WONCA E-update 25 SEPTEMBER 2015

WONCA E-Update

Friday 25th September 2015

WONCA News – September 2015

The latest WONCA News, containing the usual mix of WONCA news, views and events, is available via the WONCA website.

WONCA Featured Doctors

Dr Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, an Argentinian doctor now residing in USA, is the Program Director of the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program at Duke University in North Carolina, USA.  She is a member of the WONCA Organizational Equity Committee (OEC), the Working Party on Education and the Special Interest Group on Migrant Health care.

Professor Enrique Barros has recently been appointed as Chair Pro Tem of WONCA’s Working Party on the Environment.  He lives and practices in Santa Maria do Herval, a rural town of 6,000 in the mountains of southern Brazil, and is also a professor at Universidade de Caxias do Sul.  


Clinical pearls are defined as small bits of free-standing, clinically relevant information based on experience or observation. They are part of the vast domain of experience-based medicine, and can be helpful in dealing with clinical problems for which controlled data do not exist.  Or, in brief, they are a short, straightforward piece of clinical advice.

From time to time WONCA publishes PEARLS which it feels may be of interest and use to its members.  Recent PEARLS published on the WONCA website include the following.  More information, and a library of previous PEARLS, can also be accessed via the website.

460 Calcium channel blockers minimally effective for Raynaud’s phenomenon

459 No evidence for routine systemic antibiotics for venous leg ulcers

458 Limited benefit from hip protectors

457 Vitamin D alone ineffective for preventing fractures

456 Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies can benefit common mental disorders

461 Minimal benefits from neuraminidase inhibitors in influenza

WONCA Rio 2016 – Call for abstracts

Our colleagues in the Rio Host Organizing Committee for the WONCA World Conference in November 2016 have advised us that they are now inviting submission of abstracts.

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