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Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis

Researchers say chondroitin sulfate offers a long-term treatment option for reducing pain and improving function

Regular chocolate consumption may lower risk of atrial fibrillation, study claims

Study suggests women who eat 1 serving/week and men who eat 2-6 servings/week have lowest risk

Fibre-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis

Findings from two long-term studies show additional benefit from fibre in diet

Manchester hospital staff thanked with free drinks

Crowdfunding campaign raises £10,000 to buy drinks for hospital staff who supported victims of terrorist attack

Location of body fat can predict cancer risk

Fat around your middle could be as good an indicator of cancer risk as BMI


Where will indemnity rises stop?

A look at when medicolegal insurance costs make working as a GP financially unviable

Virtual lab

This could be the future of how doctors view cancer

Rogue breast surgeon

What was his motive?

ANGST ridden

The dangers of 'Amplified Negativity Generating Story Transfixion'

Lung cancer blood test

Experimental test could predict relapse

On The Pulse - April 2017

Levothyroxine’s benefits in subclinical hypothyroidism in doubt

The happiness equation

A look at what can be done to increase levels of contentment in primary care

Gastric band surgery

Should we be offering it more to our obese patients?


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

Acting without delay

How the independent sector is helping the NHS reduce delayed discharges

Making mental health patients’ voices heard in the 2017 general election

Dr Jed Boardman outlines how mental health trusts can help patients under their care exercise their right to vote

Getting to grips with fitness to practise investigations

Receiving a letter from the GMC questioning fitness to practise is a stressful time for doctors. Marie Dancer, fitness to practise specialist, gives an overview of the investigation process

The value of lay members

The move toward place-based planning across the health sector places accountability and governance at the centre of debate. Lay members, according to Susanne Hasselmann, will be crucial in making sure local areas get it right

Integrated health and social care workforces is the future

Jon Parry, principal research manager at Skills for Health and Justice, reveals the findings of new research into the future of care provision in the UK

Developing and using a tool to improve outcomes in colorectal cancer

With rising demand for health services putting pressure on resources, it is more important than ever to make sure services are cost-effective and efficient

End-organ damage in hypertension

This article looks at the damage that raised blood pressure can cause in different systems of the body


A focused neurological history

Listening to clues offered by keywords and recording what patients say rather than a clinical translation are key to taking a good history

Focused neurological examination in primary care

This article reviews how neurological diagnoses can be tested with a careful history followed by the examination of specific aspects of nervous system function

Drug and Therapeutics Update

European Commission launches first formal investigation into excessive drug pricing by a pharmaceutical company

Sleep problems in babies, infants and toddlers

This article describes normal sleep patterns, and reviews the recognition, assessment and management of sleep problems

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Chronic hepatitis C drug recommended under EAMS; ALS treatment approved by FDA; explanatory guide on biosimilars issued

Hyperthyroidism: diagnosis and management

A guide to the diagnosis, investigation and management of overactive thyroid

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE quality standard on osteoporosis published; Brexit meeting held by EMA; updated medical device alert issued on battery management of insulin pumps

Managing sports injuries: lateral and medial elbow pain

This article covers the symptoms, management and prognosis of lateral and medial epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

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