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Latest news - Monday, 23 January 2017

More than half of AF patients symptom free after catheter ablation

But international study shows 4 out of 10 are not getting recommended comprehensive monitoring

NI GPs urge all political parties to back future of general practice

Open letter comes as GP leaders in England raise alarm over general practice closures

Special scan may curb need for first biopsy in 1 in 4 men with prostate cancer

mpMRI scan also better at picking up aggressive forms of the disease

Continuity of maternity care to be priority for every woman in Scotland

One of 76 proposals for national overhaul of maternity and newborn services

Record numbers of NHS frontline staff have had flu jab this winter

Almost 62% so far, with proportion expected to rise in January and February

Blogs

Mrs May was spot on with her comments

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

Searching for a blood test to monitor ovarian cancer

The race is on to develop simple, non-invasive tests for cancer

“Sugar-free” drinks – are they really healthy?

Louise Newson discusses a recent study on the subject

On The Pulse - December 2016

‘Drink plenty of fluids’ not always good advice

Moderating demand

Can primary care really absorb excess capacity from hospitals?

Now that’s what I call Christmas

Despite the reasons to go 'bah humbug', patients' gratitude can make things better

Menopause and work

Louise Newson discusses new guidelines

Views

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

A&E is the barometer for a health and care system under pressure

What happens in one part of our health and care system reverberates across all other parts – that's why whole-system solutions are needed to avoid a winter crisis

What lies ahead for healthcare in Wales in 2017 and beyond?

With a narrow window in which to move the Welsh NHS onto a pathway to sustainability, Michael Trickey considers what needs to happen in the years ahead

Who knows best when it comes to emergency hospital admissions?

Healthcare services are missing a major trick when it comes to emergency hospital admissions, writes Jon Glasby, professor at the University of Birmingham

Q&A on GP premises

The GP surveyors team answers some common questions about GP premises, including notional rent in the context of the new MCP contracts and lease requirements when retiring

What lies ahead for local clinical commissioning?

If we lose the clinical voice from healthcare commissioning in the years ahead, the NHS will be poorer for it, writes the head of policy at NHS Clinical Commissioners

Managing sports injuries: shoulder rotator cuff injury

Rotator cuff pathology encompasses a variety of diagnoses, each with their own treatment options

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Potentially curative hepatitis C drug for Scotland; SMC approves chronic pain skin patch; new TB resource; views sought on data standards for alcohol and drug use

Eye problems

Eye complaints are common in a general practice setting. This article looks at conditions involving areas other than the eyelid.

Eye problems: the eyelids

This article looks at conditions which affect the eyelids of patients that may present to primary care

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE approves kidney cancer drug for NHS; pembrolizumab recommended with conditions for treating lung cancer; quality standard issued on improving oral health in care homes

A clinical review of testicular tumours

A precis of the two main types of testicular tumours, seminomas and non-seminomas, that develop from the germ cells that make sperm

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Offer LTRA before combination inhalers; trastuzumab ‘too costly’; US approves tissue expander for mastectomy patients

Emergency contraception

A clinical article on the use and pitfalls of contraception following unprotected sexual intercourse

Alcohol dependency and detoxification

This article looks at the health effects of excess alcohol intake along with treatment options for patients

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