New Research on Why GPs Quit Patient Care

New research has shed light on the reasons driving doctors out of general practice, following earlier findings that around two out of every five GPs in the South West are planning to leave direct patient care in the next five years. The research, led by Professor John Campbell of the University of Exeter Medical School, [...]

By |2018-02-08T15:29:13+00:00February 8th, 2018|General Medicine|0 Comments

Differing Patterns of Risk Factors Detected in Bipolar Disorder

Two patterns of antecedent or ‘prodromal’ psychiatric symptoms may help to identify young persons at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD), according to a new analysis in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. Early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic ‘homotypic’ pattern, consisting mainly of [...]

By |2018-02-08T15:28:21+00:00February 8th, 2018|General Medicine|0 Comments

Novel Candidate for Antidepressant Treatment Explored

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 300 million people worldwide are affected by a major depressive disorder. Unfortunately, the antidepressants commonly used to treat them only work for 50 per cent of the population. A recent paper published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry, explores how a protein named CK2 could be playing a [...]

By |2018-02-08T15:26:59+00:00February 8th, 2018|General Medicine|0 Comments

Old Prescribing Habits Die Hard For Clinicians

Clinicians are more likely to curb unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions with some psychological approaches known as 'nudges' Low-cost approaches that nudge physicians to reduce unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics could have a significant impact if clinics adopt them for the long term, a USC-led study finds. Unnecessary antibiotics can harm patients and have contributed to the rise [...]

By |2017-11-21T11:50:05+00:00November 21st, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

Sharing Experiences Improves Wellbeing of Healthcare Staff

Healthcare staff who regularly share the emotional, social or ethical challenges they face in the workplace experience less psychological distress, improved teamwork and increased empathy and compassion for patients and colleagues, a new study commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research reports. In the first in-depth study in the UK, researchers from the University [...]

By |2017-11-21T11:48:20+00:00November 21st, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

New Concern Over Contraceptive Complaints

The commonest reason for women being prescribed contraception to make a complaint or compensation claim against their doctor is the development of a recognised complication such as a deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or infection. A review by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of over 150 cases related to contraception prescribed mostly by GPs between [...]

By |2017-11-21T11:47:08+00:00November 21st, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

Telephone Consultations May Not Reduce GP Workload

Telephone consultations to determine whether a patient needs to see their GP face-to-face can deal with many problems, but a study led by researchers at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (University of Cambridge and RAND Europe), found no evidence to support claims by companies offering to manage these services or by NHS England [...]

By |2017-10-10T10:46:31+00:00October 10th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

Chronic Migraine Cases are Amplified by Jawbone Disorder

In a study, researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine (FMRP-USP), in Brazil, finds that the more frequent the migraine attacks, the more severe will be the so-called temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull, therefore the disorder’s symptoms includes [...]

By |2017-10-10T10:45:16+00:00October 10th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

New Study Shows Promise of Gene Therapy to Treat Alcoholism

Researchers used gene transfer to block the expression of one of the two main enzymes that break down alcohol in the liver, leading to the accumulation in liver cells of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of ethanol. The inability to metabolise acetaldehyde produces strong effects in people, such as dizziness and palpitations, leading people to avoid [...]

By |2017-10-10T10:44:03+00:00October 10th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

BMA Stresses Patient Safety Following Training Report

Patient safety remains the prime consideration in proposed changes to doctors’ training, the BMA has said, following publication of the latest Shape of Training report. The association has cautiously welcomed the findings of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group, which has published its recommendations on Sir David Greenaway’s original study. BMA Junior Doctors Committee [...]

By |2017-08-29T10:14:03+00:00August 29th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments