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Latest news - Friday, 31 October 2014

Concerns mount about staff morale as NHS performance slips

Given link between staff engagement and quality of care, this is worrying, warns health think tank

Only one in three people with diabetes is getting required checks

‘Heat map’ of prevalence of conditions and level of care provided reveals wide variation across England

Improve atrial fibrillation care to stave off 11,000 strokes every year, GPs told

And save the NHS up to £124 million at the same time

Row erupts in government over UK’s drug control policy

Lib Dem minister comes under attack for wanting a more medical approach

One in 10 fresh IVF cycles use donated egg and sperm

But supply is still failing to meet demand, latest figures show

Blogs

On The Pulse - 31st October 2014

Self-harm in adolescents predicts later mental health problems

A new vision for the NHS

What does it mean for cancer?

Fertility treatments

There is still a postcode lottery of care with respect to fertility treatments across England

On The Pulse - 24th October 2014

Benzodiazepines and Alzheimer's disease

A chemical ‘breadcrumb trail’

A study shows how a chemical signal may help melanoma cells navigate the world around them

On The Pulse - 17th October 2014

New NICE guidelines for acute heart failure in adults

Ebola

Is taking people’s temperature good enough screening?

On The Pulse - 10th October 2014

Current UK policy on alcohol pricing unlikely to have much impact

John

John wasn’t the easiest of patients...

À la recherche du temps perdu

Dr Mitty stared at the desk in his consulting room.“How times have changed” he murmured. The desk said nothing...

Views

Clinical research

Momentous changes to EU rules will finally unleash the NHS' clinical research potential, says Elisabetta Zanon

Making the case for local tobacco control

For nearly 20 years England has been doing great work to tackle the harms caused by smoking

Leading the way with NHS Screening Programmes

The UK National Screening Committee, part of Public Health England, is 'recognised worldwide as a best practice model for screening policy and implementation'

A burning platform – maximising the nursing contribution to the antimicrobial resistance challenge

Nurses and midwives are a vital resource for tackling this huge public health challenge for the 21st century

Will collaboration be the hallmark of the future health and care system?

The starting point for any discussion on NHS workforce requirements should be what patients need to get the best possible outcomes, says Karen Middleton

The boardroom paper chase

The monthly board meeting is one of the fundamental aspects of Trust and CCG structure, but it is a structure that has remained completely unchanged. In an era where QIPP targets require consistent attention and decision making, Digital by Default must become a service standard, says Alister Esam.

Could ‘People Pathways’ be part of the answer to the integration question?

Merron Simpson discusses whether ‘People Pathways‘ could be a more constructive vehicle for integrating across silos and improving people’s experience of ‘the system’ as a whole

Heart failure

This case history summarises the presentation, investigation and management of heart failure and includes the latest NICE guidance

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Strengthened warnings for Iclusig; new quality standard on gallstone disease; and changes to product information for polymyxins ...

Diagnosis and evaluation of depression in adults

This article reviews the assessment of depression and suicide risk according to NICE guidance

Migraine

This case history deals with the diagnosis and management of adult migraine and also covers the differential diagnosis...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New guidelines from NICE on oral health; Dabrafenib approved for treating melanoma; and cold weather plan published

Cardiovascular risk and cholesterol management

This educational module will look at evidence-based cholesterol management and related QOF points

Constipation in infants and children

An overview of the causes, diagnosis, management and prognosis of constipation in children and infants

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE rejects multiple myeloma drug in draft guidance; PRAC recommends strengthening the restrictions on valproate medicines; and SMC...

Scabies in infants and children

An overview of the clinical presentation and management of scabies in children with consideration of treatment, side effects...

Urinary tract infections in children

A clinical summary of urinary tract infections in childhood covering prevalence, presentation, diagnosis, management and investigations

Osteoporosis - primary prevention

This article looks at primary prevention of osteoporosis including risk factors and interpretation of diagnostic tests

Osteoporosis - treatment options

The second article in a two-part series on osteoporosis. This article looks at both medical and non-medical treatment...

Online Medical Device Resource

Medicalexpo - The Online Medical Exhibition

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