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Latest news - Sunday, 1 May 2016

Equality watchdog says junior doctors' contract 'discriminatory'

Equality and Human Rights Commission says contract is potentially illegal

CQC slams troubled mental health trust

Southern Health criticised for 'putting patients at risk'

Obesity in England continues to rise

Public health chiefs forecast 26 million obese adults by 2036

Prison suicides hit 25-year high

One in ten prisoners reported to have self-harmed last year

Four in ten nurses threaten to quit London

They want new London mayor to stop crippling housing costs from pricing them out

Blogs

On The Pulse - April 2016

Signs that inequalities in health are lessening

HRT – reversal of fortune!

Louise Newson discusses how the WHI study has been misinterpreted, resulting in women missing out on the benefits of HRT

Things to look forward to

A vision of the "rescue" offered by the General Practice Forward View

The Tin Man

A patient’s perspective on how to support people with Parkinson’s disease

Unrelenting demand

Can primary care keep rising to the unrelenting stress placed upon it or will it burn out?

Vulvovaginal atrophy

Louise Newson discusses this underdiagnosed and undertreated condition

Between a rock and a hard place

When red tape and service cuts get in the way of good patient care

Striking out

"The junior doctors’ strikes won’t work"

On The Pulse - March 2016

What analgesic in osteoarthritis?

Blocking the escape routes

How an HIV drug exposes skin cancer’s weaknesses

Vitamin D and quality of life

What are the benefits from taking vitamin D in otherwise well people with low levels?

Views

A future without desktops – addressing real clinical needs in a mobile NHS

Investing in the in-house mobile capabilities of the NHS can place vital information into the hands of clinicians, writes Matthew Kybert, Systems Development & Integration Manager at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The potential of the ‘Internet of Things’ in healthcare

John Knopf discusses how connected devices within a strong connectivity infrastructure and security system are changing how medical practitioners look at healthcare

Community pharmacies are uniquely positioned to help people with disabilities

Teddy Prout, from the learning disability charity Mencap, shares why community pharmacies offer a unique gateway to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a disability

A CCG perspective on improving care for older people

Jo Galloway, chief nursing officer at NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, provides a glimpse into some of the ways the CCG is working to improve the health and wellbeing of its older population

‘Black box thinking’

Jeremy Hunt’s legacy needs to be future proofing the health of the nation by ensuring failure becomes an opportunity to learn and improve, argues Michael Thick

Wachter Review must take Carter’s analysis into the modern era

The Carter Review promises good things for a digital NHS. Now the NHS and its Wachter Review need to reject its language of efficiency, and take a more open approach to see how technology can achieve the quality aspirations that should drive the future NHS, says Guy Wood-Gush

Tackling the stigma of doctors asking for help

Amid increasing scrutiny, difficulty and pressure, doctors need support more than ever

Breast cancer - Part 1

The first of this two-part course looks at the normal breast anatomy and different presentations of cancers in a primary care setting

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New heart failure drug to cut deaths; prostate and ovarian cancer drugs approved; check ketoacidosis in patients on SGLT2 inhibitors

Parkinson's disease treatment

This case history covers the treatment aspects of Parkinson’s disease.

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE approves drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy; new SIGN guideline on acute coronary syndrome; cases of azithromycin-resistant gonorrhoea continue to rise

Parkinson's disease diagnosis

The first module of this two-part course on Parkinson’s disease covers the case history of a patient, presenting with his wife, who is suffering from a seemingly unrelated array of symptoms.

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE issues guidance on responsible use of controlled drugs; SMC approves alendronic acid effervescent tablets; rise in womb cancer cases in the UK

Pituitary tumours

Pituitary tumours are very common but many are found incidentally at the time of imaging and have no clinical significance. But pituitary tumours may present with features of excessive hormone production, hypopituitarism or as a space-occupying lesion.

Drug and Therapeutic Update

New multiple myeloma treatment; first leadless pacemaker; extra options for rare genetic conditions; test to screen for Zika in blood donations

Hypopituitarism

The commonest cause of hypopituitarism in adults is a pituitary tumour. Hypopituitarism may present with non-specific features such as fatigue, or may present with specific features of hormone deficiency.

Breast cancer - Part 2

The second part of this course covers the treatment, prognosis and ongoing management of breast cancer

Medical Expo

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