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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Frailty is a distinctive health state related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserves. This means the person is vulnerable to dramatic, sudden changes in health triggered by seemingly small events such as a minor infection or a change in medication.
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Friday, 20 February 2015
Over the next 10 years, an estimated 45,000 quality-adjusted life-years and £850m health and social care costs could be saved, if England saw a 5 mmHg reduction in the average population systolic blood pressure. In addition, substantial reductions in death and disability could be achieved if there was a step change in our approach to detection and treatment of hypertension. This is the rationale behind the Blood Pressure Action Plan that was published recently.
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Insulin therapy is life-saving for people with type 1 diabetes, and a key component of the treatment regimen for many people with type 2 diabetes. At the same time, insulin is a major cause of adverse drug events, some of which are so severe that they cause emergency admission to hospital. There is therefore much that needs to be done to improve the safe use of insulin in order to reduce medication errors and hospitalisation associated with hypoglycaemia.
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Thursday, 02 October 2014
A recent study concluded that in general practices providing NHS Health Checks, the change in reported prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) does not differ from practices that provide usual care.  Although the study was not randomised and was not powered to support this conclusion, it is of interest because it raises a number of important questions about the delivery of the NHS Health Check.
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014
The 2013 measles epidemic in Wales came as a salutary reminder of the importance of immunisation in preventing communicable diseases. Similarly, it took an outbreak of bird flu in 2010 to act as a wake-up call for people who had become somewhat laissez-faire about protecting themselves against the influenza virus. In this article we look at the dangers of flu, why the immunisation programme is important, and what you can do to reduce the impact of the flu bug on your patients' health and well-being.
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Friday, 05 September 2014
A retrospective audit of premature deaths (aged under 75) from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Leeds showed that patients diagnosed with CVD and placed on disease registers lived on average eight years longer than patients who had not been diagnosed prior to their deaths. If innovations like the NHS Health Check can be used to identify CVD patients in a more equitable manner, there is likely to be a major impact in reducing premature mortality with the potential to reduce health inequalities for disadvantaged groups in the population.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
In patients with both homozygous and heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), statins with or without ezetimibe are now the mainstay pharmacological therapy for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels, combined with lipoprotein apheresis in homozygotes and statin-refractory heterozygotes. These therapies have helped to improve outcomes, but new treatment options areurgently needed, as FH patients continue to be at high risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). HEART UK - The Cholesterol Charity - has provided editorial support and review of this sponsored FH series.This article was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant by Sanofi, who had no control over content.
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Friday, 18 July 2014
A meeting report from the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) 6th Annual Heart Failure day for training and revalidation, held in Glasgow in March 2014.
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