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Latest news - Saturday, 30 August 2014

Cancer patients are being referred earlier

51% rise in patients referred from GP to specialist within fortnight

Complaints about general practice in 2013-14 close to 50,000

Half of written complaints are about medical services

DH launches mandatory new food standards in hospitals

NHS will have five legally binding mandatory food standards

Women still confused on over-diagnosis of breast cancer

Third of women do not understand risks of over-diagnosis

Plain cigarette packs have little negative impact

No rise in illegal sales or cheap brands following plain packs

Blogs

On The Pulse - 29th August 2014

New study raises questions about current guidelines on dietary salt intake

The Facebook Challenge

John Cormack discusses the dangers of social media

Botox for stomach cancer?

No, but the research is fascinating

On The Pulse - 22nd August 2014

Managing urinary tract symptoms in older men

Depression

A condition still misunderstood by the public

Prostate drug decision

Highlighting urgent need for reform?

On The Pulse - 15th August 2014

Aspirin for the prevention of cancer

Can I trust this doctor?

Do you tell your patients who pays you, and for what?

Foreign bodies

What goes up has to come down

Views

Want a secure future for primary care? Embrace a social model of health

The current debate about the future of primary care and general practice seems to be focused on size. It’s not that size can’t be beautiful but securing a long-term future for primary care will take much more than simply ‘bulking up’, says Merron Simpson

Look to community services to support struggling trusts

Reshaping care to work more effectively and sustainably for the growing number of people with ongoing, complex needs is the way forward - and this will best be met through more community health and social care.

Federations not a miracle answer

Read the results of our latest GP survey which reveals the limitations of collaborative working and highlights GPs’ lack of faith in the unplanned admissions DES, despite high uptake

What does the digital age mean for the public’s health?

What are your favourite examples of digital public health?

Put more trust in NHS trusts

More faith is needed in NHS providers’ ability to get on with the business of delivering change, says Matt Tee

Making Every Contact Count: taking a system wide approach

Sophie Taysom, policy lead for MECC at the Department of Health, explains how interactions with patients and the public can be viewed as an opportunity to promote health and well-being

General practice: what turns success into impending failure

Paul Cook reflects on 25 years as a partner in the same GP practice

Polymyalgia rheumatica

A case looking at the diagnosis and management of polymyalgia, an inflammatory musculoskeletal condition which can severely affect a patient’s quality of life

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Jaw replacement surgery recommended by NICE; new guidance on acute kidney injury; restricted use for bromocriptine to prevent...

Videoing consultations for the GP trainee

Video consultations and clinical observation tools for Clinical Skills Assessment preparation

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New guidance on early colorectal cancer, prostate drug turned down and Scotland gets new drugs for RA and...

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

A review of this common and important condition and the UK screening programme

Small group learning for the Clinical Skills Assessment

A review article on the use of small group revision for the CSA

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE rejects breast cancer treatment on grounds of cost and looks again at two drugs for lung cancer...

Pyoderma gangrenosum

A review of this uncommon ulcerating skin condition causing a sterile neutrophilic dermatosis

A concise guide to the MRCGP

An concise overview of the MRCGP training and assessment system for any new GP registrars starting in practice...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Online module to curb side effects of anticoagulants; new multiple myeloma guidance; and vaccine schedule updates

Symptom control in palliative care - Part 2

This case history is the second of two modules dealing with symptom control in palliative care

Online Medical Device Resource

Medicalexpo - The Online Medical Exhibition

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