Delayed NICE guidance on asthma diagnosis may cause problems for GPs
NICE guidance on diagnosing asthma could be published this week after nearly five years in development, but looks set to clash with existing advice - potentially leaving GPs unclear over best practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Prescriptions of statins are missing the mark: New study finds they are being given to people who don't need them, and not being given to people who do need them
(Natural News) Statins are being prescribed to and misused by patients who are otherwise at low risk of developing heart disease, according to a study carried out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom. This indicates that the drugs are being given to people who do not need them, and not... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NICE urges hunt for patients with high cholesterol condition
GPs and nurses have been told they must do more to seek out people at risk of an inherited condition that causes exceptionally high cholesterol. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 3, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Scheme published to fast-track access to crucial medicines
Big Pharma boss appointed to lead the new pathway Related items fromOnMedica Pharmaceutical industry regulation undermines NICE drugs appraisal work NICE fast-tracks approval of new skin cancer treatment UK spends 20% less on cancer treatment than rest of EU Pharma trade body rejects appeal for judicial review after High Court ruling The medicine price debate (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Updated NICE guidance on inherited risk of high cholesterol
Medical records should be checked to identify people who may be at risk of common inherited cholesterol disorder familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), NICE says. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK's NICE Gives Roche Drug Green Light for Bladder Cancer UK's NICE Gives Roche Drug Green Light for Bladder Cancer
Britain's healthcare cost-effectiveness agency NICE, which decides if medicines should be used on the state health service, has decided Roche's immunotherapy drug Tecentriq is worth using to treat certain patients with bladder cancer.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 2, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

7 Ways Family Members Re-victimize Sexual Abuse Survivors
Twenty years ago when I first disclosed to my family that I had been sexually abused by my brother as a child, I never would have guessed it would mark the beginning of a long, confusing struggle that would leave me feeling misunderstood, dismissed and even punished for choosing to address my abuse and its effects. The response from my family did not start out this way. Initially, my mother said the words I needed to hear: she believed me, she was pained for both her children, and she was sorry. My brother acknowledged the truth and even apologized. But as I continued to heal and explore the abuse further, my family membe...
Source: Psych Central - November 2, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: MIranda Pacchiana, MSW Tags: Abuse Dreams Family Personal Stories PTSD Self-Esteem Sleep Trauma Child Sex Abuse Denial invalidation Molestation revictimization Sexual Abuse Trauma History Traumatic Childhood Source Type: news

GPs should scour records for familial hypercholesterolaemia risk, says NICE
GPs should systematically examine their records to identify patients who may have familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), according to updated NICE guidance. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.1 Cardiovascular Problems Source Type: news

Inherited high cholesterol should be identified and treated early
NICE updates guidance on familial hypercholesterolaemia Related items fromOnMedica Test all toddlers for inherited high cholesterol, study suggests Cholesterol – monitoring lipid levels and assessing cardiovascular risk Key evidence supporting the lowering of cholesterol Modifying cardiovascular risks and lipid modification Statins benefit children with familial hypercholesterolaemia (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Policy and regulation stand in the way of NHS use of unlicensed eye injection drug with potential to save millions of pounds
Eye injection drugs recommended by NICE cost the NHS up to £ 447 million annually, but could be replaced by an unlicensed drug, bevacizumab, costing as much as ten times less. Use of the two licensed drugs, ranibizumab and aflibercept, has increased three-fold over the last five years, with some parts of England treating five times as many patients as others. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 1, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

UK's NICE gives Roche drug green light for bladder cancer
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's healthcare cost-effectiveness agency NICE, which decides if medicines should be used on the state health service, has decided Roche's immunotherapy drug Tecentriq is worth using to treat certain patients with bladder cancer. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

NICE's first guideline on cystic fibrosis endorses telemedicine
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - November 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

NICE draft guidance approves gene therapy for rare syndrome
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - November 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Take a patient-centred approach to treating cataracts, says NICE
The decision to have cataract surgery should be based on whether the patient thinks surgery is right for them, says NICE in new guidance. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 31, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Make the Diagnosis: Woodland Walk Goes Wrong
(MedPage Today) -- A 28-year-old woman visiting friends in Connecticut went to urgent care with multiple skin lesions on her legs after taking a stroll in the woods the previous morning. She said that first her skin felt like it was burning, then painful erythematous lesions appeared, and then vesicles had formed. They had walked through a field of pretty wildflowers to take photos on the nice sunny day, but otherwise had stayed on the trail. The patient was certain she hadn't come in contact with any poison ivy because she had been on the lookout for it. Can you diagnose the patient? (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - October 30, 2017 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Antibiotics 'not needed' for most sinus infections, says NICE
The majority of people with sinus infections will get better without antibiotics and so do not need to be prescribed them according to new official guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

