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Latest news - Thursday, 1 September 2016

Nurses warn of growing vacancy rate in Scotland as NHS headcount set to rise

Health board workforce projections indicate 750 more full time staff for 2016-17

GPs must have longer patient consultations, says BMA

BMA calls for 25 consultations per day maximum restriction

Age, weight, general wellbeing all affect survival after chemotherapy

First national analysis of breast and lung cancer treatment outside clinical trials

Antibiotic resistance prompts STI treatment overhaul

WHO issues new guidelines for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis

Asthma costs UK health service at least £1bn every year

Figures likely to be substantial underestimate, say researchers

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Breast cancer and HRT

No need to panic about recent study results, says Louise Newson

Brexit and cancer research

What does Brexit mean for Cancer Research UK?

On The Pulse - August 2016

Active surveillance might be better in advanced kidney cancer

What value do GPs offer?

Truly understanding the complexities and demands of working in an out-of-hospital environment key to value what GPs offer

The Government’s children’s obesity plan 'will fail children'

Cancer Research UK gives three reasons why

Impossible things

Can the NHS fly through the turbulences?


Will removing bursaries for student nurses actually lead to more nursing staff?

Toby Watt, from the Health Foundation, looks at the data

Money can’t stand in the way of better healthcare

Some of the greatest healthcare innovations in New York occurred during the Great Recession. And that’s why the director of New York State’s $54bn Medicaid programme is urging the NHS to innovate at all costs

Transforming services: a systems-based approach

Kevin Fenton explains PHE's work with the Value Based Healthcare Programme at the University of Oxford to develop a systems-based approach to healthcare

Putting quality first

As 12% of UK hospitals don’t have an agreed policy for alerting clinicians when x-rays or scans contain critical or urgent findings, David Howard explains the value of technology in underpinning quality assurance

What does it mean to be a Multispecialty Community Provider?

As NHS England sets out the details of the multispecialty community provider care model, two leading GPs take a look at what the proposals could mean

Ear disorders

A review of various ear disorders illustrated by clinical pictures



Patients seeing a medical healthcare professional can find examinations distressing and embarrassing and it is important for any clinician to be sensitive to this fact

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Aflibercept approved for visual impairment treatment; menstrual bleeding guidance updated; trifluridine accepted to treat metastatic colorectal cancer


An overview of the processes of grieving, with a useful list of the risk factors for an abnormal response to bereavement

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Two drugs set to be removed from CDF; ticagrelor decision could benefit thousands; new pill for lung cancer

A generalist’s guide to sarcoma

Rare but serious: how to avoid missing the malignant lumps and bumps

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Alert issued on faulty glucose test strips; talimogene laherparepvec recommended for advanced melanoma; first generic version of Tamiflu approved in the US

Amiodarone: thyroid monitoring

This article looks at amiodarone and its effects on the thyroid gland. It covers hypothyroidism and thyrotoxicosis, the differences between type 1 and type 2 amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis and the specific treatment options

Medical Expo

Do you think 10-min GP consultations are too short? (See OnMedica News 30/08)

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