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Latest news - Friday, 19 December 2014

GMC pledges further improvements to fitness to practise process

28 doctors have killed themselves while under investigation in recent years

Less than half of antipsychotic drug prescriptions issued for main licensed conditions

Elderly people twice as likely as middle aged to be given these drugs despite greater risk of side effects

Don’t shy away from discussing pros and cons of HRT with patients, doctors told

It’s the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, particularly in young women, says review

Latanoprost eye drop for glaucoma more than halves vision loss

Two year placebo controlled trial backs use of most commonly prescribed prostaglandin analogue

Health unions announce new round of industrial action early next year

Strikes planned for end of Jan and late Feb; ambulance service also considering 48 hour stoppage

Blogs

Paracetamol

More waste for the NHS

On The Pulse - 19th December 2014

Doctors should pay more attention to weight and less to blood pressure

Britain Against Cancer Conference

A conference to keep cancer on the political agenda

On The Pulse - 12th December 2014

Text messages remind people to take their tablets

Home births

Are home deliveries really the safest option for women and their babies?

On The Pulse - 05th December 2014

Does early exposure to antibiotics influence the risk of asthma?

The chemical cosh

Deciding when to prescribe antipsychotics to patients with dementia

New cancer drug tests

UK Government is missing the target

On The Pulse - 28th November 2014

Mortality is doubled in people with type 1 diabetes, even when glycaemic control is good

Views

The Alzira model

The Alzira model has attracted considerable interest in England, both politically and from the service. But what is it and why has it found its way into the spotlight?

Good or bad? It’s never that simple

Honesty is still too often taken as criticism, rather than a call to action

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

Declaring the intent to do more

Pharmacy could ‘save’ the NHS

Pharmacists are perfectly placed to help relieve both the financial and GP recruitment crises, argues Graham Phillips

Why engage patients in decisions about their care?

One of the key themes of the Five Year Forward View is to empower patients. To achieve this vision will require the NHS to ‘do more to support people to manage their own health'

Paving the way towards integrated care

Dr Joel Ratnasothy examines how population health data could help drive step-change towards integrated care

Workforce optimisation

Amanda Bassett and Laurence Ansell examine how employee engagement and workforce intelligence systems can help NHS organisations satisfy divergent Quality and Cost objectives

Clinical research

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

Hypoglycaemia

This article reviews the causes and categorisation of hypoglycaemia in diabetic and non-diabetic patients

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE updates its guidance on mental health support in maternity care; green light given to dabigatran to treat...

Secondary headaches

The third part of a CME series that looks at secondary headaches

Benign breast disease

This article covers common benign breast conditions and summarises NICE guidance on their investigation and management

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE wants better diabetes control in adults and children; SMC approves several drugs for Scotland; pregnant women urged...

Learning disability health checks

A summary of how to best care for patients with learning difficulties

Primary headaches

This course will cover an overview and management of the most common primary headaches. This is the second...

Infection control in general practice

An updated article on the key areas of importance for infection control

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE recommends GPs use point of care tests to assess need for antibiotics in respiratory infections and advises...

Classification and diagnosis of headaches

This is the first part of an updated course series looking at primary and secondary headaches, as well...

Malaria prophylaxis

A summary of common antimalarial agents available and how to decide which one to prescribe

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New drugs for hepatitis C; testosterone medicines cleared of heightened heart problem risk; and cervical screening uptake low...

Online Medical Device Resource

Medicalexpo - The Online Medical Exhibition

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