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“Disease mongering” burdens global healthcare
EXPANDING definitions of disease are leading to over diagnosis and unnecessary treatment and pose a major threat to human health and the sustainability of health systems, according to a paper published in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.
Post-surgical deaths in Scotland fall by a third
DEATHS following surgery have been reduced by more than a third in Scotland since the implementation of a safety checklist as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.
Involve dentists in wider disease prevention
DENTISTS could play a much wider role in detecting health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, says the Faculty of Dental Surgery.
Unprofessional behaviour targeted in pilot scheme
A PILOT programme has been launched to help doctors tackle unprofessional behaviour which threatens patient safety.
Antidepressant prescribing continues to rise
PRESCRIPTIONS for antidepressants in England rose by 5 per cent in 2018, according to new figures published by NHS Digital.
Poor waiting time performance risks increased negligence claims
DECLINING waiting time performance in England for both elective and cancer treatment could lead to increasing future negligence claims, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
TB rates at record low in England
NEW cases of tuberculosis (TB) in England have fallen to the lowest levels since records began in 1960, according to new data published by Public Health England (PHE).
Caution urged in fluoroquinolone antibiotic prescribing
REPORTS of rare disabling and potentially irreversible adverse reactions associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics have prompted the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to issue an alert.
Call for action on postcode lottery of child dental decay
GOVERNMENT is being urged to tackle deep-seated oral health inequalities which have left young children in deprived parts of England more than five times more likely to face hospital dental extractions than the national average.
UK bottom of the list in oral health education
THE UK has been ranked at the bottom of a global league table according to how well schools educate children about their oral health.