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NICE responds to article on patient organisations declaring financial interests

Vie, 15/02/2019 - 17:51
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence welcomes this important comment on our approach to managing declarations of interest.1 It is very important to us that the arrangements we have...

Primary care networks: five minutes with . . . Sohail Munshi

Vie, 15/02/2019 - 17:21
“In Manchester we’re probably a little bit ahead of the descriptions around primary care networks than what appears in the long term plan. We have 12 integrated neighbourhood teams and, like other...

Sixty seconds on . . . waiting times

Vie, 15/02/2019 - 17:10
It’s winter, so where’s the winter meltdown?This year the traditional lament has fallen silent. There’s even been some positive mood music from NHS England, claiming in its weekly reports that the...

Medical cannabis: no NHS patients have benefited from law change, say campaigners

Vie, 15/02/2019 - 16:30
Very few UK patients have gained access to previously illegal cannabis based medicinal products since doctors were given permission to prescribe them in November 2018, and patients are...

Johnson and Johnson will be first US pharma company to reveal a drug’s price in TV advertisement

Vie, 15/02/2019 - 12:50
Johnson and Johnson will give pricing information for its most prescribed drug, the anticoagulant rivaroxaban (Xarelto) in direct-to-consumer US television ads starting in March, the company has...

GP at Hand is given go ahead to expand to Birmingham

Vie, 15/02/2019 - 12:10
Babylon’s GP at Hand service has been given the green light to expand outside its west London base to Birmingham after a U turn by NHS England.GP at Hand had previously been blocked from...

The prominence of e-cigarettes is a symptom of decades of failure to tackle smoking properly

Jue, 14/02/2019 - 22:06
The annual Public Health England SmokeFree Health Harms campaign, now in its seventh year, focuses on the toxins present in cigarette smoke and their harmful effects on the body. A novel feature this...


Jue, 14/02/2019 - 16:20
Cuts to pension tax relief deepen retention crisis for senior doctorsThe details on tapering in this Feature article by Stephen Armstrong (BMJ 2019;364:l206, doi:10.1136/bmj.l206, 17 Jan 2019) were...

FDA considers regulatory action as vaping among US teens jumps 78% in a year

Jue, 14/02/2019 - 16:01
Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, has said that his agency’s plan to wean US adults off combustible tobacco is threatened by an “exploding epidemic” of vaping among...

Royal college stops taking funding from formula milk firms

Jue, 14/02/2019 - 15:51
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has announced that it has stopped accepting funding from companies that make formula milk.1The college said that it received in the region of £40 000...

Women in gastroenterology: five minutes with . . . Helen Fidler

Jue, 14/02/2019 - 10:31
“There are about 1500 gastroenterology consultants in the UK but only 21% are women, so it’s important that we support the rising demographic of female gastroenterologists.“I joined the supporting...

Clarification of News Feature “Has Cochrane lost its way?”

Mié, 13/02/2019 - 18:01
Tovey claims that the statement in my piece that Cochrane guidance “still allows reviewers to review their own studies” is an “error” and that Cochrane guidance does not allow this.12 He says,...

Royal college is under fire for “GP bashing” at conference

Mié, 13/02/2019 - 17:25
GPs have criticised the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) after a medical student revealed that a speaker at one of its events had denigrated general practice.On 9 February...

David Tovey replies to Melanie Newman and The BMJ

Mié, 13/02/2019 - 16:11
Newman asks whether Cochrane has “lost its way” given recent ructions arising from the governing board’s decision to remove membership status from Peter Gøtzsche.1 On the contrary, by all objective...

Finalists are announced for 11th BMJ Awards

Mié, 13/02/2019 - 13:55
The hunt to find the best medical innovators and leaders of 2018 is nearly over, with this week’s announcement of the 78 teams shortlisted for the 11th BMJ Awards.This year’s awards attracted 291...

Sing a song of lung health—beyond the UK

Mié, 13/02/2019 - 13:50
It was a pleasure to read about the biopsychosocial benefits of group singing for people with chronic lung disease.1 The article reflects on how the author, and perhaps medical professionals more...

Graham Kramer: Making health literacy easy

Mié, 13/02/2019 - 12:26
bmj;364/feb13_10/l539/FAF1faDuncan SmithBiographyGraham Kramer, 57, worked for 23 years as a partner in Montrose and is now a freelance GP in Edinburgh. In 2014, as the Scottish government’s clinical...

How do I select the right clinical teaching fellowship?

Mié, 13/02/2019 - 11:00
Avoid posts without a clear structurePhil Walmsley, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, NHS Fife, says, “Clinical teaching is exceptionally rewarding, and the opportunity to take up a post that allows...

More doctors need to train as expert witnesses, says MPS

Mar, 12/02/2019 - 01:21
NHS employers should make it easier for doctors to be relieved of clinical duties to act as expert witnesses in court and at medical practitioners tribunal hearings, a leading doctors’ defence body...

Hormone replacement therapy: changes in prescribing practice

Lun, 11/02/2019 - 16:51
Vinogradova and colleagues’ study is a welcome addition to the literature on the association between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and risk of venous thromboembolism.1 The results are broadly in...

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