Michael Tam

Michael Tam is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice, the University of Sydney. There, he is the academic lead for international postgraduate courses run by the Discipline. 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

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.

Mar 14

Mediterranean diets in type 2 diabetes

Ajala O, et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2013; 97(3): 505-516
The Mediterranean diet appears to be as good as other diets at improving glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Nov 08

Are statins effective for primary prevention in people with low cardiovascular risk?

Tonelli M, et al. CMAJ 2011; 183(16): E1189-E1202
Statins appear to have a (small) cardiovascular benefit, even in individuals at low CVD risk.

Sep 06

Is folate effective for methotrexate side effects?

Shea B, et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD000951
Low dose folic acid (≤ 7 mg/week) substantially reduces the likelihood of certain side-effects of methotrexate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Jul 12

Does zinc reduce the symptoms of the common cold?

Science M, Johnstone J, Roth DE, Guyatt G, Loeb M. CMAJ 2012; 184(10): E551-E561
Oral zinc reduces the duration of cold symptoms in adults, but at the cost of side-effects.

May 24

Is yoghurt helpful for antibiotic-associated diarrhoea?

Conway S, Hart A, Clark A, Harvey I. BJGP 2007; 57(545): 953-959
Yoghurt eaters in this study might have suffered less antibiotic-associated diarrhoea as compared to those who ate no yoghurt.

Mar 15

Do calcium supplements increase the risk of myocardial infarction?

Bolland M, et al. BMJ 2010; 341: c3691
Calcium supplements may increase the risk of myocardial infarction, but, there is substantial uncertainty in the estimate.

Nov 23

Is glucosamine effective for osteoarthritis pain?

Wandel S, Jüni P, Tendal B, et al. BMJ 2010; 341: c4675
Glucosamine does not appear to be effective for knee or hip osteoarthritis pain.

Sep 28

Can exercise be a treatment for depression?

Chalder M, et al. BMJ 2012; 344:e2758
Recommending structured moderate or vigorous exercise in addition to routine GP care is not effective for the treatment of depression.

Aug 03

Does warming LAs reduce the pain of injection?

Hogan ME, VanderVaart S, Perampaladas K, et al. Ann Emerg Med 2011 Jul; 58(1): 86-98.e1
Warming the local anaesthetic probably does reduce pain in general, but not by much in most individuals.