Facts and notes: Jeremy Hunt, 4/10/16

Conservative party speech.    I’m not going to check every sentence. I’m going to examine the bigger claims that I am concerned about. “But the truth is that for many years we have had the lowest cancer survival rates in Western Europe.” The most recent EUROCARE study published in 2015 examines the cohort of patients […]

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RCGP Council 23/9/16

Things I said: GP Forward View, again raising concerns that there is a lot of non evidenced policy in there. This seems to be pushing ahead despite a lack of evidence to say whether this is safe, effective, or ends up pushing more resources at people who already had more resources and could potentially widen health […]

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RCGP council 23/9/16

Things I said: GP Forward View, again raising concerns that there is a lot of non evidenced policy in there. This seems to be pushing ahead despite a lack of evidence to say whether this is safe, effective, or ends up pushing more resources at people who already had more resources and could potentially widen […]

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Inside Health 13/9/16

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens ‘obesity is the new smoking’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29253071 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/31/obesity-new-smoking-nhs-england-chief-executive parallels smoking in 70s 1974 half of men smoked now 22% women 41% 1974 now 19% http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/risk/tobacco#heading-Three obesity in 2010s 1993 about 14% men and 17% women obese 2014 – 25% of each https://www.noo.org.uk/NOO_about_obesity/adult_obesity/UK_prevalence_and_trends smoking – difference more than double in highest […]

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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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