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Cannabis effect on cognitive function small and short-lived
Associations are small and may be of questionable clinical importance for most individuals, study suggests Related items fromOnMedica Cannabis use increases hospital admissions for psychotic patients Cannabis-related hospital admissions reach 10-year high in Scotland Teen cannabis use linked to substance misuse in adulthood Cannabis derivative interferes with antiepileptic drugs Cannabis compound may help curb frequency of epileptic seizures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MPs and peers must act to curb negligence claims
Fair compensation for negligence must be balanced against society ’s ability to pay Related items fromOnMedica Where will indemnity rises stop? NHS clinical negligence claims up by 14% Curb rising costs of clinical negligence claims, government urged BMA responds to rapid review into gross negligence manslaughter Government moves to cap rising clinical negligence costs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Most of UK doesn ’t provide vital perinatal mental healthcare
Much more must be done on improving access to avoid potentially fatal consequences Related items fromOnMedica Postnatal depression NHS funding boost to support new mothers ’ mental health All women must have access to perinatal mental health service Large shortfall in mental health care for new mothers, UK survey reveals Maternity care findings ‘serious cause for concern’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Online ads might boost smoking cessation uptake in pregnancy
Paid ads for quit-smoking support might be more effective than advice in clinical setting Related items fromOnMedica Smoking cessation services face cuts Smoking cessation Support for smokers trying to quit falls sharply Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Debate goes on over valproate in pregnancy
Should there be an outright ban or restricted use of valproate in women who could get pregnant? Related items fromOnMedica Antidepressants in pregnancy linked to heightened risk of birth defects Epilepsy drug linked to 4,000 birth defects in France Prenatal exposure to valproate raises risk of autism Hunt announces Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Regular exercise after heart attack might halve risk of death over next few years
Should be recommended along with other lifestyle advice, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Atrial fibrillation risk lower with regular nut consumption Lifestyle factors biggest cause of heart disease risk variation E-health device helps heart failure patients better manage their condition Half of patients delay seeking help for heart attacks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Artificial pancreas ‘safe and effective’ for type 1 diabetes, concludes study
System can boost normal blood glucose time by almost 2.5 hours Related items fromOnMedica Continuous glucose monitoring beneficial in type 1 diabetes All pregnant women with type 1 diabetes should be offered continuous glucose monitoring Poor muscle health a complication of type 1 diabetes Overview of type 1 diabetes Artificial pancreas improves glucose control (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New care standards for HIV aim to boost quality despite funding pressures
Eight standards cover range of care from diagnosis to end of life Related items fromOnMedica HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ due to antiretroviral therapy Routine HIV testing could save lives and money PrEP safe and effective for young men who have sex with men World AIDS Day: The fight against HIV Health system complexities holding back HIV progress (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ban solitary confinement of teens to protect their mental health, health leaders urge
BMA and royal colleges call for immediate changes to be made to youth justice system Related items fromOnMedica Mental health needs better management in criminal justice system NICE says new prisoners should be tested for infections Suicidal inmate let down by prison health service Mentally ill should not be detained in police cells, say MPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

People with multiple health conditions get raw deal, says report
They don ’t get the right treatment and often suffer needless disability and early death Related items fromOnMedica GMC calls for major overhaul of medical training A unique offering for patients with highly complex needs Patients with multiple health problems make up most GP consultations Diabetes, stroke and heart attack cut life expectancy One in six HIV-infected people in UK is aged over 55 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Welsh general practice most underfunded in UK
General practice in Wales receives lowest proportion of total NHS spend of all UK nations Related items fromOnMedica GPs ‘too exhausted’ to provide out-of-hours care One in five patients in Wales struggled to get GP appointment last year Share of NHS funding for GPs falls to 7.1% Government reforms will open up yawning gap for adult social care funding Broad welcome for NHS long-term funding plan (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Atrial fibrillation risk lower with regular nut consumption
People who regularly eat nuts have lower risk of AF – and perhaps also heart failure Related items fromOnMedica Long working hours linked to heightened irregular heart rhythm risk Blood-thinning drugs appear to protect against dementia in AF patients Diet for lowering blood pressure also reduces risk of kidney disease Eat range of unpeeled raw nuts to benefit heart, urge experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Poor muscle health a complication of type 1 diabetes
