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Latest news - Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Doubts raised about effectiveness of HPV vaccines

Authors point to ‘methodological problems’

Guidance issued on reducing risk of CJD transmission

Measures relate to use of surgical instruments

UK measures in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus

PHE upgrades risk of coronavirus from very low to low

HPV infections very low due to vaccine coverage

Hopes for cervical cancer to be eliminated

Emergency dementia admissions up by one third

Dementia care at ‘crisis point’ warn experts


Is the game up for PCNs?

Luke Koupparis considers what might happen to networks if the current specification document remains unchanged

NHS – It’s not just about numbers

Carrie McEwen calls for a firm commitment to invest in the most vital asset of the NHS - its people

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Chris Preece wonders how on earth the GP draft Service Specifications came to be

On The Pulse - December 2019

Risk and benefits of opioid treatment during pregnancy


How collaboration is propelling change in Croydon

If health and care leaders are agreed on one thing, it’s that collaboration is far from easy. Here, Matthew Kershaw shares how organisations in Croydon have tackled the task and how the local health and care system, staff and residents are reaping the benefit

In 2020 and beyond we must embrace the tenets of population health - with all that that entails

There was a time when the NHS went into a form of hibernation over Christmas. Wards were emptied and staff took time off. Niall Dickenson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, reflects on the stark contrast of modern reality.

Bold moves towards integrated care

The chief officer for Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation and One Rochdale Health and Care reveals how local patients are benefiting from new partnerships

Headaches - CME resources

Easily find and access our CME resources about headaches



Routine blood tests results reveal a raised corrected calcium level. The patient’s last calcium level, which was done three years ago, was normal. You take a detailed history. Could medication be the cause?

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

A summary of the diagnosis and management of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 17th January

NICE recommends palbociclib and olaparib for breast and ovarian cancers; Supply Disruption Alert: Phenytoin Sodium NRIM 100mg capsules; SMC recommends five medicines

Knee cruciate ligament injuries

Knee cruciate ligament injuries are common and can lead to complications if missed or not adequately managed. This article details the anterior and posterior cruciate ligament injuries of the knee and management principles.

Infective endocarditis

A 75-year-old man has a one-week history of fevers, myalgia and shortness of breath. You have limited other history for this patient. You consider what might be the underlying diagnosis.

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 10th January

Lusutrombopag recommended for thrombocytopenia in people with chronic liver disease needing a planned invasive procedure in NICE final guidance; DNA testing to be available on NHS for diagnosing critically ill babies and children

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