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Latest news - Sunday, 28 August 2016

Campaign group attacks NHS shake-up plans

38 Degrees says integration plans will see bed cuts, A&E closures and sell-offs

NHS trusts make progress in tackling deficits

But concerns remain that tackling the £22bn funding gap will damage care

'Unsafe' child A&E unit closed

Shortage of trained and experienced staff forced temporary closure of Stafford unit

Government urged to stress dangers of even moderate drinking

Campaigners say public needs to know that alcohol causes some forms of cancer

Doubts over teen pregnancy prevention scheme

Baby simulator doll may actually cause more pregnancies


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?

Understanding the menopause

Too many women do not understand the menopause – this has to change, says Louise Newson


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

The curate’s egg of agency spend: when it comes to money, less is more

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s deputy medical director shares his approach to reducing agency spend on medical staff across the trust

Overview of type 1 diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes continue to have reduced life expectancy but morbidity and mortality can be greatly reduced by providing effective education, support, review and treatment


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

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Views sought on falls prevention; flu jab e-learning programme; PrEP ruling; four new drugs in Cancer Drugs Fund

Ear disorders

A review of various ear disorders illustrated by clinical pictures

Medical Expo

Grassroots junior doctors said the 7-day NHS policy was ‘inherently risky to patients’ (see OnMedica News 23/08). Do you agree?

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