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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

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

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

Low-dose aspirin ‘reduces risk of colorectal cancer’

Even low-dose aspirin treatment is associated with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, say Scottish researchers.

23 September 2010

Divided BMA votes to attack white paper as ‘smokescreen for privatisation’

Exclusive: The BMA is to launch an attack on core elements of the Government’s health white paper, which it will warn opens the door to further privatisation of the NHS and could lead to services being provided on the basis of cost rather than quality.

23 September 2010

Concern over VTE risk with newer antipsychotics

Antipsychotic drugs double new users' risks of venous thromboembolism, with newer drugs showing even greater risks, a major new study suggests.

23 September 2010

Dozens of sessional GPs stand for election to BMA committee

The leader of a rebel group of salaried GPs and locums who planned to split from the BMA has hailed the creation of the GPC's new sessional GP subcommittee as a 'leap in the right direction' after nearly 50 GPs put themselves forward for election to it.

23 September 2010

GP contract has led to ‘hierarchical’ profession

The 2004 GP contract has turned general practice into a ‘hierarchical’ profession with simmering resentment between partners and salaried GPs, a new analysis finds.

23 September 2010

Long-term NSAID use linked to increased AF risk

Long-term use of NSAIDs is associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, an analysis of UK general practice data shows.

22 September 2010

Report to DH demands crackdown on QOF

Exclusive: A major report prepared for the Department of Health has questioned whether the QOF has had real benefits for patients and recommended cracking down on GPs over gaming of exception reporting and ‘fraudulent’ practice.

22 September 2010