Even active young adults with the disease have mitochondrial changes linked to cell damage Related items fromOnMedica Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved Overview of type 1 diabetes All pregnant women with type 1 diabetes should be offered continuous glucose monitoring Intensive weight loss can ‘reverse’ type 2 diabetes Five distinct types of diabetes, not just two, suggests study (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes drugs vary in impact on survival
Overall mortality lower with SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 agonists than with DPP-4 inhibitors Related items fromOnMedica Use of DPP-4 inhibitors associated with increased risk of IBD Drugs to treat diabetes are well tolerated in teenagers Intensive weight loss can ‘reverse’ type 2 diabetes NHS type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme exceeds expectations Study claims medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Alarming delays in implementing WannaCry lessons, say MPs
Lack of funding is hampering progress on necessary upgrades and changes to NHS cybersecurity Related items fromOnMedica The NHS had a wake-up call after the WannaCry cyber-attacks – what is Europe doing to respond? NHS cyber-attack was ‘inevitable’ given poor investment Hospitals and GPs hit by cyber-attack NHS 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study shows huge variation in gluten-free food prescribing
Variation is not driven by ‘obvious medical factors’ Related items fromOnMedica Gluten-free food Dropping ‘low value prescription items’ set to save NHS ‘millions’ Gluten-free gruel Gluten-free diet not recommended for people without coeliac disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Global cancer leaders team up to enhance research
Cancer Research UK in trans-Atlantic alliance Related items fromOnMedica One-stop shops 'will speed cancer diagnosis' Prime minister announces £75 million to fund prostate cancer research Suspect cancer if patient has unexpected weight loss Cancer Alliances Only half of new cancer drugs extend or improve life (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Campaign launched to end ‘pyjama paralysis’ in NHS hospitals
Initiative aims to get patients dressed to speed up recovery Related items fromOnMedica Third of people sent home too early from psychiatric care Doctors describe impact on patients of bed shortages in shocking dossier Mental health patients 'stranded' due to bed cuts Bed cut plans ‘undesirable and unachievable', warns think tank NHS performance figures improve (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Decision to save GP trainee from deportation, welcomed
BMA welcomes decision to drop deportation case Related items fromOnMedica Plans afoot for single route onto medical register MPs slam government over its Brexit immigration plans Big rise in overseas doctors wanting to work in UK New visa rules could prompt exodus of hundreds of doctors, warns BMA NHS ‘workforce gap’ is harming the quality of care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA responds to rapid review into gross negligence manslaughter
Response comes in the aftermath of the Dr Bawa-Garba ruling Related items fromOnMedica Bawa-Garba case: was the GMC biased? Confidence intervals Is the legal bar for convicting HCPs of manslaughter 'too low'? Don ’t increase sentences for medical manslaughter, urges MDU Rapid review ordered into medical manslaughter laws (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ketamine 'shows promise' in treating depression
Trials using nasal spray esketamine showed rapid improvement in depressive symptoms Related items fromOnMedica Management of depression: non-pharmacological Management of depression: pharmacological Diagnosis and evaluation of depression in adults Anaesthetists call for protection of ketamine Surge in antidepressant prescriptions for fourth year running (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Genes isolated for pulmonary arterial hypertension
Doctors hope the discovery will lead to potential new treatments Related items fromOnMedica Antidepressant link to persistent pulmonary hypertension NHS funds pioneering lung procedure Researchers identify gene for irregular heartbeat Scientists find new markers for high blood pressure UK mass gene sequencing breakthrough (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Staff shortages 'threaten patient safety'
And survey reveals many staff consider seeking work outside the NHS Related items fromOnMedica Chemo treatment ‘unsustainable’ due to staff shortages NHS reliance on agency workers linked to staff wellbeing Sharon Hodgson MP: NHS cancer staff shortages should be ‘top government priority’ NHS performance figures paint ‘extremely worrying picture’ Unions and employers welcome 6.5% NHS pay deal (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Thousands more in line for personal NHS care budgets
People with learning difficulties and dementia among 350,000 who could benefit Related items fromOnMedica Patients spend money better than GPs, report suggests Personal health budgets: perceived threat and real opportunity Making personal health budgets work for all GPs to offer personal maternity budgets (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors and MPs slam data sharing rules
RCGP says current agreement 'treats GP patient data like the Yellow Pages' Related items fromOnMedica Increase in health charge paid by temporary migrants GPs blast migrant health plans Understanding cancer - the importance of patient data Charity advises GPs to register undocumented migrants as ‘no fixed abode’ Proposals to help NHS charge overseas patients ‘go much too far’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

High blood pressure before pregnancy linked to heightened miscarriage risk
