A drug hailed as a “step change” in the treatment of chronic eczema has initially failed to win approval from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence due to concerns about cost.
The controversial epilepsy drug sodium valproate must no longer be used in any woman or girl able to have children unless she has a pregnancy prevention programme in place, under new rules.
Overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients with lower back pain are not receiving the right care, according to researchers.
Short-term increases in inhaled steroids do not provide the benefits that are generally expected during the early stages of an attack, according to US researchers.
Patients with both depression and pre-diabetes are at higher risk of developing dementia in later life, compared to those with neither condition, according to UK researchers.
Hand grip strength could be used as a simple measure of heart health, according to UK researchers, who have found that a weak grip can be linked with changes in the heart’s structure and function.
More than a half of patients presenting in primary care now have two or more long-term conditions, which may lead longer consultations with practice nurses and GPs, a new study has indicated.
GPs are set to be the latest group of employers to appoint whistleblowing guardians due to a funding boost by NHS England to expand the speaking up programme.
Patients with cardiovascular risk factors are more likely to also experience urgency urinary incontinence (UUI), according to UK researchers.
A one-off test for prostate cancer on offer at GP surgeries is a “blunt tool” that does not save lives but can cause unnecessary fear and harm, according to findings from a major long-term trial.