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Exercise in fibromyalgia reduces pain

Encouraging patients with fibromyalgia to increase physical activity can reduce their disability and pain, research shows.

31 March 2010

Chocolate reduces cardiovascular risk by 40%

Eating chocolate could reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk, according to an epidemiological study in the European Heart Journal.

31 March 2010

Under-performing GPs waste money that could be used elsewhere, says DH adviser

Exclusive: A senior Government adviser has warned a 'rump' of under-performing GPs are wasting money and will be increasingly targeted by NHS managers keen to cut costs and shift more care into the community.

31 March 2010

Government cranks up pressure on GPs to offer extended hours

The Government has launched the next stage of its drive to widen access to primary care by telling PCTs to use patient survey results to increase Saturday opening.

31 March 2010

RCGP names new chair

Dr Clare Gerada has been elected as the 21st chair of the RCGP, the college's first female chair for 50 years.

30 March 2010

Annual microalbuminuria testing ‘reveals many false positives’

Annual urine testing for microalbuminuria produces a high number of false positives that render it ‘almost unusable’, according to a study by primary care researchers.

30 March 2010

MPs deliver damning verdict on PCT commissioning

MPs have accused PCTs of having ‘misplaced confidence' in their own ability in a damning verdict on the standard of NHS commissioning.

30 March 2010

Statins ‘have no antihypertensive effect’

Statins have no additional blood pressure-lowering effect in controlled hypertensive patients, a randomised controlled trial has found.

30 March 2010

Framingham not cardiovascular tool of choice, says NICE

NICE has withdrawn its support for Framingham as the cardiovascular risk tool of choice in a lipid guidance update - but stopped short of explicitly recommending QRISK as a replacement.

29 March 2010

RCGP to move to new headquarters

The RCGP has announced it is to relocate from its current headquarters to a new, state-of-the-art facility in central London.

29 March 2010