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Higher death risk for patients who miss GP appointments
PATIENTS with long-term health conditions who miss GP appointments are at greater risk of premature death, according to new research.
Alzheimer’s link shows oral health not “optional extra”
A KEY pathogen in gum disease has been identified in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients and has been implicated in the development of the condition.
Government launches action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance
A NEW government plan aims to cut drug-resistant microbial infections by 10 per cent before 2025.
“Fake news” impacting vaccination rates
AROUND 50 per cent of parents with children under age five are exposed to negative messages on social media about the use of vaccines, according to research commissioned by the Royal Society for Public Health.
High antibiotic prescribing correlated to general prescribing
GP practices prescribing high levels of antibiotics tend also to prescribe more medicines in general, according to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice.
Pledge to shake up GP IT
OUTDATED and frustrating IT systems in GP practices in England will be replaced with modern technology as part of widespread changes announced by the health and social care secretary.
Clinical trial for cancer breath test
A CLINICAL trial has begun on a breath test to detect certain cancers at an early stage.
Missed GP appointments cost £216m per year
DNAs (did not attends) account for over 15 million general practice appointments each year in England.
Desktop guide to medicinal cannabis
Practical advice on the availability and use of medicinal cannabis has been published by the RCGP.
NHS staff struggle with volume of safety guidance
A REPORT looking at 'never events' in 18 hospital trusts in England found that staff struggle to cope with large volumes of safety guidance, with little time and space to implement guidance effectively.