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Latest news - Thursday, 7 May 2015

Ban doctors from working in both private and public sectors, urges specialist

Private practice directly undermines quality of care NHS patients get

Digoxin linked to heightened risk of death in patients with heart problems

Largest analysis of available evidence suggests particular risk in AF

Europe set to face massive obesity crisis by 2030

Ireland, UK, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Austria and Czech Republic worst affected, forecasts indicate

Welsh government launches plan to tackle surge in liver disease

Initiative backed by £1m of new cash will focus on early detection

Scottish government takes case for minimum unit alcohol pricing to Europe

European Court of Justice in Luxembourg will hear evidence today


Election 2015

What are the parties saying about cancer?

On The Pulse - 01st May 2015

Vaccine offers partial protection against malaria


An effective alternative to antidepressants?

On The Pulse - 24th April 2015

Target screening according to life expectancy

Yes please, Prime Minister

A theatrical piece where the protagonists have to come up with ideas to propel the new government in the right direction

On The Pulse - 17th April 2015

Prolonged storage of red cells doesn’t diminish the benefits of transfusion


Eating the wrong foods and drinking the wrong drinks

Diagnosing cancers: a GP’s perspective

The challenges of diagnosing cancers earlier


Cross-party health and care debate

Reassurances resound but questions remain following the cross-party health and care debate, writes Phil McCarvill

The war for talent meets the war on attrition

As pressure on the NHS continues to intensify, the need to ensure the workforce has the right numbers, skills, behaviours and values to improve patient care is the highest priority

Charity service innovations

They can help transform the NHS, says Mike Hobday, director of policy at the British Heart Foundation

Joint working and cultural change are vital components for integration

It’s not just about changing structures, says Ewan King, Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence

Collaboration + determination = real change for better patient care

Only through collaboration and determination can real change happen to improve the quality of patient care, writes Professor Jane Dacre. Are we getting there?

Can pharmacists be dispensed as a 'fix-all' for GPs?

Is putting pharmacists in surgeries really a fix for over-subscribed GPs and the patients they care for, asks Rob Darracott

Understanding individuals

Wayne Parslow details what the NHS could soon achieve as it embraces population health management

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

This article looks at the presentation, diagnosis and management of this common condition


Breast cancer screening

This article summarises the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England, including discussion of its benefits and harms

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Guidance on newer insulins will cut dosing errors; restrict hydroxyzine dosage to reduce risk of arrhythmias; avoid some hep C meds with amiodarone

Long-acting GLP-1 agonists for type 2 diabetes

A summary of how this class of treatment fits into the management of patients with diabetes. This article includes references to NICE guidance

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE develops guidelines on safe staffing levels in community care; and US FDA approves first surgical corneal implant to improve near vision

What’s on the horizon for obesity?

With large increases in obesity rates in the UK and access to interventions quite poor, this article discusses newer therapeutic options for patients

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

This article looks at the presentation, diagnosis and management of this common condition

Drug and Therapeutics Update

High doses of ibuprofen linked to heart risk; weight management drug gets green light; and EMA publishes guides to reduce medication errors

Travel health clinics in general practice

An article on setting up and providing a travel health clinic within general practice


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