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Men’s health – a suitable case for treatment
Getting men to engage with primary care services is a perennial problem. Despite having a lower life expectancy than women, most are more reluctant to seek healthcare. These were the issues discussed at the recent Men’s Health Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine, where speakers and delegates grappled with the thorny issue of how to get the male population to take proper care of itself.
Rob Munro

The continuing challenges of improving men’s health
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Cardiovascular disease, liver disease and colon cancer were among the areas discussed during the latest Men’s Health Conference held at the Royal Society of Medicine in June.
Felix David

Prescribe: an e-learning initiative to improve prescribing
Ensuring that patients receive the right medicines at the appropriate dosages is a complex skill, with potentially serious consequences if mistakes are made. Prescribe is a recently launched online education programme designed to increase prescribing competency among medical students, new doctors and other prescribing professionals.
Angela Dowden

Managing diabetes in the presence of renal impairment
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Chronic kidney disease is common in patients with diabetes and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. This article discusses the challenges of maintaining good glycaemic control and addressing modifiable risk factors in patients with diabetes and renal impairment.
Emily Goodchild, Tahseen Chowdhury

Bringing personalised medicine to mainstream practice
Personalised medicine has the potential to optimise drug efficacy and patient outcomes as well as save the NHS billions. Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed talks to Kate Stewart about his groundbreaking work in this field.
Kate Stewart

Oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in nonvalvular AF
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Warfarin and direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been shown to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, yet many patients are still not being anticoagulated. This article discusses the barriers to the initiation of oral anticoagulants, in particular DOACs, and how these can be overcome.
Kristina Medlinskiene, DuncanPetty

Dalbavancin: a new IV antibiotic for skin infections
Dalbavancin (Xydalba) is a new intravenous antibiotic for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) in adults. This article discusses its properties, efficacy and adverse effects.
Steve Chaplin

Please don’t cough in my coffee
Being at the receiving end of patients’ coughs and splutters is one of the downsides of general practice – in fact, it was enough to drive Dr Delvin to retirement.
David Delvin

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