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Latest news - Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Large shortfall in mental health care for new mothers, UK survey reveals

Only a handful of referrals made, and long waits for treatment common

GPs poorly informed about degenerative eye disease, survey suggests

Timely information and support vital to help stave off progression, say researchers

Global alliance now needed to drive down obesity, argue experts

UK government has failed to tackle issue properly; and voluntary measures won’t cut it

European cancer death rates falling faster in men

Trends largely explained by decline in cancers associated with tobacco use

UK women expected to live until 85 and men to 82 by 2030

But South Korean women will live longest, potentially surpassing 90 years of age


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

Mrs May was spot on with her comments

How a ‘dead cat strategy’ can take the heat out of a political crisis


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

Allied Health Professionals into Action

Linda Hindle explains what this means for public health

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

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'

Managing minor illness in primary care – external ear complaints

An article on managing external ear complaints in primary care


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

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

In a spin: diagnosis and management of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE advises on falls and hip fracture; SIGN offers guidance on cutaneous melanoma; new booklet for young people with autism

Medical Expo

Do you think CCGs are supporting struggling trusts adequately? (See OnMedica News 21/02)

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