PHE warns to not prescribe antibiotics for sinusitis
Nice has announced new guidance that stresses most sinus infections will resolve without need for antibiotics, which are becoming ineffective. Public Health England were also on board. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs should not prescribe antibiotics for sinusitis, NICE says
Antibiotics should not be used to treat the majority of sinus infections, NICE has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Massive fall in animal antibiotic use
Ministers says reduction will help combat rising rates of antibiotic resistance Related items fromOnMedica No evidence to back mantra that patients need to complete antibiotic course Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ Antibiotics for women in early labour to combat Group B Strep Antibiotics not recommended for acute otitis, says NICE Dipstick test children ’s urine before prescribing antibiotics (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

People with cystic fibrosis could be monitored through phone or video messaging says NICE
Patients with cystic fibrosis could avoid having to travel to specialist clinics if health professionals could monitor them using phone or video messaging. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE issues first briefing on ulcer prevention dressings
An innovative dressing that helps reduce friction and protect vulnerable areas of skin could be used to prevent pressure ulcers among hospital patients, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fifth of female pensioners physically disabled by 2047
Numbers of disabled older people set to rise significantly Related items fromOnMedica GPs should routinely ask elderly about falls, says NICE Active elderly live independently and avoid social care Confusion in the elderly Fragmented system is failing older people, say experts Poor discharge of elderly people costs NHS £820m (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE approves gene therapy for rare ‘bubble baby syndrome’
Strimvelis, a treatment for an ultra-rare inherited immune deficiency condition that has been dubbed ‘bubble baby syndrome’, has been approved by NICE in draft guidance. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Guardian view on gene therapy: money well spent | Editorial
A rare and fatal disease will be now treated on the NHS. But the real problems come from common and unglamorous complaintsThe NHS is tofund a very expensive treatment for a very rare but terrible childhood disorder that leaves babies condemned to life in a sterile bubble. This is a triumph for medical science but it should also provoke some deep and careful thought. The treatment in question, strimvelis, qualifies as the second most expensive drug ever put on the market (the only one more expensive waswithdrawn due to lack of demand). A single dose costs nearly £500,000 plus VAT, and can only be administere...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Medical research Stem cells Genetics Biology Science NHS Health Society Children UK news Source Type: news

Who bears the cost of NICE public health recommendations? - Hinde S, Wiyani A, Griffin S, Walker S.
BACKGROUND: In the UK, NICE issues guidance on public health initiatives. Failure to report which sectors of the economy are affected by their implementation precludes the appropriate accounting for the full opportunity costs, and has the potential to resu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Gene therapy for 'bubble baby' syndrome approved on NHS
GlaxoSmithKline ’s Strimvelis is the first such treatment to be funded in the UKThe NHS will fund gene therapy for the first time after the UK ’s healthcare cost watchdog approved treatment for the so-called “bubble baby” syndrome, despite a price tag of more than £500,000.The treatment is used against adenosine deaminase deficiency, or ADA-SCID, which disables the immune system and means that children with the illness have to be kept in isolation to avoid infection – hence the “bubble baby” name.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Reuters Tags: NHS The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) Genetics Biology Science GlaxoSmithKline Immunology Medical research UK news Pharmaceuticals industry Society Source Type: news

New support for GPs to fight antimicrobial resistance
13% fall in GP prescribing of antibiotics in past three years Related items fromOnMedica Antibiotics not recommended for acute otitis, says NICE Dipstick test children ’s urine before prescribing antibiotics Tackling antimicrobial resistance Doctors told to halve inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions by 2020 GPs need support to convince public to stop expecting antibiotics (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Britain backs GSK's gene therapy for 'bubble boy' syndrome
(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's gene therapy for the so-called "bubble boy" disease was approved by Britain's healthcare cost watchdog NICE, despite a price tag of almost 600,000 euros ($700,000). (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

