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For what ages should blood pressure medications be recommended?

The Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (2021a) reported from their large-scale study that a 5 mmHg reduction of systolic blood pressure reduced the risk of major cardiovascular...

Dexamethasone as an adjunct to pain management following knee surgery

In the recently published study, Gasbjerg et al (2022) examined the effects of one and two doses of intravenous dexamethasone in patients post surgery..

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

Recapping management of patients with lymphoedema

In lymphoedema, it is usually the extremities that are most affected (such as the feet, related to acquired vascular problems, or hands/arms related to breast cancer), followed by the genitalia....

Causes and treatment of urge incontinence in women

The BMJ (2020) states that this type of urinary incontinence may be caused by changes in anatomical support and/or neuromuscular function of the pelvic floor, or it may be idiopathic. There is a high...

Challenges in prescribing practice

This piece of original research published in the BMJ Open online in January 2022, sought to explore the barriers to and facilitators of reporting detected prescribing errors in a primary care setting...

Prescribing for panic disorder

When a person has a panic disorder, it is useful to be able to spot it when they first mention their symptoms. Not only is there a role for prescribing but there may be other options to keep the...

Diabetes remission and diet data

Diabetes can stem from obesity, with increasing numbers of studies showing remission of diabetes through a reduction in body weight (Quimby et al, 2021). Further research looks at how different food...

Treating those requiring anticoagulation during the COVID-19 pandemic

However, keeping hospital visits to a minimum has required other changes too. In March 2020, NHS England (2020) quickly devised a plan to switch patients who have previously had a blood clot and were...

Current and emerging approaches to lowering patient cholesterol

Recently approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), inclisiran may be a ‘game changer’ for people who have previously had a heart attack or stroke. NICE (2021) issued...

Novel use of psychedelics for heart disease and mental health: treatment and ethics

‘Classic psychedelics’ mainly refer to psychoactive substances known to act as agonists primarily at serotonin 2A receptors, which are often categorised into three classes: tryptamines, lysergamides,...

Multimorbidity, optimising treatment and preventing hospital admissions in older people

Recently published in the British Medical Journal, Blum et al's (2021) cluster randomised controlled trial looked at 110 clusters of inpatient wards within university-based hospitals across four...

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