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That was the year that was: 2009 on PulseToday

Our roundup of the most popular news, blogs, features, videos, and quizzes in 2009.

By The Pulse news team

Our roundup of the most popular news, blogs, features, videos, and quizzes in 2009.

Our single-most read story over the last twelve months was of course our swine flu tracker. Updated daily or even hourly since the first outbreak in April, it can now be read as an epic 15,000-word as-it-happened commentary on the pandemic which became the defining health story of the year.

But what were the other stories which helped make 2009 PulseToday's best year yet? To complement our review of the year and hall of fame (and shame), here's a roundup of what you've been reading:


1) Weight-loss drug orlistat gets final OTC permission
2) One in two GPs 'will refuse swine flu vaccine'
3) GPs to be paid 200k incentives to offer partnerships
4) GPs and practice staff on frontline turn down swine flu vaccine
5) Watchdog fails GPs over flucloxacillin risks
6) Single dose swine flu vaccine for most groups
7) GPs urged to review clopidogrel patients after PPI interaction warning
8) Shock tactics campaign to target cocaine addiction
9) GPs braced to miss swine flu target
10) Polypill could slash heart disease and stroke risk


1) What does the Darzi polyclinic vision mean for GPs?
2) Do inhaled steriods in COPD do more harm than good?
3) The top 20 most influential GPs in 2009
4) Vascular screening vision blurred by primary care trusts
5) Investigation: GPs cope with fallout from private screening explosion


1) Jobbing Doctor: Don't let the door hit you on the way out Sir Liam
2) Behind the Curtain: Swine flu is a global problem so why are local responses so varied?
3) Edzard Ernst: Are chiropractors destroying their own reputation?
4) The Editor's: Swine flu: you ain't seen nothing yet
5) Behind the Curtain: So who will be running those polyclinics?


1) Need to know - Acne Rosacea
2) Need to know - urticaria
3) What are the different causes of persistent cough and stridor in children?
4) Clinical casebook - painful red eye
5) Snapshot diagnosis - what's causing the black spots on this woman's tongue?


1) Test your knowledge of swellings
2) Test your knowledge of eye and eyelid problems
3) Pustular conditions of the skin
4) Test yourself on lesions of the ear
5) Test your knowledge of itchy rashes


1) How to... write a statement for the police or court
2) How to... get your first job as a GP
3) What sort of GP do you want to be?
4) How they calculate your NHS pension
5) A complete guide to QOF changes for 2009/10


1) Dr Michelle Drage guest editor of Pulse
2) Dr Fay Wilson on the withdrawal of Badger's swine flu contract
3) GPC negotiator Dr Dean Marshall on preparing for swine flu vaccination
4) Maximising non-NHS income part 1
5) Dr Peter Swinyard on his plans for the Family Doctor Association

2009 roundup

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