Articles: 27.02 February 2016

Asthma in children: current thinking and future directions (full article)

Asthma in childhood is common, with the UK having one of the highest prevalence rates in the world. This article describes the current stepwise management of asthma in children, outlines some of the steps being taken to tackle persistently poor asthma control and discusses new …

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Confronting the growing problem of antibiotic resistance

With antibiotic-resistant infections continuing to rise and few new antibiotics in the development pipeline, tackling the issue of antibiotic overuse is crucial. Shilpa Jethwa outlines some of the recent strategies and campaigns directed at health professionals and the public to help curb antibiotic overprescribing in …

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Diagnosis and effective management of atrial fibrillation (full article)

Atrial fibrillation is a common finding with major health implications, especially in elderly patients. Dr Ann Robinson discusses new thinking on the management of atrial fibrillation and explains how prompt treatment can prevent strokes.

Figure 1 For suspected paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, ambulatory ECG monitoring will …

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Management of ADHD in children and adolescents

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterised by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that is often diagnosed in early childhood and can interfere with school life and social functioning. This article discusses the assessment of children and adolescents with suspected ADHD, common co-morbidities and …

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Models of organisational and cross-sector working

As part of our series of articles highlighting the recommendations made in the NICE guideline on Medicines Optimisation, this month we discuss the section of the guidance concerning medicinesrelated models of organisational and crosssector working.
Models of organisational and cross-sector working

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New developments in preventing and managing hypertension

Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease yet it is still underdiagnosed and undertreated in the UK. This article outlines some recent initiatives that aim to improve the prevention, detection and management of hypertension now and in the future.
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New guidance on prevention and management of tuberculosis

In January, NICE published a new guideline on the prevention, identification and management of latent and active tuberculosis. This article outlines the views of some of those involved in the development of the guideline as well as leading clinicians and patients about what the updated …

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Statins in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (full article)

Since their launch in the late 1980s, statins have become the most prescribed drugs worldwide. However, the 2014 NICE guidance extending their use to lower-risk patients triggered controversy over their side-effects and alleged overprescribing. This article gathers the views of clinicians and opinion leaders on …

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