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Latest news - Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tenth of CCGs are in financial difficulty

Watchdog refers 24 CCGs and 19 trusts to health secretary

Poor GP services do not lead to missed A&E targets

Demand on A&E keeps rising with no extra system capacity

Paracetamol ineffective for lower back pain

Study suggests rethink on doctors recommending drug for back pain

Guidance hopes to speed up diagnosis of kidney disease

GPs given advice to help diagnose kidney disease

MPs seek change to government’s ‘casual attitude’ on vCJD

Action needed to assess safety of UK blood supply


Would it be easier to just give everyone statins?

Updated NICE guidelines on lipid modification

Career planning in the NHS

Another fine mess?

On The Pulse - 18th July 2014

Mental health in diabetes

No more ‘Dr Nice-Guy’

This year’s ‘Health Hero’ award winner can’t wait to get back to making trouble

On The Pulse - 11th July 2014

Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and cryptogenic stroke

Cancer research

Benefiting patients and the economy

Internet addiction

Report shows childhood internet addiction is on the increase

On The Pulse - 04th July 2014

Cardiovascular health screening in middle age provides no benefit

The fear of making a mistake

The worst thing about being a doctor


Health promoting practitioner

Allied health professionals need to realise they don’t have to have public health in their title to be a health promoting practitioner

General practice: what turns success into impending failure

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

Decisions involving life-sustaining treatment

Stephen Evans explains what last month’s Court of Appeal's judgment on DNACPR means for trusts and clinicians, including GPs

Beyond big data

Bringing people together to improve cancer outcomes

The impending doom

How can the GP profession deal with the workforce crisis and how can it plan for delivering more with less?

From the hospital to the home: delivering a connected healthcare model

Mark Bridger explores how putting information at the heart of the NHS will help it achieve its vision of delivering care in the community

Work is what you do, not where you do it

It’s been a little over a year since Public Health England was created. Michael Brodie and Dr Jenny Harries discuss the plans for using technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation and what this will mean in practice

Patient leaders

If you’re looking for deep-seated change in the NHS, call in patient leaders, says Mark Doughty

Cardiac chest pain

This case history on angina covers the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of coronary chest pain, including a review of syndrome X


Overview of risk assessment and statin therapy

A clinical review looking at QRISK analysis and treatment/monitoring of high risk patients incorporating the July 2014 NICE...

Ankle injuries

A summary of the principles of investigation and management of this very common injury to the lower limb...

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE issues final recommendation on nursing levels and draft guidance on treating obesity proposes greater use of bariatric...

Consultation models

A review article summarising the different consultation models that can greatly affect the patient experience of visiting a...

Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Miyoshi myopathy

A clinical review of DMD, the second most commonly occurring genetically inherited disease in humans

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Integrated personal commissioning; consultation on mental health legislation; local public health profiles published

The 6-8 week baby check and screening tests

An outline of the required elements of a routine baby check with the conditions to be alert to....


A clinical review article on the symptoms and management of this cause of pelvic pain

Drug and Therapeutics Update

New commission launched to address drug-resistant infections; PHE confirms new ‘contaminated feed’ death; pre-filled birthing pools suspended in...

Managing a diabetic patient in Ramadan

This case history covers the pre-assessment and management of a diabetic patient during Ramadan

Online Medical Device Resource

Medicalexpo - The Online Medical Exhibition

Do you think funding should be allocated to enable GPs to work on site of A&E units? (See OnMedica News 16/07)

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