Every 10 mmHg rise in diastolic blood pressure seems to boost risk Related items fromOnMedica Premature births linked to bacterial changes in vagina Women using short-acting asthma relievers can take 20% longer to conceive Midwifery training numbers to rise by 25% Diabetes drug use during pregnancy affects child's weight Mums-to-be can safely exercise in warm weather and use saunas for brief periods (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Invest in workforce to roll out bowel cancer screening, urges former health secretary
Andrew Lansley reveals he has stage 3 disease for which he is currently being treated Related items fromOnMedica Obesity set to rival smoking as UK ’s leading cause of cancer, warns charity Many trusts not offering genetic bowel cancer test GPs see potential in texts to low-risk cancer symptom patients One-stop shops 'will speed cancer diagnosis' Cancer Alliances (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospitals in England cutting back on sugary drink/snack sales
So far 152 out of 232 trusts have taken action, says NHS England Related items fromOnMedica Cancer rates could rise due to growing intake of highly processed food Obesity set to rival smoking as UK ’s leading cause of cancer, warns charity Supermarkets ban sale of energy drinks to under-16s Sugary drinks remains key source of sugar in teenagers ’ diets Warning issued on high sugar content in snacks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Obesity-related hospital admissions rise by nearly 20%
Extra 617,000 cases in 2016-17 compared with previous year; two thirds were among women Related items fromOnMedica Millennials top obesity chart before reaching middle age Wait and hip measurement better indicator of heart attack risk than obesity Early puberty linked with increased risk of obesity for women Obesity set to rival smoking as UK ’s leading cause of cancer, warns charity Managing obesity in primary care - Part 2 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP-led scheme drives down hospital admissions for care home residents
Greatest reductions in last three months of life, evaluation of the East London project shows Related items fromOnMedica Choosing adult social care is one of life ’s most stressful experiences Government reforms will open up yawning gap for adult social care funding NHS England will recruit 240 pharmacists for care homes Emergency admissions at end of life set to sky rocket Social prescribing can free up GPs ’ time and save resources (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Local clinical excellence awards no longer pensionable and time limited
But there will more of them and employers will be contractually obliged to run them Related items fromOnMedica Multi-million-pound funding for GP innovation Unions and employers welcome 6.5% NHS pay deal BMA demands information on GP pensions failures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Online healthcare apps/websites still falling short on patient safety
Huge improvements made since last year, but 43% of independent sector providers not up to the mark, says regulator Related items fromOnMedica Antibiotics available without prescription from almost half of online pharmacies Regulator cracks down on unsafe practice at online pharmacies Online consults may not be quick fix for easing GP workload Heart rate apps are not accurate, study finds CQC finds safety concerns with online primary care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Obesity set to rival smoking as UK ’s leading cause of cancer, warns charity
Four out of 10 cases of the disease could be avoided through lifestyle changes, says Cancer Research UK Related items fromOnMedica Managing obesity in primary care - Part 2 Managing obesity in primary care - Part 1 Weight gain linked to cancer risk Abdominal fat key cancer driver for postmenopausal women Cancer cases have risen 12% since mid-1990s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government reforms will open up yawning gap for adult social care funding
And are at odds with desire for high quality services and devolved responsibilities, says Institute for Fiscal Studies Related items fromOnMedica Give us long-term solutions, not quick fixes, urge health and social care leaders Investing in social care has a greater impact on population health Expert Panel proposes ring-fenced tax solely for NHS and social care Watchdog slams government over failure to sustain social care workforce 1 in 10 councils have cut social care spend by more than a quarter (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Low back pain often wrongly treated worldwide
Subject to inappropriate and costly tests and treatments; best practice guidance ignored Related items fromOnMedica Paracetamol 'does not help back pain or arthritis' Exercise better for back pain than acupuncture say experts Nurofen TV ad is banned for being ‘misleading’ NSAIDs no better than placebo for spinal pain (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flu cases rising sharply
Hospitalisation for flu numbers double in a week Related items fromOnMedica NHS winter plans centre on more flu jabs and A&E staff Parents urged to vaccinate children against flu Struggling NHS will be floored by flu outbreak or cold snap, warn NHS leaders Pregnant women urged to have flu jab Flu jab linked to fewer hospitalisations (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public still largely ignorant of safe drinking guidelines
Only 16% of people aware of recommended guidelines Related items fromOnMedica Alcohol dependency and detoxification Alcohol minimum unit pricing gets go ahead in Scotland Metabolic factors combined with alcohol increase risk of severe liver disease Experts identify how alcohol raises cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Avoidable cardiac deaths as women receive different treatment
