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BP drugs slow CKD progression

GPs should consider benazepril plus amlodipine for high blood pressure, say US researchers.

23 February 2010

GPs to play central role in COPD screening drive

GPs may be asked to measure the lung function of millions of patients – including children - under plans to diagnose COPD earlier released today by the Government.

23 February 2010

‘Fit notes’ to be issued by telephone

GPs will be allowed to assess a patient’s suitability for work by telephone for the first time, under Government guidance on ‘fit notes’ issued today.

22 February 2010

Government scraps swine flu vaccination campaign for under fives

The Department of Health has revealed it is to scrap plans for healthy children under five to continue to be vaccinated against swine flu, just three months after urging GPs to vaccinate more than three million youngsters against the outbreak.

22 February 2010

Positive people ‘at lower risk of heart disease’

Positive emotions may protect against heart disease, according to a major study that found people who usually feel happy, enthusiastic and content are less at risk of ischaemic heart disease than ‘negative’ people.

22 February 2010

MPs call for end to NHS funding of homeopathy

MPs have called on the Government to scrap the funding of homeopathy on the NHS, backing overwhelming calls earlier this month from GPs.

22 February 2010

Third of PCTs forced to reschedule GP appraisals after website closure

A third of PCTs have been forced to cancel or reschedule GP appraisals after the NHS Appraisal Toolkit was shut down, with some offering hundreds of pounds of compensation, Pulse can reveal.

19 February 2010

Acupuncture ‘is better than drugs’ for period pain

A systematic review of acupuncture for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea has concluded that there is ‘promising evidence’ for its use.

19 February 2010

GPs should tell pregnant women there is ‘no need to eat for two’

Draft NICE guidelines say GPs and midwives should advise women about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight during and after pregnancy.

19 February 2010

Community pulmonary rehab just as good as in hospital

Pulmonary rehabilitation delivered in a community setting is as effective as that given in hospital, a Department of Health-funded analysis has concluded

19 February 2010