Articles: 24.18 19 September 2013

Current approaches to the management of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is the second leading infectious cause of death worldwide and cases are increasing in the UK. Here, the authors consider the patho genesis and recommended management of TB.
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How to identify same-name patients to improve safety

It is important to have warnings in place for patients with the same or similar names in order to improve prescribing safety. Here, the author describes a method for identifying patients with the same name and generating a warning for when their record is accessed.
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Latest European guidelines for the treatment of hypertension

New joint guidelines were issued in June 2013 by the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) working together for the first time. While similar in many respects to the 2011 joint British Hypertension Society (BHS)/NICE guidance, they differ in …

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Oral contraception: properties and side-effects of COCs and POPs

For the majority of women the Pill is a safe and effective contraceptive, but users should be counselled about potential side-effects and the importance of adherence. Our Drug review considers the properties of both combined and progestogen-only pills, followed by sources of further information and …

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Racecadotril: new acute diarrhoea treatment for adults and children

Racecadotril (Hidrasec) is a new class of drug for the treatment of acute diarrhoea. In our New products review, Steve Chaplin presents the clinical data relating to its efficacy and adverse events, and Drs Al-Hilou, Patel and Wilkinson discuss its place in therapy.
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Latest reviews from Cochrane

In this section we present an abstract of a review relevant to prescribing in general practice from the latest issue of The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. To view the article in full or for further information, visit www.thecochranelibrary.com
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Sustained modest reduction in salt intake: reduced BP, no adverse effect on lipids or hormones

A modest reduction of salt intake over time leads to lower blood pressure (BP) in both hypertensive and normotensive people without adversely affecting lipid or hormone levels. A greater reduction in salt intake results in a greater reduction in systolic BP.
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