Women have three times higher excess mortality in year after heart attack Related items fromOnMedica Atrial fibrillation poses greater risk for women than men Heart rehabilitation services neglect women Migraines linked to cardiovascular disease and death in women Heavy drinking is bad for women's hearts Hospitals fail women with myocardial infarction (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

QOF targets in Wales eased to help winter pressures
Extra £10m announced to help relieve NHS pressures Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to scrap QOF system of GP pay Include management of nutrition in QOF, says Patients Association QOF suspended in Northern Ireland Is there a life after QOF? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PM defends NHS performance but admits ‘nothing’s perfect’
GP cooperation with hospital praised by prime minister Related items fromOnMedica Trusts set to use multiple measures to ease winter pressure Sickness surveillance system hopes to ease winter pressures BMA calls for increased funding to end annual winter crisis NHS 111 calls hit new high as winter pressures build Give us long-term solutions, not quick fixes, urge health and social care leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts slam theory that sugar is driving obesity/diabetes epidemics
Argument overly simplistic and fundamentally flawed, they say Related items fromOnMedica Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease “Sugar-free” drinks – are they really healthy? High sugar diet linked to depression in men Sweet drink consumption linked to heart failure risk Diabetes risk lower with high intake of fruit and veg (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public fear NHS at risk of collapse within five years without extra cash
Patient safety also a concern, small survey of service users and locum staff indicates Related items fromOnMedica GMC issues warning over impact of winter pressures NHS pressures will jeopardise patient safety, doctors warn Fall in nurse numbers could threaten patient safety Social care collapse by next year will hurt NHS, warn experts General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New pharmacy standards aim to boost patient experience and cut drug errors
RPS updates professional framework for hospital services Related items fromOnMedica Look to the efficiencies community pharmacy offers to make a dent in the £22bn Strategy for community pharmacy needed to deliver its full potential Pharmacists lose battle to overturn government cuts to community pharmacy Pharmacy service could save NHS £500m Community pharmacy staff offered clinical skills programme (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Discuss all options for fertility preservation with patients, clinicians urged
And include transgender people and those with congenital conditions Related items fromOnMedica Fertility treatments may impact on breast cancer risk Infertility UK to expand trials of womb transplants Fertility preservation for girls with cancer ‘haphazard’ Patients face postcode lottery for IVF, new data shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Give us long-term solutions, not quick fixes, urge health and social care leaders
Time to rethink staff and resources, they urge, in wake of winter pressure figures Related items fromOnMedica Winter pressure BMA calls for increased funding to end annual winter crisis NHS 111 calls hit new high as winter pressures build GPs under growing pressure as well as A&Es BMA warns ‘year-round crisis set to be the norm’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts identify how alcohol raises cancer risk
Alcohol can cause damage to DNA in blood stem cells Related items fromOnMedica Government urged to stress dangers of even moderate drinking Alcohol dependency and detoxification Detox units 'putting patients at risk' Alcohol directly causes seven types of cancer England faces 135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths by 2035 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Quarter of pregnant women have mental health problems
Simple questions can identify problems, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Postnatal depression Postnatal depression far more common in previous sufferers 30,000 pregnant women with mental health problems do not get adequate care Large shortfall in mental health care for new mothers, UK survey reveals (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Some CCGs fail to declare drug company payments
More than £3.7m of undisclosed payments found Related items fromOnMedica GPs warned over potential conflicts of interest in CCG decisions New NHS conflict of interest clampdown Declare gifts above £50 and any commercial work, CCG and trust staff told Database of pharmaceutical industry payments to doctors goes live Conflicted (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS 111 calls hit new high as winter pressures build
Ambulance waits rise 40% in a week at end of 2017 Related items fromOnMedica Ongoing pressures putting NHS at risk of ‘serious lapses in care’ A&E is the barometer for a health and care system under pressure Better funding and capacity vital for A&E to survive A&Es are inadequately resourced, MPs agree Missed A&E targets reflect cuts in social care and NHS funding (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs under growing pressure as well as A & Es
RCGP renews call for patients to consider different NHS help Related items fromOnMedica The incredible invisible bed crisis Physicians offer help on managing winter pressures Trusts set to use multiple measures to ease winter pressure Winter pressure BMA calls for increased funding to end annual winter crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news