delicacy in some countries but are known...

Your questions about complementary medicines answered: glucosamine

What is glucosamine?Glucosamine is an amino acid and precursor in the biochemical synthesis of glycosaminoglycans, which are structural components of cartilage. It is widely used to improve joint...

Your questions about complementary medicines answered: St John’s wort

What is St Johns wort?Extracts of St John’s wort (SJW) or Hypericum perforatum, a perennial herb with small yellow flowers, are widely available in pharmacies and health food stores. Historically...


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