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Latest news - Saturday, 23 May 2015

Damning report rates Barts 'inadequate'

Inspectors found 'significant concerns' with leadership, safety and effectiveness of UK largest NHS trust

Scientists unveil 'Rosetta Stone' of prostate cancer

Genetic map will help decode complexity of disease and tailor bespoke treatments

Middle-aged skin 'shows signs of cancer'

More than a quarter of the skin of older people reveal mutations leading to cancer

Neural implant allows paralysed man to sip a drink unaided

Experts say brain-controlled robotics is getting closer to becoming a reality

UK alcohol consumption 'hugely' underestimated

Drinking on holiday, weddings and other celebrations accounts for 'missing units'


On The Pulse - 22nd May 2015

Little benefit from oral steroids in sciatica


"Go placidly amid the noise and haste for there is a growing need to chill out."

On The Pulse - 15th May 2015

Long-term benefits of antiplatelet treatment after myocardial infarction

Truth and Lies

For the NHS to thrive, as well as survive, it needs to be built on collaboration, compassion and honesty

Alcohol contributing to obesity

Louise Newson discusses the effect of alcohol on obesity in the UK

On The Pulse - 08th May 2015

Is the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder increasing?

Election 2015

What are the parties saying about cancer?

On The Pulse - 01st May 2015

Vaccine offers partial protection against malaria


An effective alternative to antidepressants?

Yes please, Prime Minister

A theatrical piece where the protagonists have to come up with ideas to propel the new government in the right direction


Person-centred care and support presents a moment of opportunity

There are real opportunities to build on the great strengths of our NHS while making important shifts which reflect a changing society. But these opportunities will not make themselves, says Martin Routledge

How to build a better bike team

All the tinkering with general practice and the absence of any responsible ‘performance director’ has resulted in the equivalent of a bike with only one pedal, argues Terry Kemple

Cross-party health and care debate

Reassurances resound but questions remain following the cross-party health and care debate, writes Phil McCarvill

The war for talent meets the war on attrition

As pressure on the NHS continues to intensify, the need to ensure the workforce has the right numbers, skills, behaviours and values to improve patient care is the highest priority

Charity service innovations

They can help transform the NHS, says Mike Hobday, director of policy at the British Heart Foundation

Joint working and cultural change are vital components for integration

It’s not just about changing structures, says Ewan King, Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence

Collaboration + determination = real change for better patient care

Only through collaboration and determination can real change happen to improve the quality of patient care, writes Professor Jane Dacre. Are we getting there?

Can pharmacists be dispensed as a 'fix-all' for GPs?

Is putting pharmacists in surgeries really a fix for over-subscribed GPs and the patients they care for, asks Rob Darracott

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

This article looks at the presentation, diagnosis and management of this common condition


Drug and Therapeutics Update

Scottish Government doubles fund for medicines for rare conditions; plan to incentivise pharmaceutical industry to develop new antibiotics; and SIGN issues guideline on the diagnosis and management of epilepsy

Eating disorders

This course will cover the diagnosis and management of eating disorders, with particular reference to information useful in a primary care setting

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New treatment for enthesitis-related arthritis; approval for treatment for visually impairment due to diabetic macular oedema; idelalisib approved as follicular lymphoma treatment

Vaginal discharge

This article covers common causes of vaginal discharge and the approach to the investigation and management of these

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New EMA rules to ensure independence from Big Pharma; antibiotic approved for skin infections; and consultation to update NICE stroke quality standard

Breast cancer screening

This article summarises the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England, including discussion of its benefits and harms

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Guidance on newer insulins will cut dosing errors; restrict hydroxyzine dosage to reduce risk of arrhythmias; avoid some hep C meds with amiodarone

Long-acting GLP-1 agonists for type 2 diabetes

A summary of how this class of treatment fits into the management of patients with diabetes. This article includes references to NICE guidance

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE develops guidelines on safe staffing levels in community care; and US FDA approves first surgical corneal implant to improve near vision

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

This article looks at the presentation, diagnosis and management of this common condition


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