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CBT effective for managing chronic back pain

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can have a ‘sustained effect’ on chronic low-back pain and is a cost-effective way of managing the condition in primary care, according to a randomised controlled trial by UK researchers.

09 March 2010

GP alarm as NHS managers push for paediatric centres in polyclinics

NHS managers are to establish a series of primary care ‘children’s centres’, based in polyclinics, to spearhead the transfer of paediatric care from hospitals.

08 March 2010

GPs overlooking ovarian cancer in older women

GPs are less likely to recognise and refer older women who present with symptoms of ovarian cancer, according to a study by UK researchers who warn the findings are likely to extend to other cancers.

08 March 2010

Amoxicillin drives resistance in child UTIs

GPs should avoid prescribing ampicillin to any child with a UTI who has been given amoxicillin at any time in the previous two months, say US researchers.

05 March 2010

Campaign for psychological therapies launched

The RCGP and other organisations have launched a major campaign to make better access to psychological therapies an election issue.

05 March 2010

New blow for aspirin use in CVD prevention

Exclusive: The role of aspirin in the prevention of cardiovascular events has been dealt another blow by the results of a randomised controlled trial by Scottish researchers.

05 March 2010

Virgin snaps up Assura GP companies to become leading Darzi centre provider

Virgin tycoon Richard Branson has dramatically signalled his arrival as a major player in UK general practice after a buyout of the leading private provider of Darzi centres.

04 March 2010

£281m takeover of Care UK signals private sector intent

City investors bargaining on a huge shift of NHS services to private companies signalled their intent today with a £281 million takeover deal for the provider Care UK.

04 March 2010

Funding boost for popular practices as DH unveils plan to axe boundaries

GP practices which register high numbers of patients when practice boundaries are abolished could be offered extra funds to expand their services if they reach maximum capacity, the Government has revealed.

04 March 2010

Rural GPs earning £9,000 more than urban colleagues

GP partners in rural areas of the UK earn around £9,000 more on average than those in urban areas, according to official new figures.

03 March 2010