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 |2017-08-29T10:06:06+01:00August 29th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

Only 15 Per Cent of Claims Against Doctors Succeed

An outdated and adversarial legal system is leading to doctors and patients having to endure considerable stress and anxiety caused by medical negligence claims, yet few succeed, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has said. The MDU, the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, made the comments as it revealed in its Annual Report for 2016 that it [...]

By |2017-08-29T10:04:43+01:00August 29th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

Only Two-Thirds of Trainee GPs Plan to Work in NHS General Practic

A new study by the University of Warwick indicates that only two in three doctors who are completing their training to become GPs plan to work in NHS general practice. Of those intending to remain in the NHS, most propose working as locums or salaried GPs rather than entering a GP partnership. The study, ‘Factors [...]

By |2017-08-29T10:03:07+01:00August 29th, 2017|General Medicine|0 Comments

New Tool Identifies Diabetes Patients at Risk for Low Blood Sugar Emergencies

A team led by Kaiser Permanente researchers has developed and validated a practical tool for identifying diabetes patients who are at the highest risk for being admitted to an emergency department or hospital due to severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood sugar. Their results are published in JAMA Internal Medicine. ‘Sometimes a person with diabetes [...]

By |2017-08-24T15:53:13+01:00August 25th, 2017|Endocrinology|0 Comments

Biochemical ‘Fingerprints’ Reveal Diabetes Progression

Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden have described a new method to study biochemical changes that occur in the pancreas during the development of diabetes. The method, recently published in Scientific Reports, is based on molecular spectroscopy and can be used to extract biochemical profiles (or ‘fingerprints’) containing information about disease progression. The method could [...]

By |2017-08-24T15:51:41+01:00August 25th, 2017|Endocrinology|0 Comments

Medication Acts in the Brain to Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Medication currently being used to treat obesity is also proving to have significant health benefits for patients with type 2 diabetes according to a study recently published in Molecular Metabolism. The study explains how this therapeutic benefit for type 2 diabetes is achieved by acting in our brain. Scientists from the University of Aberdeen Rowett [...]

By |2017-08-24T15:50:30+01:00August 25th, 2017|Endocrinology|0 Comments

Researchers Develop New Scan to Predict Stroke

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new type of MRI scan to predict the risk of having a stroke, thanks to funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The non-invasive technique, described in a paper published in the journal, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, produces a quantitative result that can accurately indicate whether plaques [...]

By |2017-08-24T10:45:41+01:00August 24th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Damaged Hearts Potentially Repaired with Self-Healing Heart Cells

New research has discovered a potential means to trigger damaged heart cells to self-heal, and the discovery could lead to groundbreaking forms of treatment for heart diseases. For the first time, researchers have identified a long non-coding ribonucleic acid (ncRNA) that regulates genes controlling the ability of heart cells to undergo repair or regeneration. This [...]

By |2017-08-24T10:44:11+01:00August 24th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

New PET-CT Scan Improves Detection in Rare Cardiac Condition

Using a new imaging technique that can diagnose cardiac sarcoidosis much more accurately than traditional tests, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have found that the disease affects other organs in 40 per cent of patients with cardiac sarcoidosis. The findings are published in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Positron emission tomography [...]

By |2017-08-24T10:42:04+01:00August 24th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Research Helps Predict Organ Failure in Critically Injured Patients

Testing blood samples within the first two hours of injury could help predict which critically injured patients are more likely to develop multiple organ failure, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The finding that there is a specific immune response to trauma shortly after injury could also help [...]

By |2017-08-22T10:04:59+01:00August 22nd, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments