Articles: 29.11 November 2018

Breathing new life into disease management

In this editorial, Rupert Payne, Consultant Editor for Prescriber, discusses some of the issues surrounding the diagnosis and management of asthma. 

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Assessment, management and support of people with dementia

For the first time in 12 years, NICE has updated its guideline on the care of people living with dementia. This article summarises the key recommendations of the new guidance and how it differs from the 2006 document

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Prevalence, identification and harms of alcohol use disorders

In the first of a two-part series on the management of alcohol use disorders (AUDs), this article discusses the prevalence of AUDs, the harms associated with alcohol misuse and how to identify and assess patients in the primary care setting

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Tackling the growing problem of antifungal resistance

Until relatively recently, resistance to antifungal drugs has gone largely unreported in mainstream media, unlike the extensive coverage of resistance to antibiotics. However, we are now being warned that the consequences of antifungal resistance for human health, as well as our food supplies, could be serious unless action is taken. Here, we look at the extent of the problem and what is being done to combat it

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The Lancet Asthma Commission: treating children in primary care

The Asthma Commission, published in The Lancet in September 2017, challenged current principles and called for a new approach to the diagnosis and treatment of asthma. Here, two of the Commission’s authors discuss what primary care needs to know about their recommendations on the management of children with asthma

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Views on NHS England’s guidance on OTC prescribing

In March 2018, NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners published guidance on conditions for which over-the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. This article examines some of the feedback received during the consultation process and how the final guidance has been refined

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Introducing HPV vaccination for boys in the UK

In July 2018, the government announced that boys as well as girls will be offered the HPV vaccination, in response to a new recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. This article discusses the background to the decision, its implications and the likely rollout

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