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Latest news - Saturday, 25 June 2016

UK’s vote to leave EU will impact on NHS

David Cameron to step down as Prime Minister

Leader thanks GPs for their support during strike action

BMA says profession is united following strike action

Nasal spray flu vaccine for children proving effective

Vaccine thought to be 57.6% effective in preventing child flu

Genetically caused low birthweight linked to diabetes risk

Each genetic risk score point increases diabetes risk by 6%

Dual treatment possible for diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

Study finds new link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s


On The Pulse - June 2016

Stem-cell transplantation for multiple sclerosis

Dashboard medicine

A sensible summary of clinical markers can be a useful form of feedback to doctors

Rising costs of generic medications

Louise Newson discusses how some entrepreneurs have made a fortune by exploiting a loophole in NHS pricing rules

Diabetes: setting the record straight

Healthcare professionals discuss some of the biggest myths surrounding diabetes care

Would Brexit destabilise the NHS?

The answer cannot be looked at solely by the amount of money we give over to the EU elite

Reducing cancer risk more than ‘just a walk in the park’

The science behind headlines claiming physical activity can reduce the risk of 13 types of cancer

On The Pulse - May 2016

The questionable relation between dietary salt, blood pressure and hypertension

Identity crisis

General Practice has lost its identity, says Chris Preece, and unless we do something to address it soon – others will define it for us


Ealing’s integrated care journey: learning from international models

As part of NHS England's new care models programme, vanguards and integrated care pioneers have been working with international care model experts to share and adapt good practice

Dementia care – tending the roots of identity

Jon Rouse discusses the new report: ‘Dementia: equity and rights’, which demonstrates why there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to dementia care

Meeting cancer promises and more – a new model for NHS diagnostics?

The government is making serious pledges to improve cancer survival. A new model for NHS diagnostics is needed to follow through, writes Jane Rendall, managing director at Sectra

Data breach

The biggest risk may be closer than you think, writes Kevin Cunningham

Striving for excellence and valuing general practice

The Quality and Outcomes Framework has had many proponents and detractors since its introduction over a decade ago, and there’s a great deal we can learn from our experience of it, says Prof Niro Siriwardena

STPs can help CCGs deliver eye care at scale

Sustainability and transformation plans have real potential to improve the coordination of patient care, says the head of the Local Optical Committee Support Unit, Katrina Venerus, enabling commissioners to finally crack a tricky nut

Should local leaders pursue devolution deals for health care?

Place-based and integrated care is fashionable in health and social care policy. There are a plethora of initiatives aiming to make them happen. Devolution deals are somewhat different to the other schemes, explains Felicity Dormon.

Nocturnal acid breakthrough

Nocturnal acid breakthrough occurs in more than 70% of Helicobacter pylori-negative patients on PPI therapy and has clinical consequences, in particular in patients with complicated GORD, Barrett's oesophagus, and oesophageal motility abnormalities


Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE approves melanoma drugs, sets standards for breast cancer, bronchiolitis and elderly care; MHRA issues warning on canagliflozin

Postnatal depression

This course looks at the diagnosis and management of depression following delivery including rating scale assessment

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE supports use of the GreenLight XPS laser system; US FDA approves new obesity treatment device; recall of methylphenidate hydrochloride capsules

Gestational trophoblastic disease

This case history gives an overview of the condition, its diagnosis and management and includes practical issues such as further contraceptive advice and prognosis

Drug and Therapeutics Udpate

New interactive tool to judge mental capacity; views sought on carers’ strategy; bursaries for palliative care; changes to Scottish cervical screening programme

Recurrent miscarriage

This case history covers the known risk factors, aetiology, investigation and management of recurrent miscarriage

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Guidance on tuberculosis updated; review begins on first-in-human clinical trials; migraine treatment approved but with special arrangements

Chronic heart failure – a review and update

This article reviews the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of this condition affecting an estimated 900,000 people in the UK

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE approves three drugs for type 2 diabetes; FDA probes canagliflozin safety; PHE offers Olympics health advice

Medical Expo

Junior doctors: the BMA ballot is soon closing, are you in favour of the new contract? (See OnMedica News 24/06)

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