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Latest news - Friday, 13 December 2019

‘Unjust’ surcharge on overseas health workers must end

The Royal College of Nursing calls on new government to scrap £400 charge

Hospitals overstretched by burden of homeless patients

Researcher say hospitals are under extra pressure due to community service cuts

All primary pupils in London to be offered flu vaccine

NHS London says 3.2m people in the capital are eligible for free vaccination

Children born now face longer periods of ill-health in old age

But the present-day older generation are living healthier and for longer

Coroner calls for greater safeguards around online prescribing

Woman died after obtaining opiates after a consultation with doctors in Romania


Home Visits

Anachronism or privilege? James Booth discusses this emotive issue

On The Pulse   - November 2019

‘New short-term treatment option for hand osteoarthritis flare-ups'

Manifesto! Ho! Ho!

Christmas is near, what better way to celebrate the season than with yet another election?


Take your health seriously

A Somerset GP looks at the key principles of self-care and why the whole topic deserves our attention

Politicians can’t shake a magic people tree to staff the NHS

We need to move beyond an exclusive focus on money, to challenge the notion of a ‘magic people tree’, says Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation

The role of digital health interventions

Dr Roger Henderson discusses how digital intervention programmes can help to prevent and roll back chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes

2019 NCRI Cancer Conference: news round-up

Review the findings of key research presented at the latest National Cancer Research Institute’s Cancer Conference



This clinical article reviews migrainous headaches and looks in detail at the types and management strategies.


A 17-year-old girl presents with a history of right sided headaches associated with nausea and photophobia. She has been studying for exams, but has ended up missing school and revision for her exams has been hampered

Drug and Therapeutics Update - 6th December

Class 2 medicines recall and supply disruption alert for Emerade adrenaline auto-injectors; influenza season 2019/20: antiviral medicines may now be prescribed; isatuximab in combination given positive EAMS scientific opinion for multiple myeloma

Itching in pregnancy

A 25-year-old woman, who is 26 weeks pregnant in her first pregnancy presents with a two-week history of severe itching. Her blood pressure is normal. She has no co-morbidities and is on no regular medication. What do her blood tests reveal?

Obstetric cholestasis

This article gives an overview of this multifactorial disorder and covers presentation, diagnosis, management and complications

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