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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Inside Health 29/3/16

HEALTH CHECKS the NHS Health Check programme is being implemented in the absence of direct randomised controlled trial evidence to guide it – Public Health England BJGP editorial http://bjgp.org/content/64/627/493 BMJ OPEN January 16 http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e008840.full BMJ review of public health policy http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7310 Inter99 – A community based, individually tailored intervention programme with screening for risk of ischaemic […]

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Inside Health 21/3/16 sugar

    Mexico 1 year later http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.h6704 2013 meta analysis http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-13-1072 20% tax modelling in UK http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6189 the role of ‘signalling’ http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.h6904 Mexico changes products http://www.euromonitor.com/soft-drinks-in-mexico/report head to head in BMJ including re Denmark http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4047 background http://www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/HoC-Health-follow-up-info-Feb-2015-financial-final.pdf St Helena http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Budget-Speech-2014-15-21-March-2014.pdf St Helena shows UK the way with fizzy drinks tax

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Asthma/ scarlet fever/measles Inside Health 15/3/16

ASTHMA Dutch study in question http://bjgp.org/content/66/644/e152 SIGN guidelines on asthma http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/pat141_CHILDREN.pdf In children with mild, intermittent wheeze and other respiratory symptoms which occur only with viral upper respiratory infections (colds), it is often reasonable to give no specific treatment and to plan a review of the child after an interval agreed with the parents/carers The […]

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