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General practice is not to blame for ED crisis

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CQC suspends routine inspections in response to winter pressures

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NHS to save £136m by ‘curbing’ prescription costs

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Adopt new clinical assessment system, urges NHS

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GMC: medical profession at breaking point

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NHS to track winter illness patterns

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New in Thoracic Medicine

  • Clinical Essentials from Ann Surg Oncol
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Early NSCLC: decreased SMA common, tied to reduced survival

Decreased skeletal muscle area is associated with shorter DFS and OS.

  • Global Clinical Summaries from Pediatr Infect Dis J
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Influenza in infants: vitamin D for protection

Fewer illnesses, briefer symptoms in babies receiving higher dose.

  • Global Clinical Summaries from Lancet Respir Med
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Oral prednisolone shortens hospital time for toddlers with viral wheeze

Data reinforce utility of oral corticosteroids in children aged 2-3 years with wheeze.

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NSCLC: metformin boosts OS in patients with diabetes

Earlier studies had yielded conflicting evidence.

  • Clinical Essentials from JAMA Oncol
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NSCLC: nivolumab, EGFR-TKI combo tied to higher IP risk

Patients who received both treatments were more likely to develop IP.

  • Global Clinical Summaries from Lancet Respir Med
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COPD: GOLD 2017 no better than earlier versions for predicting mortality

But combining spirometry with symptom and exacerbation data was predictive.

Potential new treatment for scleroderma
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Potential new treatment for scleroderma

The therapy could be the first new treatment to improve survival in patients with severe scleroderma in more than four decades.

  • Clinical Essentials from N Engl J Med
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NSCLC: first-line osimertinib tops standard EGFR-TKIs

Data from the phase 3 FLAURA trial.

Palliative medicine: does end-of-life assisted hydration extend survival?
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Palliative medicine: does end-of-life assisted hydration extend survival?

This is the first randomised controlled trial to investigate the routine use of clinically assisted hydration in cancer patients at the end-of-life.

WHO launches online course for clinicians on antibiotic prescribing
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WHO launches online course for clinicians on antibiotic prescribing

The launch of the course comes at a time when concerns continue to mount about antimicrobial resistance.

  • Global Clinical Summaries from PLoS One
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Acute otitis media rates drop after widespread influenza vaccination

Almost 33% fewer cases among toddlers vs prevaccination era.

Influenza infection levels continue to rise in the UK
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Influenza infection levels continue to rise in the UK

Latest statistics from the PHE.

Lung Disease: Monthly Essentials January 2018
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Lung Disease: Monthly Essentials January 2018

Breathing retraining for asthma | LABAs/LAMAs increase CVD events in COPD.

Language is powerful when expressing diagnostic uncertainty
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Language is powerful when expressing diagnostic uncertainty

Parents of paediatric patients may react more negatively to doctors who communicate uncertainty of diagnosis explicitly.