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Latest news - Saturday, 10 October 2015

Hunt urges BMA to return to negotiations on new contract

DH promises junior doctor pay will not be cut by 30%

NHS trust providers’ deficit reaches £930m

78% of NHS trusts are in deficit

Ebola UK nurse readmitted for specialist treatment

Scottish nurse flown back to London

Stronger rules needed over junk food advertising

74% of parents are pestered by their children for junk food

Third of young men in China could die from smoking

Experts urge large smoking cessation to avoid deaths


On The Pulse - 09th October 2015

Gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration

New brooms

Ever heard of 'Knight starvation'?

Striking anomalies

Doctors don’t strike. And yet… The situation for Junior Doctors is ‘utterly perverse’

On the Pulse - 02nd October 2015

The best anatomical approach for central venous lines

Vitamin D deficiency and cognitive decline

Another good reason to take supplements?

Needing assistance

Assisted dying: the difficult debate

On The Pulse - 25th September 2015

Time to close down the breast cancer screening programme

The National Service for Healthy People

Is it what the NHS actually is?

On The Pulse - 18th September 2015

Diagnosing pulmonary embolism in primary care

The benefits and risks of statins

How should we advise patients who are taking statins regarding the benefits and risks?


Role of pharmacists is set to grow and grow

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England Dr Keith Ridge gave a clear message to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference 2015

Why don’t dementia strategies work?

Government interest in dementia can cause problems for people with a long-term interest in improving the lives of people affected by it, says professor June Andrews

Trusting data is the next stage of the NHS’s digital journey

Professor Michael Thick, the transplant surgeon who took on the poisoned chalice of clinical leadership at NHS Connecting for Health and is now chief clinical officer at IMS Maxims, makes the case for a new way of looking at the electronic patient record

The NHS needs a defrag

The NHS is desperate for a defrag and we need to start today, says Graham Phillips

Britain must digitise the NHS

The call to fast track a new era of digital healthcare involves a whole lot more than simply creating a 'paperless NHS', says Eva Weber

Preventing HIV

Kevin Fenton, PHE National Director for Health and Wellbeing, describes new approaches to an ongoing problem

Academic world – the gender gap

Despite slowly increasing numbers, not enough women are securing senior research leadership roles, say Liz Sapey and Susan Wray from the SUSTAIN reference group

Good clinical leadership is a must-have for improving care

With clinical and managerial leadership under the spotlight following recent reports by Sir Robert Naylor and Lord Stuart Rose, Dr Alistair Blair shares why the NHS needs to “move on from the dogma of ‘clinician good, manager bad’”

Key questions in patients presenting with knee pain

This clinical article looks at the types of questions that should be asked of any patient presenting with knee pain in primary care


Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE recommends Keytruda for treating advanced skin cancer after treatment with ipilimumab and US FDA approves it for advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Iron deficiency anaemia: how far should we investigate?

This article looks at the investigation of iron deficiency anaemia, including: misleading ferritin levels, recent changes to NICE guidance and what to do when gastroscopy and colonoscopy have come back as normal

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New heart failure drug recommended; views on homeopathy sought; seven-day readmissions figures issued


This article gives an overview of undescended testes, including how to manage the condition and potential complications

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE publishes its first guideline for the social care sector, it also recommends a non-invasive diagnostic device, and approves an anti-blood clotting drug for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism

Relapsing polychondritis

This article gives an overview of relapsing polychondritis, the rare inflammatory condition predominately affecting the cartilage of the ears, nose and tracheobronchial tree

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New BPH treatment avoids tissue removal; more options for spine arthritis; flu vaccine protection better than thought


This article gives an overview of this condition and discusses the current treatment options available


Following Scotland’s move, would you welcome the removal of the QOF system in the rest of the UK? (See OnMedica News 02/10)

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