Inside Health 9/8/16. Zika, statins, asthma trial

Zika: http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/internationalissues/zika.aspx https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/543961/Zika_virus_guidance_for_primary_care.pdf https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/zika-virus-epidemiology-and-cases-diagnosed-in-the-uk/zika-virus-epidemiology-and-cases-diagnosed-in-the-uk Zika virus – update and advice for travellers including pregnant women and those planning pregnancy Yellow card scheme Asthma study Press release  press coverage Lancet study http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(16)30179-5/abstract http://www.thelancet.com/cms/attachment/2062500198/2064583746/gr4.jpg other registered trials 

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Edinburgh Festival – rants with references

Fringe show starts tonight….and here are the references. If you are coming and I know you from twitter, that means I know you, so please come and say hello. Early day motion to support homeopathy http://skeptical-voter.org/wiki/index.php?title=Jeremy_Hunt 2.  Weekend ‘effects’ “someone is 15% more likely to die if admitted on a Sunday than on a Wednesday […]

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Inside Health 2/8/16 – statins and the media

Smeeth paper   Jade Goody – cervical cancer -> rise in smear rates – month after her death was 33,000 smear tests than expected http://jpubhealth.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/1/80.full Kylie Minogue increase in breast screening 20% increase in young women 25-44 having mammon increased by not bx rate https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2005/183/5/impact-news-celebrity-illness-breast-cancer-screening-kylie-minogues-breast http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18515324 MMR – sorry saga http://jech.bmj.com/content/54/6/473.full Cochrane review on The […]

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Inside Health 25/7/16

ACTIVE trial  Press release from Alzheimers’ Society Brain training found to reduce dementia risk over a 10 year period New research has shown a scientifically tailored computer brain training program can reduce the number of cases of cognitive decline and dementia over a decade by a third. The research was presented today (Sunday 24 July) […]

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Care data – Inside Health 12/7/16

Caldicott eview of care data UK differences – BMJ ICO anonymisation/pseudoanonymisation Data sharing rules broken    identifiable data http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/it/revealed-independent-experts-overseeing-caredata-have-approved-31-releases-of-identifiable-patient-data-since-april/20005572.fullarticle Pharmacy FU Dean street clinic note the NHS is fined more for an accident, the commercial sector fined less for a deliberate profit making sale of data    

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Multimorbidity – Inside Health 5/7/16

Lancet 2012 on multimorbidity http:/http://www.thelancet.com/cms/attachment/2009245825/2032056163/gr1.jpg Guidelines and multi morbidity = BMJ Guidelines and drug interactions  Burdens of treatment  the work done by patients when doctors stick to guidelines Polypharmacy aids  for deprescribing Drug Drug interactions 

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RCGP council 18/6/16 – what I said

GP Forward view. Many of the points are not evidence based – esp access, e.g. text message consultations – we may end up doing more with little benefit to patients and actually creating more work for ourselves. The ForwardView recommends touch typing and speed reading to release time to care – move upstream – needs […]

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Edinburgh in August

Come to Edinburgh! Not something a Glaswegian says very often, but…. My next (and last book about health) will be out around October: The State of Medicine – keeping the promise of the NHS. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, writing and thinking about why the NHS is in such a mess: how we […]

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