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Charity calls for improved early diagnosis of meningitis
ALMOST a third (30 per cent) of young babies with bacterial meningitis receive inappropriate early treatment which delays parents seeking further help, according to report from the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Guidance on global classification system of periodontal and peri-implant diseases
AN implementation plan for a new global classification system of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions has been devised by a working group of the British Society of Periodontology (BSP).
Mixed success in reducing child tooth decay
HOSPITAL admissions in England for tooth decay in children aged 5-9 have increased for the second consecutive year but have dropped among ages 1-4 years and 10-14 years.
GPs should routinely ask about herbal and supplement use
A STUDY of adults over age 65 found that 34 per cent were taking herbal medicinal products (HMPs) or dietary supplements concurrently with prescription medicines and 33 per cent of those were at risk of potential adverse drug interactions.
Practice-based pharmacists prove a benefit
A STUDY has found that specialist clinical pharmacists working with 16 urban practices halved GP time spent on key prescribing activities.
Sepsis awareness increase in Scotland
AWARENESS of sepsis and its symptoms has shown small increases in Scotland following a national campaign.
Enhanced flu vaccine this winter
A NEW "adjuvanted" flu vaccine will be available in England this winter for those aged 65 and over and other at-risk groups.
GMC provides guidance on reflective practice
REFLECTIVE notes do not need to capture full factual details of an experience but should focus on learning or actions taken from a case or situation, says GMC guidance published to reassure registrants in light of the Bawa-Garba case.
“Write directly to patients”, doctors advised
HOSPITAL doctors should avoid medical jargon and write outpatient clinic letters in plain English directly to patients, rather than to GPs.
Two in five GPs have a mental health problem
A SURVEY of GPs conducted by the mental health charity Mind found that 40 per cent said they were experiencing a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.