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Latest news - Friday, 23 August 2019

Polypharmacy putting millions of older people at risk

Charity says nearly four million older people are prescribed at least five medicines

NHS to fund 'life changing' haemophilia drug

Emicizumab mimics the action of factor VIII to stem uncontrolled bleeds

Omega-3 supplements 'no benefit' to type 2 diabetics

Researchers say that physical activity or eating oily fish is more beneficial

Even light exercise boosts longevity

Active middle aged and older adults at lower risk of premature death

Ban on protests outside abortion clinic upheld

Buffer zone set up after allegations women suffered 'intimidation, harassment and stress'

Blogs

Referral forms - barrier to timely patient care

James Booth reacts as a referral form is cited as a contributory factor in a patient death

Comedy politicians

When politics becomes show business, beware, warns Phil Hammond

If the NHS was a desert island…

What would you bring with you?

On The Pulse - July 2019

Current statin use associated with lower risk of biliary tract cancers

Views

Every government promises to solve the social care crisis. Maybe this one means it

There is a growing awareness of the human cost, not only on those who need care, but also on their families, writes Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, as he looks at the new government and the social care crisis

The excluded middle: Is the 'new money' new or not?

The announcement of a £1.8bn cash injection for NHS capital infrastructure projects has generated lively debate. Ben Gershlick, Senior Economist at the Health Foundation, explores how new the new money is, and if it is enough

How GPs can address Babylon’s burning platform

GPs need to develop unified working and communication practices to make the shift from a corner shop model to one that can compete for the attention of those attracted to online providers such as Babylon, argues Paul Bensley, MD of GP communications solution provider X-on

DEBATE: How do we ensure patient safety and the responsible stewardship of antibiotics?

Watch experts discuss the challenges faced by clinicians in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 23rd August

Risankizumab recommended for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in NICE final guidance; three MHRA drug safety update published, including for daratumumab due to risk of reactivation of hepatitis B virus

Asthma

Review the latest guidance changes with this comprehensive course covering the prevalence, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this common respiratory disease, with reference to NICE and the recently updated SIGN guidance

Management of asthma in adults

Mrs FH feels her asthma is worsening despite recently starting a new inhaler. Her asthma had been well controlled with a salbutamol inhaler and also a beclometasone inhaler. She is wondering if there is any other treatment available for her to try

Asthma in children

A four-year-old boy has had a night time cough for the past six months which has not improved. He often coughs after running around in the park but does not wheeze. His ten-year-old brother was diagnosed with asthma recently

Drug and Therapeutics Update - 16th August

NICE final guidance recommends ribociclib with fulvestrant for advanced breast cancer through CDF; SMC accepts Glyxambi® for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults for restricted use

Impetigo

A five-year-old boy has a two-day history of a crusted rash on his face. He is otherwise well and has been going to school as normal. He has one younger sibling

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