Reduction in mortality rates for heart failure

An independent study by the National Heart Failure Audit shows that hundreds more people are now surviving heart failure in the UK.
The audit is the largest of its kind ever compiled and is based on 66 995 hospital admissions for heart failure in England and …

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10-point action plan for general practice nursing

NHS England has launched a 10-point action plan to increase recruitment into general practice nursing and to develop the role that nurses working in primary care have. The plan forms the nursing element of the General Practice Forward View, published in April 2016, which pledged …

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NICE approves eluxadoline for IBS with diarrhoea

In a final appraisal determination, NICE has recommended eluxadoline (Truberzi) for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D) in adults. The treatment is recommended for routine funding on the NHS only if the condition has not responded to other pharmacological treatments (eg antimotility …

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CHMP recommends dupilumab for eczema in adults

The European Medicine Agency’s (EMA’s) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended a marketing authorisation for dupilumab (Dupixent) for the treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy.
Dupilumab is a recombinant human monoclonal antibody …

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A third of dementia cases preventable, says report

According to an international report recently published in The Lancet, a third of cases of dementia could be delayed or prevented through making certain lifestyle changes in early, mid and later life.
The report, from a panel of experts worldwide led by Professor Gill Livingston of …

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Health Education England reveals mental health workforce plan

Health Education England (HEE) has announced its strategy to increase access to mental health services for one million extra people by 2021, including 70,000 more children and young people. The increase forms part of a comprehensive workforce plan Stepping Forward to 2020/21: The Mental Health …

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NICE plans series of guidelines on managing common infections

NICE has planned a new series of 30 antimicrobial prescribing guidelines covering the management of common infections. The principal aim is to stem the tide of increasing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by preventing the unnecessary use of antibiotics. The guidelines, which are primarily aimed at prescribers, …

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NHS England publishes plan to reduce wasteful prescribing

NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners have now published detailed plans to cut prescriptions for what they describe as “ineffective, overpriced and low-value treatments”. These changes could potentially save the NHS over £190 million per annum, they say.
A formal public consultation document has been published …

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EC approves brodalumab for plaque psoriasis

The EC has granted marketing authorisation for brodalumab (Kyntheum) for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for systemic therapy, following a positive opinion from the EMA’s CHMP.
Brodalumab is a monoclonal antibody that selectively inhibits IL-17 receptor subunit A …

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NICE recommends reslizumab for severe eosinophilic asthma

In a final appraisal determination, NICE has recommended reslizumab (Cinqaero) as an add-on therapy for the treatment of adult patients with severe eosinophilic asthma that is inadequately controlled despite maintenance therapy with high-dose inhaled corticosteroids plus another drug.
NICE recommends routine NHS funding only if …

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