Boilers on prescription/anticholinergic side effects – Inside Health 27/1/15

cold weather warning from Public Health England – average temperatures to drop to 2 degrees or below. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-issues-cold-weather-alert Boiler on Prescription Report – The story so far (1) EvaluationofWarmFrontScheme Local action on fuel inequalities – cold home related fuel problems    Papers of note http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935102000099 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24602854 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21764645 “There was a fundamental belief that residents in […]

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Predicting flu – INSIDE HEALTH, 20/1/15

Forecasting with google flu trends – doesn’t work http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0056176 http://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/12016836/The%20Parable%20of%20Google%20Flu%20(WP-Final).pdf?sequence=1 wikipedia was a bit better; correlation of page views and CDC data http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1003581 or there’s twitter, which fits on historical data modelling http://currents.plos.org/outbreaks/article/twitter-improves-influenza-forecasting/ Several models incorporated additional data besides clinical or laboratory-based surveillance data to generate forecasts, including internet search queries and meteorological data. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0094130 […]

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Nalmefene – Inside Health 12/1/15

  Nalmfelene http://www.uptodate.com/contents/pharmacotherapy-for-alcohol-use-disorder/abstract/60-62 http://www.scottishmedicines.org.uk/files/advice/nalmefene_Selincro_FINAL_September_2013_website.pdf COIs in researchers http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g2017/rr/692223 http://www.europeanneuropsychopharmacology.com/article/S0924-977X(13)00075-8/abstract NICE guidance http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta325 http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/EPAR_-_Public_assessment_report/human/002583/WC500140326.pdf         Statins and diabetes http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3244 http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61183-1/abstract http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/keyfacts/teenage-and-young-adult-cancer/   Cancer diagnosis in primary care http://zniup3zx6m0ydqfpv9y6sgtf.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/CDS-evaluation-report-Executive-summary.pdf   http://caliban.ingentaselect.co.uk/fstemp/c478823affb31a36bb141d494008f175.pdf   GP access in primary care http://www.rcgp.org.uk/news/2014/february/34m-patients-will-fail-to-get-appointment-with-a-gp-in-2014.aspx http://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/blog/wicked-problem-access-telephone-solution http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61058-8/abstract?rss=yes http://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/talks/slideshows/jon-nicoll-induced-demand-and-use-emergency-care   http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7228

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PLAC test – notes and references

http://www.plactest.com/healthcare/ -PLA2 testing is well-studied and published in peer-reviewed scientific literature and is recognized in the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association7,8 About 10% to 20% of persons with coronary heart disease (CHD) have no identifiable risk factor,1 and 35% of CHD deaths occur in patients who have total serum […]

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Submission to PAC – NHS complaints and clinical failure

Closes on 16/1/15   http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-administration-select-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/nhs-complaints-and-clinical-failure/commons-written-submission-form/   1.       The effectiveness of the NHS’s current approach to investigating and addressing untoward medical incidents.   Currently there is a blame culture, a culture of fear, and a culture of litigation in clinical practice. This is partially driven by the way the NHS has chosen to investigate clinical incidents […]

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Fat NHS staff. Inside Health 6/1/15

doctors not leading by example BMJ column on this http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6464notes on what food chains are on NHS premises http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11006903/NHS-hospital-cafes-are-helping-to-fuel-the-obesity-crisis.html RCP audit of workplaces https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/default/files/organisational-audit-of-implementation-of-nice-public-health-guidance-for-the-workplace-full-report_0_0.pdf advice to stop smoking from doctors http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC28587/ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD000165.pub4/abstract smoking vs non smoking doctor advice http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738399108003935 overweight vs non overweight doctors advice http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2011.402/abstract http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743513001503

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