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Latest news - Monday, 27 February 2017

MPs raise concerns over STPs

Government must prove changes are 'not just a cover for cuts'

NHS investigating data loss 'scandal'

Mix-up meant some 500,000 documents, including test results, were placed in storage

Doctors urged to listen more and treat less

Scotland's CMO outlines her vision for 'realistic medicine'

Charity says GPs 'failing' patients with eating disorders

But RCGP defends doctors' treatment and referral procedures

Hospitals 'must' become tobacco-free

New campaign urges hospitals to do more to stamp out smoking


On The Pulse - February 2017

What do we really know about e-cigarettes?

The wrong words

Let’s not use terms relating to health as pejoratives

Gluten-free food

Should we really be prescribing it?

Cracking down on health tourism

Should GPs be the financial gatekeeper to NHS services?

The biology of cancer cell shape

Cancer Research UK explains why it is important

On The Pulse - January 2017

MRI scan could improve prostate cancer diagnosis

The incredible invisible bed crisis

Primary care’s metaphorical beds must be as visible as those in hospital


Join the OnMedica Media Panel

OnMedica has launched a media panel that will enable its members to air their views to the media on topical healthcare issues in the UK

Brexit white paper unveiled: what next for the NHS?

Elisabetta Zanon takes a look at how exiting the EU will impact the health sector

Strategies to boost surgery income

There are many ways a GP practice can make the most of their property to maximise revenue, says Paul Conlan

Allied Health Professionals into Action

Linda Hindle explains what this means for public health

A new focus on falls prevention

Preventing falls is important for the health and wellbeing of older people as well as the future of our health and social care services, says Kevin Fenton

Keeping our focus on suicide prevention

Kevin Fenton discusses the progress made with suicide prevention strategies and the guidance available

Do we now have a basis for a coherent quality strategy in the NHS?

Tim Gardner discusses the publication of a significant new policy document: the National Quality Board’s 'Shared commitment to quality'

Eating disorders

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


Smoking cessation

An article on managing smoking cessation in primary care

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Yellow card reporting integrated into second clinical software system; NICE recommends anyone diagnosed with colorectal cancer be tested for Lynch syndrome

Heavy menstrual bleeding

This article looks at the causes and diagnosis of menorrhagia as well as the treatment options and referral criteria

Drug and Therapeutics Udpate

SMC issues several positive recommendations including treatments for lung and colorectal cancer, chronic migraine and hypercholesterolaemia; views sought on congenital heart disease standards

Gestational diabetes

GDM is associated with a range of adverse pregnancy outcomes for both the mother and baby. This article looks at screening, diagnosis and management.

Impaired glucose regulation (pre-diabetes)

This article looks at the identification and management of individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes


A clinical article summarising the handling of sensitive personal information and changes in the latest GMC guidance

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE issues guidance to support new mothers with mental health problems; intrabeam radiotherapy system approved; palbociclib deemed not cost effective by NICE

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