Thyroid hormones should not be routinely offered to adults with a mildly underactive thyroid gland – known as subclinical hypothyroidism – a panel of international experts has warned.
The sharing of key health service data on the use of antibiotics is “disappointingly” low with frontline nurses and other staff, a progress report on antimicrobial stewardship in England has warned.
Carrying extra weight could raise the risk of a heart attack by more than a quarter, even if patients appear are otherwise healthy, according to UK researchers.
A large study of 3.5 million people has found that apparently “healthy” obese people are still at higher risk of cardiovascular disease events than the general population.
Urate-lowering drugs should be offered to all gout patients early in the course of their disease rather than waiting for them to develop disabling symptoms, according to updated clinical guidance.
Unseen stool blood is linked to a heightened risk of death from all causes, as well as from bowel cancer, according to Scottish researchers.
Patients who hear “grating, cracking, or popping sounds” in or around their knee joint may be at increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, according to researchers.
There is an anticoagulant “treatment gap” in patients with the form of atrial fibrillation (AF) that comes and goes, according to UK researchers.
Nurses are divided over whether emergency departments should be able to turn patients away, in the face of rising numbers of attendances and “winter pressures” now extending across the entire year.
Prompt access to sexual health clinics, especially for those with urgent symptoms, has got worse in recent years, according to a major new study of services across the UK.