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Latest news - Monday, 23 September 2019

Labour government would scrap prescription charges

Shadow health secretary says Labour government would bring England in line with rest of UK on prescription charging

Government acts to protect healthcare access for UK nationals living in EU post Brexit

Government commits to funding healthcare for UK nationals living in the EU after 31 October for six months

Flavoured e-cigarettes may worsen asthma

Study looks at impact of different flavoured e-cigarettes on airways function in allergic airways disease

Labour pledge to fund free personal care for the elderly

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor will outline the plans in his speech today to the Labour Party Annual Conference

Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased mortality

Link is most pronounced in younger patients and for diabetes-related deaths

Blogs

Are PCNs what we all imagined?

Luke Koupparis looks at whether PCNs are turning out to be all they were hyped up to be

On The Pulse - August 2019

Childhood antibiotic exposure predictor for subsequent response failure

Just visiting

Chris Preece reflects on the risks of home visits in light of the murder of a social worker

Views

Social Prescribing Link Workers AKA ‘The Glue in Health and Social Care’

Social Prescribing Link Workers have become a crucial new profession and their impact has been acknowledged by a growing number of NHS hospitals, as evidenced by several initiatives

For sale to the highest bidder? Future trade deals and the NHS

Is the NHS up for sale, and could a post-Brexit trade agreement with the USA lead to the privatisation of the NHS? Kate Ling, senior European policy manager at the NHS Confederation gives her views.

Live Facial Recognition: avoiding the pitfalls

As the multiple applications of LFR technology emerge, including in the medical sector, barrister John Goss outlines some of the issues surrounding its use

ESC 2019 Clinical Practice Guidelines: What’s new?

An overview of the 5 new clinical guidelines presented at this year’s European Society of Cardiology Congress - Stay up-to-date with the latest changes!

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 20th September

NICE recommends lanadelumab for recurrent attacks of hereditary angioedema in final draft guidance; EMA begins review on ranitidine medicines following detection of NDMA

Hyperparathyroidism: presentation, diagnosis and management

A clinical review of the third most common clinical endocrine disorder after diabetes and thyroid disease and for which surgery is the only curative therapy

Primary hyperparathyroidism

A 53-year-old lady presents with tiredness and non-specific malaise. The blood tests came back as showing mild hypercalcaemia and suboptimal vitamin D levels (54 nmol/l). Subsequent bloods showed her to have a raised parathyroid hormone

Posterior knee pain

Posterior knee pain consists of a myriad of structures which can each give rise to similar symptoms. This article goes through the anatomy and relevant pathologies with treatment modalities detailed. It intends to demystify the approach to posterior knee pain with a structured approach

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