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Restrict use of antibiotics for COPD, NICE says

Lun, 09/07/2018 - 14:05
Health professionals should weigh up the limited benefits of antibiotics against the risk of antimicrobial resistance when treating patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary...

Detention is still harming children at the US border

Lun, 09/07/2018 - 13:55
Healthcare practitioners who are dedicated to making the lives of children and their families better watched in disbelief as the ongoing situation of separating children from their parents unfolded...

Targeted breast screening could reduce overdiagnosis and be more cost effective, study finds

Vie, 06/07/2018 - 17:00
A risk stratified approach could improve the cost effectiveness of the UK’s breast screening programme and reduce the “cost” of overdiagnosis to women, a study has found.Not offering breast cancer...

We must make clear that racism is unacceptable

Vie, 06/07/2018 - 16:15
As a native born, white skinned doctor, I was sad to read about the abuse that Menon and his colleagues endured in the UK, and I support his call for a collective apology.1 This is both natural...

Poor quality services are harming global drive to improve healthcare, experts warn

Vie, 06/07/2018 - 15:50
Countries of all income levels are failing to improve the healthcare of their populations by allowing low quality health services to continue, according to three global organisations with an interest...

Start-up e-cigarette brand aims to “improve smokers’ lives”

Vie, 06/07/2018 - 15:50
bmj;362/jul06_7/k2930/FAF1faGreat news: the prevalence of cigarette smoking continues to decline in the US, now down to about 14% of the population.1 Quite a change from 42% in the early 1960s....

Accountable care organisations: second legal challenge fails in High Court

Vie, 06/07/2018 - 14:50
Campaigners have lost their High Court challenge against the secretary of state for health and social care and NHS England over plans to introduce accountable care organisations (ACOs), which they...

Does the addition of mesh improve outcomes in implant based breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer?

Vie, 06/07/2018 - 13:55
What you need to knowThe use of biological and synthetic meshes in implant based breast reconstruction has become standard care, but there is limited high quality evidence to support their safety or...

Skin cancer: smartphone diagnostic apps may offer false reassurance, warn dermatologists

Jue, 05/07/2018 - 18:35
Some smartphone apps designed to diagnose skin cancer may give patients false reassurance because the apps may not recognise rare or unusual cancers or may not pick up on all red flag symptoms,...

Seven days in medicine: 27 June to 3 July 2018

Jue, 05/07/2018 - 18:00
Infectious diseaseHuge spike in measles is seen in EnglandGPs in England were advised to be diligent against measles after a huge spike in cases this year. Public Health England reported 738...

Margaret McCartney: Getting the abstract in perspective

Jue, 05/07/2018 - 17:30
In Margaret McCartney's column of 12 June 2018 titled “Getting the abstract in perspective” (BMJ 2018;361:k2499, doi:10.1136/bmj.k2499), the terms “sensitivity” and “specificity” were used in place...

Periconception glycaemic control in women with type 1 diabetes and risk of major birth defects: population based cohort study in Sweden

Jue, 05/07/2018 - 10:30
AbstractObjectiveTo examine the association between maternal type 1 diabetes and the risk of major birth defects according to levels of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) within three months before or...

Association between maternal adherence to healthy lifestyle practices and risk of obesity in offspring: results from two prospective cohort studies of mother-child pairs in the United States

Jue, 05/07/2018 - 00:35
AbstractObjectiveTo examine the association between an overall maternal healthy lifestyle (characterized by a healthy body mass index, high quality diet, regular exercise, no smoking, and light to...

Gosport deaths: lethal failures in care will happen again

Mié, 04/07/2018 - 16:40
Every doctor, nurse, and manager working in the NHS today should read the report about the treatment of elderly patients in the Gosport War Memorial Hospital from 1990 to 2000, which was published...

Boost funding for social care to achieve integration with health, says watchdog

Mié, 04/07/2018 - 01:15
Without adequate and sustainable funding for social care, efforts to integrate health and social care will be hampered, the public spending watchdog has warned.The National Audit Office (NAO) has...

Migrant children in US were given range of psychotropic drugs to control behaviour, lawsuits allege

Mar, 03/07/2018 - 18:30
Migrant children separated from their families in the United States are being given psychotropic drugs to control their behaviour—including antipsychotics not approved for paediatric use—without...

Warm birthday wishes for NHS

Mar, 03/07/2018 - 17:20
bmj;362/jul03_13/k2918/FAF1faMark ThomasThousands of people from across the UK marched through central London on one of the hottest days in years, to celebrate the NHS’s 70th anniversary and to call...

Sixty seconds on . . . GP chatbot

Mar, 03/07/2018 - 17:15
What is this?Something that could solve the workforce crisis overnight, and allow GPs to retire pretty much immediately.Sorry?It’s a smartphone symptoms checker—developed by Babylon, the company...

Adopting new technology shouldn’t create extra work

Mar, 03/07/2018 - 10:25
Gerada says that general practitioners are reluctant to embrace new technology.1 Clearly not all GPs, as we welcome electronic advancement in our practice in South Wales. The key with any innovation...

Testicular cancer: symptoms for urgent referral are identified

Mar, 03/07/2018 - 07:35
Contrary to traditional teaching, painful testicular enlargement is a strong predictor of testicular cancer, a general practice study has shown.The research, published in the British Journal of...

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