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NHS unprepared for winter pressure, say doctors

Situation has worsened over last three years

‘Zero tolerance’ policy on hospital infections

Recommendations set out following inquiry

Autistic brains share ‘signature’ abnormalities

Findings could lead to new treatments

Survival rates rise for lung cancer surgery

Number of operations also increases

No safe level of smoking, study finds

Low-intensity smokers still at risk


Menopause and work

Louise Newson discusses new guidelines

The sugar tax: a sweet stocking filler?

Cancer Research UK welcomes the publication of the draft legislation for the sugar tax

Autumn statement 2016

What it means for cancer prevention, patients and researchers

On The Pulse - November 2016

High-intensity statin therapy linked to lower risk of death in CVD patients

Small Translucent Penguins

Chris Preece attempts to decipher what STPs are

Stop Smoking Services

Public health funding cuts are crippling services

Do not click this button

The dangers of using SEND ALL on a busy Monday morning

Unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets

These are the biggest health risks, says Louise Newson

Longer consultations don’t make patients happier

…but do they make doctors happier?


Why the health and care system’s future hinges on creative leadership

Creative, innovative leadership is vital if we are to secure a sustainable NHS, writes Dave Sweeney, a director of transformation in Halton

Preventing drug-related deaths

We must escalate efforts to prevent drug-related deaths, says Rosanna O’Connor

Sale and leaseback of GP premises: the pros and cons

Paul Conlan outlines the positives and negatives of the increasingly popular sale and leaseback model

Listening to patients and staff key to the future of health and care

STPs may be the way forward but patient and staff involvement has been lacking so far. Yet, their feedback is essential, explains John Morley

A lay perspective on collaborative patient engagement

'When you see best practice of effective collaboration between health care professional and patient, it stands out a mile'

IT infrastructure and the NHS

Up-to-date infrastructure technology and budget restrictions don’t have to be mutually exclusive, argues Sangeeta Dewan

When do practices require a lease?

Many practices may not be aware that they require a lease. Paul Conlan explains when leases are needed and the importance of detailing them in partnership agreements.

Upwardly mobile

Jon Elburn explains how joined-up community services can improve the trajectory of diabetes care

Psoriasis photo library

This articles summarises the different types of psoriasis, each illustrated by a clinical picture


Modifying cardiovascular risks and lipid modification

Coronary heart disease remains the biggest cause of death in the UK. This article discusses current evidence-based methods for reducing cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE recommends first asthma drug to target eosinophils and updates guideline on treating lower back pain

Key evidence supporting the lowering of cholesterol

This article reviews all the major trials that have shaped modern day lipid lowering guidance

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia treatment recommended in draft guidance; guidance on renal cell carcinoma drug issued; views sought on taking allergy spray off prescription

Cholesterol – monitoring lipid levels and assessing cardiovascular risk

This article reviews the latest guidance on assessing cardiovascular risk accurately and appropriately, including recommended tests

Fungal disorders

The article looks at various fungal disorders, each illustrated by a clinical picture

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Pegylated liposomal irinotecan to treat pancreatic cancer refused by NICE; HER2-positive breast cancer treatment approved; updated SIGN asthma guidelines published

How do I know if my patient has lichen planus?

The article looks at the various features and types of lichen planus of which clinicians should be aware

Medical Expo

Do you think Brexit represents a threat to UK drug discovery and delivery? (See OnMedica News 02/12)

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