NHS ‘on track’ to transform cancer services
Report outlines ‘significant advances’ Related items fromOnMedica Only half of new cancer drugs extend or improve life Cancer rates climb higher for women than men CCGs struggling to meet cancer targets NICE calls on GPs to diagnose cancer sooner Cracks in cancer commissioning due to NHS reforms (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE Guideline on Thyroid Disease
NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has been asked by the Department of Health in England to develop a clinical guideline on thyroid disease for England. This guideline will be used to develop the NICE quality standard for the diagnosis and management of thyroid conditions and the recommendations will be included in the NICE Pathway for thyroid disease. (Source: The British Thyroid Foundation)
Source: The British Thyroid Foundation - October 18, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Featured News Source Type: news

Nice ice, maybe: Study finds water-repelling surfaces ease ice removal
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) A new study has discovered that ice grows differently on water-absorbent vs. water-repellent surfaces. The research suggests that applying water-repellent coatings to windshields before winter storms -- or engineering surfaces that inherently repel water -- could enable a strong breeze to handle the burden of ice removal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 18, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Yeast spotlights genetic variation's link to drug resistance
(Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) Researchers have shown that genetic diversity plays a key role in enabling drug resistance to evolve. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Institute for Research on Cancer and Ageing of Nice in France, show that high genetic diversity can prime new mutations that cause drug resistance. The study published today in Cell Reports has implications for our understanding of the evolution of resistance to antimicrobial and anticancer drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 17, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NHS winter plans centre on more flu jabs and A & E staff
But millions more flu jabs and hundreds more A&E doctors ‘fail to address root causes’ of NHS crisis, BMA warns Related items fromOnMedica Emergency care struggling to guarantee safest care for all high-risk patients GPs in emergency departments may reduce waiting times and admissions Reduced seasonal flu jab doses are safe and effective, suggests study NICE urges wider uptake of flu vaccination Last winter ’s flu vaccination ineffective for over 65s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

We Work. We Live. We Work Out. Eventually We Die.
WeWork wants you to work nice with others and live nice with others. And now, at its new gyms, work out nice with others. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATHERINE ROSMAN Tags: Health Clubs WeLive (WeWork Companies Inc) Exercise Source Type: news

Uncertainty is 'key skill' for successful GP consultations, says NICE chair
GPs should embrace and accept uncertainty in patient consultations, according to NICE chairman Professor David Haslam. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NICE advises on care of people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour
Local authorities and NHS bodies should provide specialist community care for people with learning disabilities who behave in a way that challenges to avoid admissions to psychiatric wards or residential homes, new draft guidance from NICE says. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Seeking Cochrane Systematic Reviewer - Cochrane Airways, London, UK
Salary:£32,548 to £38,883 plus London Allowance of £3,027Type: Fixed TermClosing Date: Monday 23 October 2017Interview Date: Wednesday 01 November 2017We are looking for a full-time systematic reviewer to join Cochrane Airways for three years to undertake a set of reviews about respiratory conditions. The reviews will use diverse methods and will be conducted in conjunction with the editorial team, international authors, the NIHR Complex Review Support Unit and NICE.The successful candidate will be a graduate with experience in and enthusiasm for systematic review. The post-holder will be familiar with re...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

NICE updates guidance on reducing risk of VTE on admission
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published its draft guideline on reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism in patients admitted to hospital or mental health units. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

That sweating, trembling feeling: 10 strategies to cope with your shyness | Sian Prior
Social anxiety can manifest itself mentally and physically. Here are ways you can learn to manage itAccording to British singer-songwriter Morrissey, “shyness is nice”. When it leaves you feeling breathless, voiceless and even friendless, though, it can be anything but nice.Shyness often manifests as social anxiety, and as Morrissey sings in his song Ask Me, it can stop you from doing the things you want to do in your life.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 8, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sian Prior Tags: Anxiety Society Health Mental health Psychology Irritable bowel syndrome Australia news Source Type: news

