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Latest news - Monday, 20 February 2017

Extra help for struggling GP surgeries

New service will provide expert help to tackle workforce and workload pressures

NHS 'confident' of funding stem cell treatment

Patients with relapsing blood-related cancers will now receive additional treatment

Hospital beds numbers down 20% in a decade

BMA warns that high bed occupancy reveals an NHS 'at breaking point'

Smoking cessation services face cuts

Survey reveals cash-strapped councils and commissioners restricting drugs and counselling

Councils warn of 'deep' cuts to social services

Survey reveals council tax rises will not fix local government funding crisis


Gluten-free food

Should we really be prescribing it?

Cracking down on health tourism

Should GPs be the financial gatekeeper to NHS services?

The biology of cancer cell shape

Cancer Research UK explains why it is important

On The Pulse - January 2017

MRI scan could improve prostate cancer diagnosis

The incredible invisible bed crisis

Primary care’s metaphorical beds must be as visible as those in hospital

Mrs May was spot on with her comments

How a ‘dead cat strategy’ can take the heat out of a political crisis

Searching for a blood test to monitor ovarian cancer

The race is on to develop simple, non-invasive tests for cancer


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

Brexit white paper unveiled: what next for the NHS?

Elisabetta Zanon takes a look at how exiting the EU will impact the health sector

Allied Health Professionals into Action

Linda Hindle explains what this means for public health

A new focus on falls prevention

Preventing falls is important for the health and wellbeing of older people as well as the future of our health and social care services, says Kevin Fenton

Keeping our focus on suicide prevention

Kevin Fenton discusses the progress made with suicide prevention strategies and the guidance available

Do we now have a basis for a coherent quality strategy in the NHS?

Tim Gardner discusses the publication of a significant new policy document: the National Quality Board’s 'Shared commitment to quality'

A&E is the barometer for a health and care system under pressure

What happens in one part of our health and care system reverberates across all other parts – that's why whole-system solutions are needed to avoid a winter crisis

Resilience training

This course introduces resilience training as an evidence-based approach to reducing the risk of depression, anxiety and stress-related harm


Drug and Therapeutics Udpate

SMC issues several positive recommendations including treatments for lung and colorectal cancer, chronic migraine and hypercholesterolaemia; views sought on congenital heart disease standards

Gestational diabetes

GDM is associated with a range of adverse pregnancy outcomes for both the mother and baby. This article looks at screening, diagnosis and management.

Impaired glucose regulation (pre-diabetes)

This article looks at the identification and management of individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes


A clinical article summarising the handling of sensitive personal information and changes in the latest GMC guidance

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE issues guidance to support new mothers with mental health problems; intrabeam radiotherapy system approved; palbociclib deemed not cost effective by NICE

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

In a spin: diagnosis and management of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE advises on falls and hip fracture; SIGN offers guidance on cutaneous melanoma; new booklet for young people with autism

Managing minor illness in primary care – external ear complaints

An article on managing external ear complaints in primary care

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