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Latest news - Friday, 3 July 2015

New COPD guidelines lead to misdiagnosis, say experts

Up to 13% under new criteria wrongly diagnosed

Public should take more responsibility for own health

Patients must play their part, says Jeremy Hunt

End pharmacists’ monopoly on drugs, argues professor

Expert calls for a two-tier US-style system

Audit Office slams IT system for GP records

Write-offs and delays cost £5.5m

Common logo now law for online medicines

EU directive comes into force this week


Cervical screening

Should the upper age of cervical screening be increased?


The change from British General Practitioner to Canadian Family Physician is complete

On The Pulse - 26th June 2015

Arthroscopic interventions have no lasting benefit for people with persistent knee pain

NOACs instead of warfarin

Should more people be taking NOACs instead of warfarin?

On the Pulse - 19th June 2015

Antibiotics or surgery in uncomplicated acute appendicitis?

ASCO 2015 round-up

Immunotherapy continues to come of age

On The Pulse - 12th June 2015

Self-reported health is a powerful predictor of mortality


Are we giving them to too many people?

On The Pulse - 05th June 2015

SSRIs in late pregnancy carry little risk

Virus therapy for melanoma

All it’s cracked up to be?

On The Pulse - 29th May 2015

Short tests of cognition can’t reliably diagnose dementia


Local authorities and general practice – getting the partnership right

Jon Rouse reflects on the challenge to local government arising from the 'new deal' for general practice

Human plus machine equals better medicine

Dr Guy Wood-Gush imagines the future of artificial intelligence in medicine and argues that while machines will never take over from doctors they could improve the practice of medicine dramatically

The confidence improvement equation

Improving care service provision. What does it mean, why is it important and what can be done to make it happen?

Why have total reward strategies?

A way to square the difficult circle of maximizing employee engagement when financial budgets are tight

‘Smart’ rostering

Sam Gallagher, Executive Director at Skills for Health, discusses how to effectively manage the clinical workforce and limit spending on agency staff

Community mental health services

We need to focus on outcomes, says Liz Felton

What can we learn from Germany’s experience of hospital chains?

Both the Five Year Forward View and Dalton review highlight the concept of hospital ‘chains’ as an innovative model of healthcare delivery and a new organisational form for the NHS to consider

Person-centred care and support presents a moment of opportunity

There are real opportunities to build on the great strengths of our NHS while making important shifts which reflect a changing society. But these opportunities will not make themselves, says Martin Routledge

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis

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



Meningitis is a serious condition. Prompt diagnosis and treatment improve both morbidity and mortality

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE wants earlier cancer diagnosis by GPs; several RA drugs gain draft approval; and MenACWY campaign starts in August

The breathless child

An updated case history on breathing problems in a nine-month-old child

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE publishes quality standards for prostate cancer, osteoarthritis, personality disorders, pressure ulcers, and UTIs.

Advances in drug treatment options for type 2 diabetes

A CME course on the latest treatment options and their practical clinical use

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Scottish standards for hospital care of older people; fall in abortion rates; guidance for doctors on cosmetic surgery

Pyoderma gangrenosum

A review of this uncommon ulcerating skin condition causing a sterile neutrophilic dermatosis


A review of this severe and potentially life-threatening dermatological condition

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE updates guidelines on managing aggression in psychiatric settings; new guidelines on challenging behaviour and learning disabilities; self-management pack published on COPD

Back pain

This course provides an overview of the prevalence, aetiology, diagnosis and management of back pain


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