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Latest news - Sunday, 2 August 2015

NICE tackles maternal and child nutrition

Quality standard aims to stave off health problems associated with poor diet

Black men in England twice as likely as white men to die from prostate cancer

But Asian men nearly 50% less likely to be diagnosed with or to die from the disease

Regulator scrutinises CCG selection process and pricing arrangements in London

Concerns raised about whether process was carried out ‘in best interests of patients’

Quarter of patients need 3+ GP visits before cancer test referral

But more than 3 trips sets scene for greater dissatisfaction with overall care quality

Blogs

On The Pulse - 31st July 2015

Missing data on the adverse effects of statins

Taskforce report

Achieving world-class cancer outcomes

On The Pulse - 24th July 2015

The environmental determinants of health

Hearing aids

Reducing the stigma

On The Pulse - 17th July 2015

Evaluating the performance of online symptom checkers

European data laws

Where privacy meets progress in research

On the Pulse - 10th July 2015

Stroke accelerates cognitive decline

Candid Candour

Duty of Candour - clinicians will probably catch on, but how will management shape up?

On The Pulse - 03rd July 2015

A new treatment for psoriatic arthritis

Views

Palliative care

We must end the inequity in access to palliative care, says Dr Jane Collins

Population health management: lessons from abroad

As the journey towards health and social care integration progresses, Colin Henderson explores what lessons can be learnt from overseas initiatives

Nurse Coaching

The new paradigm of medicine and health - what’s in it for nurses?

Local authorities and general practice – getting the partnership right

Jon Rouse reflects on the challenge to local government arising from the 'new deal' for general practice

Human plus machine equals better medicine

Dr Guy Wood-Gush imagines the future of artificial intelligence in medicine and argues that while machines will never take over from doctors they could improve the practice of medicine dramatically

The confidence improvement equation

Improving care service provision. What does it mean, why is it important and what can be done to make it happen?

Why have total reward strategies?

A way to square the difficult circle of maximizing employee engagement when financial budgets are tight

‘Smart’ rostering

Sam Gallagher, Executive Director at Skills for Health, discusses how to effectively manage the clinical workforce and limit spending on agency staff

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

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

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Quality standards on nutrition; all clear for alteplase; green light for new cholesterol drug

Dyspepsia

This case history covers the diagnosis and management of dyspepsia with reference to the recent NICE guidelines

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE tackles variation in bipolar disorder care; new options for diabetic macular oedema; GORD sufferers urged to self-care

Blepharitis

A clinical refresher which looks at the common condition of blepharitis including underlying causes and treatment options for patients

Drug and Therapeutics Update

MHRA launches phone app for reporting Yellow Card data; NICE recommends anti-blood clotting drug and publishes quality standard on atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation

This case history covers the presentation and management of a patient with atrial fibrillation

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Guidance issued to reduce harm from smoking; EU-wide logo for online medicines; approval for anticoagulant medicine; and green-light for HPV vaccine

Rabies

Rabies is the only communicable disease in man that is 100% fatal but 100% preventable

 

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