Michael Tam

Michael Tam is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice, the University of Sydney. There, he is the academic lead in running courses for health administrators and GPs from (the People's Republic of) China. He is also a Staff Specialist at the academic General Practice Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Ingham Institute. The Unit provides family medicine services to the diverse communities of South Western Sydney, medical education, research, and health services development, especially in integrated care. Michael's clinical interest is in comorbid substance use disorder and mental health disorders. His research interests are risky drinking detection in primary care, integrated care, and medical education.

Most commented posts

  1. Glucosamine and/or chondroitin for osteoarthritis — 2 comments
  2. Incidence and progression of thyroid dysfunction in elderly — 2 comments
  3. Daily aspirin on long-term risk of death due to cancer — 1 comment
  4. Is glucosamine effective for osteoarthritis pain? — 1 comment
  5. Zinc for the common cold — 1 comment

Author's posts

Oct 30

Starting allopurinol in acute gout

Hill et al. J Clin Rheumatol 2015;21(3):120-5.
It is unclear what effect starting allopurinol in acute has on symptoms, due to the lack of good evidence. It may be preferable to avoid starting allopurinol in an acute attack, but this should not be a dogmatic stance.

Sep 04

Corticosteroid injections for tennis elbow

Olaussen et al. BMJ Open 2013;3(10):e003564
Corticosteroid injections should generally be avoided for tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).

Jul 10

Pelargonium sidoides extract (Kaloba (R)) for the common cold

Timmer et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 10. Art. No .: CD006323.
There exists only very-low quality evidence of the effect of Pelargonium sidoides extract on the common cold.

May 15

Paracetamol for acute low-back pain

Williams et al. Lancet 2014;384(9954):1586-96.
Paracetamol does not have an effect on time to recovery for acute low-back pain in the general practice setting.

Mar 13

Yoghurt to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in children

Fox MJ, et al. BMJ Open 2015;5(1): e006474
Probiotic yoghurt appears to reduce the incidence of diarrhoea in children receiving antibiotics in general practice settings.

Nov 07

St John’s wort for minor depression

Rapaport MH, et al. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2011; 45(7): 931-941
St John’s wort is probably ineffective for minor depression.

Sep 05

Does caffeine help with migraines?

Derry et al. Cochrane Database of Syst Rev 2012, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD009281
Oral caffeine as a single dose may have a modest effect on acute pain when used as an adjuvant to oral analgesia.

Jul 11

Echinacea and the common cold in children

Taylor JA, et al. JAMA 2003; 290(21): 2824-30
Echinacea does not appear to be an effective treatment for the common cold in children.

May 16

Newer oral contraceptives and risk of venous thrombosis

de Bastos M, et al. Cochrane Database of Syst Rev 2014, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010813
cOCPs containing drospirenone as compared to levonorgestrel are associated with twice the risk of venous thrombosis.

Apr 16

Diagnostic utility of rheumatoid factor in low risk population

Nishimura K, et al. Ann Intern Med 2007; 146(11): 797-808
There is no role for diagnostic rheumatoid factor (RF) testing in someone without inflammatory arthritis.