Pharma trade body rejects appeal for judicial review after High Court ruling
ABPI wanted to challenge NICE on extra negotiation step for expensive drugs Related items fromOnMedica UK pays less than neighbours for cancer drugs The medicine price debate NHS cancer patients still denied treatments available in other countries Study shows huge global variation in cancer drug costs UK patients losing out in access to cancer drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Disabled teenager, 19, dies after ambulance crew blunder  
East of England Ambulance Service paramedics spent 45 minutes treating Victoria Nice but did not take her to hospital despite the fact she had been vomiting and was delirious at times. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ron Chernow Talks Grant, Hamilton and American Legacies
Above the entrance to Grant’s Tomb in New York City, figures representing Peace and Victory frame an inscription. The slogan’s brevity belies the difficulty of the idea: Let us have peace. On a recent afternoon, the biographer Ron Chernow perched on a nearby bench to discuss his latest offering, Grant, a sweeping study of the Civil War general and U.S. President whose body lies within that monument. Gazing up at North America’s largest mausoleum, Chernow recalls that Walt Whitman dubbed Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln the two “towering majestic figures” of the Civil War. “Most livin...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized Books History Source Type: news

EIT Digital Innovation Activity 'ki elements' Showcases its First Prototype: DELTA
The EIT Digital Innovation Activity 'ki elements' showcases its first prototype called DELTA in Nice at the Institut Claude Pompidou on Innovation Alzheimer Open Day. In the beginning of 2017, EIT Digital launched ELEMENT, a new Innovation Activity to facilitate faster, earlier diagnosis and intervention for cognitive decline. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 5, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

The Witcher 3 Just Got Full PlayStation 4 Pro Support
If you’ve been biding your time, waiting to see what The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt might look like on a PlayStation 4 Pro with even higher fidelity visuals, the official patch just dropped, adding performance improvements and 4K-ish support. By “4K-ish” I mean it doesn’t appear to be native 3840-by-2160 pixels. No surprise there — almost nothing runs at native 4K on the PS4 Pro, settling for sub-4K resolutions that look nearly as nice. In The Witcher 3‘s case, I’d wager 1800p (3200-by-1800 pixels), a common compromise resolution using a special rendering technique too complicated to go ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matt Peckham Tags: Uncategorized onetime playstation 4 pro the witcher 3 Video Games Source Type: news

NICE recommends 'messy' eating for underweight children
Health visitors should encourage parents of underweight young children to be relaxed about “messy” eating, according to new guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence about how to support children who are growing too slowly. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 2, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Flu and vaccine expert appointed new deputy chief medical officer
Prof Jonathan Van-Tam was a senior advisor during the influenza pandemic of 2010 Related items fromOnMedica Vaccines do work for pandemic flu 75% target for NHS staff to get flu jab next winter Reduced seasonal flu jab doses are safe and effective, suggests study NICE urges wider uptake of flu vaccination Last winter ’s flu vaccination ineffective for over 65s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE recommends use of Janssen ’s Imbruvica for Waldenstr ö m ’s macroglobulinaemia
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK has recommended the use of Janssen Pharmaceutical ’s Imbruvica (ibrutinib) on the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) to treat adults with a type of   non-Hodgkin lymphoma called Waldenstr ö m ’s m… (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - October 2, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nine Tips for Making a Good Impression with Your Patient
Making a good first impression is essential to establishing positive rapport with your patient. Within the first few seconds of that encounter, most patients will make a value judgment about whether they like you and whether they think you're competent to care for them. You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression! Studies show that people, including patients, are most likely to remember the beginning and the end of an encounter. This is called the "serial positioning effect." That's why, in addition to a positive first impression, a positive ending encounter with the patient is also very i...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen R. Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Nine Tips for Making a Good Impression with Your Patient
Making a good first impression is essential to establishing positive rapport with your patient. Within the first few seconds of that encounter, most patients will make a value judgment about whether they like you and whether they think you're competent to care for them. You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression! Studies show that people, including patients, are most likely to remember the beginning and the end of an encounter. This is called the "serial positioning effect." That's why, in addition to a positive first impression, a positive ending encounter with the patient is also very i...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen R. Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Nine Tips for Making a Good Impression with Your Patient
Making a good first impression is essential to establishing positive rapport with your patient. Within the first few seconds of that encounter, most patients will make a value judgment about whether they like you and whether they think you're competent to care for them. You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression! Studies show that people, including patients, are most likely to remember the beginning and the end of an encounter. This is called the "serial positioning effect." That's why, in addition to a positive first impression, a positive ending encounter with the patient is also very i...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen R. Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news