Monthly Archives: November 2010

BMJ 2010: 341: 1111 – 1170 (27th November)

The most interesting article this week was on causes and investigation of peripheral neuropathy. My usual approach for patients with peripheral neuropathy is to send them off for random glucose, B12, and folate, and if all those are normal to … Continue reading

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Prescriber 21:21, 5th November 2010

Always lots in a Prescriber to report. I do believe the time may have come to use some subheadings: NSAIDs vs. Cox-2s This was a report on the CONDOR trial, which I was pleased to see was aimed at answering … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 1059 – 1110 (20th November)

All sorts of factors (efficacy at preventing MI, side-effect profile, cost) come into play when considering the choice of antihypertensive, but we now have a new one – effectiveness of prevention of heart failure. Surprisingly, diuretics were the most effective … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 947 – 1002 (6th November)

If patients come to me concerned about their risk of future bowel cancer, I can now advise them on how to reduce it substantially by appropriate health behaviours. Five factors were all found to make a difference: avoiding smoking, avoiding … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 897 – 946 (30th October)

This issue contained a study on providing antenatal screening for thalassaemia and sickle-cell in general practice. We should, apparently, be offering this screening when pregnant women first book in, so that they have positive results as early as possible in … Continue reading

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