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Latest news - Monday, 17 December 2018

Private firms get £26m bonus from NHS shake-up

Reorganisation plans have also created more than 550 new non-clinical jobs

NHS aims to become 'world's safest health service'

It plans to cut avoidable harm in key areas including sepsis, pressure ulcers and infections

NHS long-term plan delayed due to Brexit chaos

Well-placed sources say the plan is likely to be unveiled in January

Anti-anxiety treatment hopes for autism

Training patients to tune into their own heartbeats may reduce symptoms

Teething gels to come off supermarket shelves

Medicines regulator says their is 'little evidence' that they work


On The Pulse - December 2018

How to jingle all the weight this Christmas?

State-backed or practice-backed indemnity?

A ‘rescue package’ that is not all what it seems

Spotting lung cancers’ ‘crime hotspots’

Scientists are turning to crime-mapping tech as a new way to look at cancer

Clever Hans 2.0

Artificial intelligence in medicine - just a one-trick pony?

Hepatocellular carcinoma risk, cirrhosis and hepatitis C

High profile public health strategy needed


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

NHS strain would worsen in the face of a harsh Brexit

While uncertainties continue around Brexit, Luna Williams,Immigration Advice Service, discusses the impact of a hard Brexit on the NHS workforce

Accelerating Innovation in the NHS

The NHS RightCare Hot Housing Implementation Lead for the North region reflects on what is changing so that future innovations can be adopted sooner

The batteries must be included in NHS England’s long-term plan for research

Shaun Griffin, interim head of policy and public affairs at the AMRC warns the plan can’t be delivered unless the strategy equips its workforce to deliver research

Hypertension: what’s new and how might this impact practice?

A review of new evidence around management and how this can guide current consultations with hypertensive patients ahead of NICE’s upcoming guidance update


Drug and Therapeutics Update - 14th December

CAR T-cell therapy now recommended for some types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in final draft guidance, NICE rejects vandetanib for medullary thyroid cancer; SMC accepts pertuzumab for HER2 positive breast cancer

Subclinical hypothyroidism

A review of the aetiology, presentation and management of this common condition, especially in the elderly, which may cause some symptoms of hypothyroidism, so is not always truly subclinical


A 68-year-old lady presents with “hip pains” and leg weakness with difficulty getting out of a chair. She complains of feeling tired and is a little overweight

Latex allergy

An overview of the risks and management of latex allergy in healthcare settings, particularly in relation to the use of latex gloves.

Allergic contact dermatitis

A 15-year-old girl presents with the sudden onset of itchy, red eyes. On examination, the peri-orbital skin is red and scaly

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