Articles: 24.11 5 June 2013

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
Alginate dressings for venous leg ulcers

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Apixaban: new anticoagulant for stroke prevention

Apixaban is a new oral anticoagulant licensed for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism. In our New products review, Steve Chaplin presents the clinical data relating to its efficacy and adverse events compared with warfarin and aspirin, and hospital specialists discuss its place in …

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Bipolar disorder – diagnosis and current treatment options

Bipolar disorder is a complex condition characterised by both manic and depressive episodes. Here the authors discuss the challenges faced in both diagnosis and treatment.
Bipolar disorder diagnosis and current treatment options

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Diabetes requiring insulin – recent developments in management

Choice of insulin in the treatment of diabetes should be based on patient preference, lifestyle, blood glucose profile and risk of hypoglycaemia. Our Drug review focusses on key points and recent advances in the management of diabetes requiring insulin, followed by sources of further information …

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Medicines and prescribing support online from NICE

In order to keep up to date prescribers need quick and easy access to the latest evidence-based information. The MPC at NICE has been developing online medicines and prescribing information services to meet this need.
Medicines and prescribing support online from NICE

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New from NICE

NICE defines social anxiety disorder as ‘persistent fear of or anxiety about one or more social or performance situations that is out of proportion to the actual threat posed by the situation’.
New from NICE

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NOS guidance on vitamin D and bone health – clarity at last?

The role that vitamin D plays in skeletal health, the importance of vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for bone disease and the potential benefit of vitamin D supplementation in terms of reducing fracture risk are areas that have been under much scrutiny in …

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Placebo almost as effective as nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics in adults

The nonbenzodiazepine sleep medicines — eszopiclone (not available in UK), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem — allow people to fall asleep faster, though not strikingly faster, than placebo.
Placebo almost as effective as nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics in adults

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Rapid-onset opioids and the management of episodic pain

This is the fourth in a short series of articles that focus on what GPs should consider when monitoring and prescribing specialist-initiated palliative-care medicines. Here, the authors summarise the key issues around the use of rapidonset opioids in palliative care.
Rapid onset opioids and the management …

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