Articles: 27.08 August 2016

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Assessment and management of viral croup in children

Croup is an acute respiratory illness that commonly affects preschool children. Although severe episodes requiring hospital admission occur in around 5 per cent of cases, the majority of children have a mild, self-limiting illness, which can be safely managed at home. This article discusses the …

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Ensuring NICE’s strategy is fit for the future

Professor David Haslam CBE has been chairman of NICE since 2013. A GP in Cambridgeshire for many years, Haslam’s gilded professional life has also included a stint as president of the BMA (2011–12), and as president (2006–9) and chairman (2001–4) of the RCGP. He talks …

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Use of direct oral anticoagulants in thromboembolic disease

Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) offer several advantages over warfarin in the management of thromboembolic disease. This article discusses their indications, mode of action, side-effects and interactions.
Thrombotic disease is the most common cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It encompasses several clinical conditions including ischaemic heart …

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