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Assessment and treatment of uterine fibroids
Fibroids are common benign uterine smooth muscle tumours that may occur singly or multiply and vary greatly in size. This article discusses their assessment, the treatment options available and the impact on reproductive health.
SANGEETA AGNIHOTRI

CQC and BMA set out their positions on GP inspection
Since it was first established, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been the subject of much criticism, culminating in the BMA’s survey of GP practices earlier this year, which demonstrated the extent of the dissent among GPs regarding CQC inspections. This article presents the arguments from both camps.
JOY OGDEN

Introducing more openness in commercial relationships
As the NHS and the ABPI introduce measures to improve transparency in drug development, Prescriber reports from the recent Guardian debate in London examining this thorny issue.
ROBERTA ELLISON

Modern management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis
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Many children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) experience delays in diagnosis, but evidence suggests that treating early and aggressively leads to better long-term outcomes. This article discusses the recommended treatment options, including both traditional therapies and the newer biological agents.
REBECCA A JAMES AND LUCY R WEDDERBURN

New from NICE
Controlled drugs present clinicians with two broad challenges. First, there is the legal obligation to meet the somewhat complicated requirements for ordering, storage, supply and disposal.

Nurse prescribing – a valuable asset
Nurses in the UK have some of the widest prescribing powers among the profession worldwide, with nearly 74,000 prescribers on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.
ROB MUNRO

Offering advice on immunisations to UK patients travelling abroad
How much do you know about appropriate vaccinations for UK patients planning a foreign trip, and where do you go for advice? This article provides some helpful pointers on this complex area.
JOY OGDEN

Research consortium offers new hope for Parkinson’s disease
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Until recently, research progress in the field of Parkinson’s disease has been slow compared with other therapeutic areas. However, a new consortium of pharmaceutical companies, academic researchers and charities – the Critical Path for Parkinson’s Consortium – is helping to accelerate the development of new treatments to slow disease progression.
DANNY BUCKLAND

Role of albiglutide in the treatment of type 2 diabetes
Albiglutide (Eperzan) is a GLP-1 agonist licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults to improve glycaemic control. This article discusses its indications, efficacy and adverse effects.
STEVE CHAPLIN

The expanding role of nurse prescribers
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Since the first legislation back in the 1980s, UK nurses have earned increasing powers to prescribe. This article discusses the scope and limitations of nurses’ prescribing role now and in the future.
ANGELA DOWDEN

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