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QOF change ‘could cost GPs hundreds of pounds’

Exclusive: GP practices are set to lose out financially because of changes in the QOF business rules to the way depression and hypertension indicators are being assessed.

28 September 2010

Experts advise pioglitazone switch

GPs reviewing patients on rosiglitazone should consider switching them straight over to pioglitazone- unless there is a reason for them not to be on a thiazolidinedione - say diabetes GPSIs.

28 September 2010

NICE issues first GP ovarian cancer guidance highlighting four red flags

GPs should suspect ovarian cancer in any woman who suffers persistent abdominal distension, difficulty eating, pelvic or abdominal pain or urinary urgency more than 12 times a month, new NICE guidance recommends.

27 September 2010

Bisphosphonate link with oesophageal cancer ‘unresolved’

Researchers have cast doubt on a high profile analysis that showed a link between oral bisphosphonates and oesophageal cancer.

27 September 2010

Commissioning handover underway as GPs form shadow consortia

Exclusive: GP shadow commissioning groups are being launched across the country, despite massive uncertainty over whether GPs are ready for the challenge, a Pulse investigation can reveal.

27 September 2010

Vitamin D associated with depression in older patients

Vitamin D deficiency in older people is associated with depression, independent of age, sex, social class, physical health status and season, according to UK researchers.

24 September 2010

Triple therapy in AF increases bleeding risk

Patients with atrial fibrillation who are taking the triple therapy combination of warfarin, clopidogrel and aspirin have a three-fold increased risk of bleeding complications compared to those just receiving warfarin.

24 September 2010

Lansley tells GPs he will make PCTs open their books in personal appeal to the profession

Exclusive: Health secretary Andrew Lansley will tell GPs he will instruct PCTs to open their books as never before in a bid to kick-start the handover of commissioning power to the profession.

24 September 2010

Glucosamine of no benefit for osteoarthritis

Commonly-used supplements used to treat osteoarthritis are no better than placebo and should not be prescribed by GPs, concludes an analysis of trials.

24 September 2010

Cinnamon ‘lowers blood pressure and blood sugar’

Cinnamon may have a blood glucose and blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with type 2 diabetes, a small randomised controlled trial in UK patients shows.

24 September 2010