Articles: 25.18 19 September 2014

Anaphylaxis: clinical features and GP’s role in management

Anaphylaxis can be fatal if not treated promptly and it is important to identify likely triggers and educate patients on the proper use of adrenaline autoinjector. Here, the authors outline the clinical features, acute and long-term treatment and the GP’s role in management.
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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
Angiotensin converting enzyme ACE inhibitors versus angio­tensin …

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Available management options for heavy menstrual bleeding

Heavy menstrual loss is among the commonest gynaecological problems, and is defined as greater than 80ml of blood loss each period; however, this is rarely measured in clinical practice. The descriptions of the quantity of monthly blood loss is subjective and precise quantifying of blood …

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GP perceptions of medicines optimisation principles

The authors discuss the differences between medicines optimisation and medicines management and present the results of a survey that canvassed GP understanding of the medicines optimisation approach.
GP perceptions of medicines optimisation principles

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Hypertension treatment – why aren’t we doing better?

Blood pressure lowering strategies are still failing to bring adequate control to a majority of patients with hypertension in the UK. Between 1994 and 2011, Health Surveys for England have shown the prevalence of hypertension has remained stable at 32 per cent, with progressive improvements …

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New from NICE

NICE recommends dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) as an option for treating adults with active RRMS provided they do not have highly active or rapidly evolving severe disease, as long as the manufacturer adheres to the agreed confidential patient access scheme.
New from NICE

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Prescribing volume and costs for primary care in 2013

Steve Chaplin analyses the statistics for prescribing in primary care in 2013, which reveal a period of slow growth in volume with a slower fall in costs.
Prescribing volume and costs for primary care in 2013

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