Isobel is clinical features assistant on Pulse. She commissions and edits clinical features for Pulse Today and CPD module content for Pulse Learning, as well as reporting on clinical news.
Isobel joined Pulse in 2016 after graduating with a BSc in biological sciences from Imperial College London.
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GPs have warned new plans to introduce genomic testing for millions of patients could increase GP workload and costs for the NHS.
The British Thoracic Society and SIGN have advised in their latest joint guideline update that FeNO testing should not be carried out in primary care to diagnose asthma, in contrast with current NICE recommendations.
GPs should not order multiple inflammatory marker tests when investigating possible infection or cancer and instead use only CRP due to its 'superior diagnostic accuracy', researchers have warned.
A new urine test could predict the progression of prostate cancer without the need for invasive tests such as biopsies, a study has found.
GPs should stop using CRP and other inflammatory markers as non-specific tests to rule out serious underlying conditions, researchers have recommended.
The HPV vaccine has led to a ‘profound reduction’ in the rate of precancerous cervical changes in Scotland.
NHS Devon CCG has saved £200,000 per year by introducing a framework to optimise blood test requests for chronic disease monitoring.
Half of patients taking statins had a ‘sub-optimal’ response to the treatment, a study has found, leading to calls for GPs to tailor statin regimens to individual patients
Blood tests carried out in primary care could cut the number of unnecessary secondary care referrals for NAFLD by almost 80%, a study has found
Urine testing may have similar sensitivity in detecting HPV as cervical smear testing, a study has found, which may provide an alternative screening option for women who are anxious about cervical screening
Lifestyle factors explain almost half of protective effect of education on heart disease risk Subscription
Lifestyle factors may partially explain the increased rates of heart disease among those with lower educational attainment, a study has found.
Improved primary care services need to be offered to young people to reduce the rate of non-suicidal self-harm in this age group, a study has urged.
The number of chlamydia tests carried out for young people in general practice fell by 11% in the last year, PHE has found.
GPs need more training and better support to increase rates of HIV testing, according to researchers.
A review of major UK guidelines for monitoring chronic diseases in primary care has found most are based on expert opinion and that even when evidence is cited it is not clear whether testing is necessary.
Genetics may play a larger role than diet in the development of gout, researchers have suggested.
Specialist doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis from 1 November, the Home Office has announced today.
NICE has published eight new QOF indicators, which it says will help GPs 'personalise' care for frail diabetes patients.
Patients taking ACE inhibitors could be at an increased risk of lung cancer, according to the findings of a new study.
E-cigarettes should not be recommended for smoking cessation purposes as they increase the risk of heart attack, a study has warned.