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National academy to boost social prescribing
A NEW organisation is being set up to promote social prescribing in England and will be headed by outgoing RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.
Mental health scheme for doctors and dentists extended
A SCHEME providing 24/7 mental health support to NHS doctors and dentists has been rolled out across England.
Rise in antidepressant use in over-65s
A RECENT study has revealed a significant increase in antidepressant use over two decades in people aged 65 and older.
NHS whistleblower support scheme extended
A SCHEME to provide NHS whistleblowers with practical support is to be rolled out across England following successful pilots.
Deprivation link in addiction to prescription medicines
DEPENDENCE on prescription medicines is higher in areas of deprivation, according to a new review published by Public Health England.
E-cigarette use continues to rise in UK
VAPING has risen by 12.5 per cent with now 3.6 million users in the UK (7.1 per cent of the population) compared to 7.2 million smokers, according to statistics published by Action on Smoking and Health.
GMC supports specialist status for GPs
THE GMC has given its support to calls from the Royal College of General Practitioners and the BMA for GPs to be recognised as specialists.
Guidance on reflective practice for medical students
NEW guidance to support medical students in developing skills as reflective practitioners has been published by GMC and the Medical Schools Council (MSC).
UK cancer survival improves but lags in international comparison
CANCER survival rates have improved but the UK still lags behind other high-income countries, according to a study published in Lancet Oncology.
HRT still a matter of balancing risk
A NEW Lancet study showing a small increased risk of breast cancer with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is in keeping with existing NICE guidance on the treatment of menopausal symptoms, according to both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Menopause Society.