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Latest news - Wednesday, 12 December 2018

NHS not making most of its health data, says think tank

It stands to lose out on revenue suitable partnerships without formal strategy in place

New standards to clarify digital health technology needs in NHS

NICE sets out requirements for development of products such as healthcare apps and wearable devices

Thousands more women affected by Capita cervical screen blunder

Time to strip the company of its NHS contract, urge doctors’ leaders

21.5-year ‘good health’ gap for women across UK

Latest figures show wide differences in healthy life expectancy by local authority

'Significant’ health outcome gap persists in Scotland, latest data show

Some inequalities have narrowed over the long-term, but overall picture is of little or no change


State-backed or practice-backed indemnity?

A ‘rescue package’ that is not all what it seems

Spotting lung cancers’ ‘crime hotspots’

Scientists are turning to crime-mapping tech as a new way to look at cancer

Clever Hans 2.0

Artificial intelligence in medicine - just a one-trick pony?

Hepatocellular carcinoma risk, cirrhosis and hepatitis C

High profile public health strategy needed

On The Pulse - November 2018

Point-of-care tests for influenza in ambulatory care: what’s their clinical utility?


Join the OnMedica Media Panel

OnMedica has launched a media panel that will enable its members to air their views to the media on topical healthcare issues in the UK

NHS strain would worsen in the face of a harsh Brexit

While uncertainties continue around Brexit, Luna Williams,Immigration Advice Service, discusses the impact of a hard Brexit on the NHS workforce

Accelerating Innovation in the NHS

The NHS RightCare Hot Housing Implementation Lead for the North region reflects on what is changing so that future innovations can be adopted sooner

The batteries must be included in NHS England’s long-term plan for research

Shaun Griffin, interim head of policy and public affairs at the AMRC warns the plan can’t be delivered unless the strategy equips its workforce to deliver research

Hypertension: what’s new and how might this impact practice?

A review of new evidence around management and how this can guide current consultations with hypertensive patients ahead of NICE’s upcoming guidance update


Subclinical hypothyroidism

A review of the aetiology, presentation and management of this common condition, especially in the elderly, which may cause some symptoms of hypothyroidism, so is not always truly subclinical


A 68-year-old lady presents with “hip pains” and leg weakness with difficulty getting out of a chair. She complains of feeling tired and is a little overweight

Latex allergy

An overview of the risks and management of latex allergy in healthcare settings, particularly in relation to the use of latex gloves.

Allergic contact dermatitis

A 15-year-old girl presents with the sudden onset of itchy, red eyes. On examination, the peri-orbital skin is red and scaly

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 7th December

NICE approves innovative heart procedure in draft recommendations; AWMSG recommends Ivemend® for the prevention of nausea and vomiting


An overview of this rare but important childhood cancer

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