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Latest news - Wednesday, 23 April 2014

International doctors do less well in MRCGP

PLAB pass mark would have to be raised to bring about outcomes equivalence

Acute kidney injury vastly underestimated

Four-fifths of cases missed by routine data – costs NHS over £1bn a year

Doctors facing more patient complaints online

Growing trend to raise concerns on social media instead of official channels

Lorazepam no better than diazepam for child seizures

Lorazepam not superior to diazepam as first-line drug for status epilepticus

Coeliac disease more common in children with IBS

Could coeliac screening in abdominal pain be restricted to those with IBS?


On The Pulse - 18th April 2014

The full story about oseltamivir and zanamivir

Prostate cancer

Louise Newson discusses an article highlighting limitations of the Gleason score from a prostate biopsy

Becoming a ‘proper’ GP

'Time to start polishing my skills as the countdown to GP begins'

On The Pulse - 11th April 2014

Probiotics don’t help in infant colic

Stuck in the middle

Tilly visits Dr Benjamin with her parents

On The Pulse - 04th April 2014

Bariatric surgery for people with diabetes

On The Pulse - 28th March 2014

Haemophilus influenzae infection in pregnancy

I've been CSA'd

Reflections on a final exam

On the Pulse - 21st March 2014

Most cases of flu are asymptomatic


Treat your data right – it could save lives

Data has the power to inform best practice patient care guidelines and identify the risk factors involved in certain treatments, says David Downing

Future of Primary Care

Dr Michael Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, wonders why we have so manifestly failed to value or invest in primary care over the past ten years and explains how we now must develop general practice 'at scale'

Primary care: 'our salvation and talisman'

Dr Charles Alessi explains the role of the National Association of Primary Care

Educating neater

As the first round of evaluations starts this month, Scott Baker asks LETBs and NHS trusts: are you ready for revalidation?

Tips and tricks to stay safe from ticks

Jolyon Medlock, Medical Entomologist at Public Health England, explains why ticks are a health concern and outlines prevention tips for the public

A man on a mission

Achieving a paperless NHS by 2018 is critical to solving our healthcare system’s two main challenges: an ageing population and financial sustainability, argues Mark O’Herlihy

Closing the NHS funding gap – dealing with demand not capacity

The global financial crisis and the government’s austerity measures are not responsible for the financial crisis and the capacity gap the NHS faces, argues Angela White

People, politics and personalities – how changing attitudes is the final step to integrated care

As the journey towards health and social care integration progresses, Andy Clegg asks whether attitudes of care professionals will make the difference to achieving the vision for joined up care

Preventing a foot attack

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, sets out the need for better communication between people at high risk of a foot attack and their healthcare professionals

Lyme Borreliosis

This case history looks at tick management, the usual presentation, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Borreliosis as well as indications for hospital admission



This course looks at schizophrenia with special emphasis placed on management and current NICE guidance

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Funds for Hep C drug; spray-on skin device; and kidney cancer cases on the rise

Polycystic ovarian syndrome

This at-a-glance overview of PCOS looks at this common condition, affecting around 20% of UK women

Hepatitis B vaccination

This article summarises the indications for the vaccine and also the reasons for monitoring immunity

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE tackles confusion over suspected drug allergies; SMC approves eight new medicines; and sublingual hayfever treatment gains US...

Assessment and management of urinary incontinence in women

Two case histories covering the classification and management options for women with incontinence who present to primary care...

Healthy eating for diabetics

An article on the key dietary points for a newly diagnosed diabetic

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Simple test recommended to diagnose asthma; refusal for psoriatic arthritis treatment; consultation launched on how NICE assesses drugs;...


An evidence-based course reviewing the assessment and management of a child with croup

Drug and Therapeutics Udpate

MenB vaccine to be added to childhood vaccination programme, and NICE gives green light to faecal microbiota transplant...

Child development milestones

An outline of the developmental milestones for children aged up to five years

Childhood immunisation

UPDATE: An overview of the latest changes to the schedule with the addition of rotavirus, nasal flu vaccination...

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