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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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
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
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
NHS Devon CCG has saved £200,000 per year by introducing a framework to optimise blood test requests for chronic disease monitoring.
The HPV vaccine has led to a ‘profound reduction’ in the rate of precancerous cervical changes in Scotland.
Diverting patients who are not seriously ill away from A&E may not improve overcrowding issues, research has found.
GPs are ordering three times as many diagnostic tests as they did 15 years ago, a study has found.
Brief cognitive assessment methods used by GPs often give false-positive or false-negative results, researchers have warned.
GPs should urgently refer suspected stroke patients for specialist review regardless of their risk of future strokes, NICE recommends in new draft guidelines.
GPs should only order vitamin D blood tests in patients with confirmed or suspected bone conditions or who are at high risk of deficiency, says new guidance.
GPs should routinely test vitamin D status in COPD patients as supplementation could reduce the rate of exacerbations, new research has found.
GPs should suspect laryngeal cancer and consider urgent referral in patients who present with a persistent sore throat and hoarseness, according to a new study.
GPs should encourage smoking cessation as it reduces the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has found.
Primary care-based weight loss programmes may lead to sustained remission for patients with type 2 diabetes, a study has found.
There is limited evidence that e-cigarettes encouraged smoking in teenagers in the years after they came on the market, a study has concluded.
GPs should consider adding a sulfonylurea to existing metforming treatment for type 2 diabetes rather than switching to sulfonylurea monotherapy.
Care provided by practice nurses is as good as care provided by GPs and may even be better, according to a new review.
Boys in England aged between 12 and 13 will be given the HPV vaccine, the public health minister has announced today.
GPs are referring more patients for diagnostic tests and prescribing more drugs for heart failure, a study has found.
GPs should reduce use of diclofenac due to its increased gastrointestinal and cardiovascular risks compared to other NSAIDs, researchers have warned.