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Does timing of statin intake matter?

Cochrane review of chronotherapy vs conventional treatment with statins.

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Acid suppressants may raise intestine risk

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Can cardiac troponin response predict CHD risk related to statin?

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Heavy menstrual bleeding: what works best in the long term?

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Mouthwash may reduce gonorrhoea

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How much vitamin D is beneficial for the elderly? | UK study

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Clinic-only BP measurement often misclassifies hypertension status

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Melanoma self exams show promise

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Doctor's near-death experience inspires campaign to improve doctors' patient communication skills

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Hospitals braced for cold weather ‘spike’

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Review raises concerns over locum doctors

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Hospitals declare ‘black alert’ due to overcrowding

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Former GMC chief to lead NHS Confederation

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Plans for seven-day GPs ‘in disarray’

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NHS warning from leading doctors and nurses

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Antidepressants double the risk of hip fracture in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
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Antidepressants double the risk of hip fracture in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

The increased fracture risk seen with antidepressant use in older people appears to be even greater in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Uni drive doubles meningitis vaccine rate
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Uni drive doubles meningitis vaccine rate

A campaign asking freshers arriving at university whether they had been vaccinated against meningitis and offering free vaccination to unvaccinated students...

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Aspirin for frequent tension headache queried
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Aspirin for frequent tension headache queried

Evidence of aspirin’s efficacy for relieving acute pain in people with frequent episodic tension-type headache is limited, a Cochrane review of randomised...

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Epilepsy: new guidelines on pre-surgical  fMRI
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Epilepsy: new guidelines on pre-surgical fMRI

The American Academy of Neurology recommendations say patients should be informed of the risks and benefits of fMRI vs intracarotid amobarbital procedure.

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Fresh Brexit concerns for European doctors
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Fresh Brexit concerns for European doctors

Organisations representing doctors have warned Brexit must not be permitted to threaten Europe’s health.

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Decline in late hepatitis notification and HBV/HCV related liver complications
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Decline in late hepatitis notification and HBV/HCV related liver complications

Despite these decline efforts required to enhance hepatitis screening, particularly for HBV

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Statins cut VTE risk

Lancet review of statins for primary prevention of VTE.

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UK mental health services reduces the risk for clinical depression in adolescent

7-fold drop in risk for depression was seen in a 3-y span.

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Carbonated drinks in the UK loaded with alarming amounts of sugar
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Carbonated drinks in the UK loaded with alarming amounts of sugar

Consumption of fizzy drinks substantially increases intake of free sugars.

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TMAO levels are prognostic marker for incidence of cardiovascular events
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TMAO levels are prognostic marker for incidence of cardiovascular events

The findings may help in risk stratification among patients presenting with suspected ACS.

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EU Geriatric Medicine Society issues new consensus statement
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EU Geriatric Medicine Society issues new consensus statement

The EUGMS calls for improved knowledge about the management of bone fragility and falls in primary and community care.

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Antidepressants effective over the long-term

Previous meta-analyses combined trials with durations ranging from 6 to 12 wk, whereas the current work compared efficacy at different periods.

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Diabetes admissions rise in poor areas
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Diabetes admissions rise in poor areas

Deaths due to diabetes have decreased but emergency hospital admissions related to the condition have increased more quickly in deprived areas of England...

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Dementia: Monthly Essentials January 2017
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Dementia: Monthly Essentials January 2017

3 meta-analyses: Benzodiazepines and Dementia | Albuminuria and Dementia | Antidepressants and Dementia

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