Articles: 24.17 5 September 2013

Are ARBs now first-line therapy for hypertension?

Now that generic ARBs are available and ACE inhibitors have consequently lost their cost advantage, Professor McInnes makes the case for starting antihypertensive treatment with an ARB.
Are ARBs now first line therapy for hypertension

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Diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease

An accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease warrants symptomatic treatment with an acetyl cholinesterase inhibitor or, in more severe disease, memantine. Here, the authors discuss the properties of the available treatment options.
Diagnosis and management of Alzheimers disease

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Insulin degludec (Tresiba): new ultra long-acting basal insulin

Insulin degludec is a new long-acting insulin for use in type 1 and 2 diabetes. In our New products review, Steve Chaplin presents the clinical data relating to its efficacy and adverse events, and Dr Frank Joseph discusses its place in diabetes treatment compared with …

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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
Intermittent drug techniques for schizophrenia

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New from NICE

Technology appraisal. Aripiprazole for treating moderate to severe manic episodes in adolescents with bipolar I disorder. TA292.
New from NICE

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New traffic light system guides evaluation of febrile children

Preschool children suffer frequent episodes of feverish illness leading to more primary-care consultations than for any other age group. In the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) over two-thirds (68–74 per cent) of children under the age of five years had experienced symptoms …

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Nonadherence to medicines: the scale of the problem

This is the first in a series of articles on how adherence with prescribed medications can be improved and the cost of wasted medicines reduced. Here, Professor Rachel Elliott provides an overview of the scale of the problem and the clinical and economic consequences.
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Painful, swollen, itchy hands

A 30-year-old lady who had always suffered with dry skin had started a new job as an intensive care nurse two months ago. During this time she would wash her hands over 20 times per day.
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Pharma deals for CCGs: too hard to ignore?

GPs working in CCGs now have a role in managing the entry of drugs into their local formularies. The author describes the various schemes offered by manufacturers that allow CCGs to make savings when their products are purchased.
Pharma deals for CCGs too hard to ignore

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Same benefit with equivalent chlortalidone and hydrochlorothiazide

In this retrospective analysis, chlortalidone and hydrochlorothiazide produced the same clinical outcomes in older adults.
Same benefit with equivalent chlortalidone and hydrochlorothiazide

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