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Latest news - Sunday, 22 April 2018

Debate goes on over valproate in pregnancy

Should there be an outright ban or restricted use of valproate in women who could get pregnant?

Online ads might boost smoking cessation uptake in pregnancy

Paid ads for quit-smoking support might be more effective than advice in clinical setting

Most of UK doesn’t provide vital perinatal mental healthcare

Much more must be done on improving access to avoid potentially fatal consequences

MPs and peers must act to curb negligence claims

Fair compensation for negligence must be balanced against society’s ability to pay

Cannabis effect on cognitive function small and short-lived

Associations are small and may be of questionable clinical importance for most individuals, study suggests

Blogs

On The Pulse - April 2018

Unintended weight loss: a predictor of cancer in primary care

Language matters

Thoughtful use of language around suicide and self-harm can make a difference

Fire breathing dragons

A look at why NHS 111 appointment booking would be a disaster

GDPR for Kids

Gerry the GDPR Giraffe explains the General Data Protection Regulations

Views

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

The rise of robotics and AI in surgery

Whilst this may come as good news to patients by removing elements of negligent human error, who will be liable in circumstances where a patient suffers avoidable harm during the course of robotic-assisted surgery?

One year on from Article 50: where are we, and what next for the NHS?

A year after Theresa May triggered Article 50 and started the clock ticking for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, what are the prospects for the NHS after Brexit?

Seizing the opportunity

E-cigarettes and Stop Smoking Services - linking the most popular with the most effective

Colorectal cancer

This course covers the epidemiology, aetiology, pathology, presentation, diagnosis and management of cancer of the large intestine

Learning

Drug and Therapeutics Update

Tocilizumab recommended in giant cell arteritis; final appraisal determination recommends atezolizumab in lung cancer; tumour profiling tests in early breast cancer recommended in draft guidance

Management of epistaxis

A review of this common condition, affecting 10% of the population at some point in their lifetime

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE publishes guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Lyme disease; SMC accepts Kevzara for rheumatoid arthritis; RCGP publishes guidelines for online consultation safety

A case of mouth ulceration

This case history covers mouth ulcers, differential diagnoses, investigations and treatment

Drug and Therapeutics Update

NICE publishes draft guidance on treatment for relapsing MS, EMA recommends Shingrix for herpes zoster, NHS England publishes new guidance for OTC prescribing.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

A review of MRSA, from diagnosis to treatment, and the impact of prevention strategies on incidence

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