New Tuberculosis Treatment Target Identified

Scientists have discovered the mechanism that hijacks the immune system’s response to tuberculosis, revealing an important new drug target for the disease that kills more than one million people each year. Herman Sintim, Purdue University’s Drug Discovery Professor of Chemistry, collaborated with scientists at Johns Hopkins University to determine how tuberculosis turns off a human [...]

By |2016-12-19T13:50:55+01:00December 19th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

GMC to Freeze all Registration Fees In 2017 / 18

The General Medical Council (GMC) is to freeze all registration fees, including the annual retention fee, from April 2017 to March 2018. The GMC’s council has agreed that next year’s annual retention fee should be frozen at £425, while the fee paid by medical school graduates to become provisionally registered will remain at £90 and [...]

By |2016-12-19T13:42:33+01:00December 19th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Vaccine Against Fatal Prescription Opioid Overdose Developed

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a vaccine that blocks the pain-numbing effects of the opioid drugs oxycodone (oxy) and hydrocodone (hydro) in animal models. The vaccine also appears to decrease the risk of fatal opioid overdose; a growing cause of death. ‘We saw both blunting of the drug's effects and, remarkably, [...]

By |2016-11-28T16:03:37+01:00November 28th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Patient Safety Under Threat from GP Pressures

The quality and safety of patient care in general practice in England is under threat from rising workload pressures, according to a major new BMA survey of more than 5,000 GPs. Key findings from the survey, which drew responses from 5,025 GPs across England, include: Eight out of 10 GPs (84 per cent) believe that [...]

By |2016-11-28T15:42:00+01:00November 28th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Concern Over Contamination of Scrubs

Bad bugs readily spread from patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) to scrubs and the room, according to research presented at IDWeek 2016™. The sleeves and pockets of the scrubs and the bed railing were the most likely to be contaminated. The study tracked the transmission of bacteria known to be particularly troublesome in [...]

By |2016-11-07T16:48:55+01:00November 7th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Link Discovered Between BMI and Brain Function

Researchers from the University of Arizona have found that having a higher body mass index, or BMI, can negatively impact cognitive functioning in older adults. ‘The higher your BMI, the more your inflammation goes up,’ explained Kyle Bourassa, lead author of the study, which is published in the journal, Brain, Behavior and Immunity. ‘Prior research [...]

By |2016-11-07T16:23:34+01:00November 7th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

New Pattern in Flu Outbreaks Uncovered

As cold winter weather approaches, millions of people look for remedies to avoid the flu. Yet influenza outbreaks equally affect those living in warm, tropical regions where there is no direct link to seasonal temperature changes. This lack of a seasonal connection between flu outbreaks in tropical and temperate climates has made studying the environmental [...]

By |2016-11-07T16:13:37+01:00November 7th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Plans for GP Departures Persist in Wake of Health Minister’s Vision

The overwhelming majority of GPs who attended a crisis meeting in Belfast this week to discuss the escalating crisis in general practice have said that they are willing to begin the process of leaving the health service. The interest was gauged hot on the heels of the release of the Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill’s, vision [...]

By |2016-10-27T16:24:57+01:00October 27th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Expert Panel Calls for Collective Accountability

According to the expert panel, health providers should ‘collectively be held accountable – under a shared leadership model – for achieving a set of pre-agreed quality outcomes within a given budget or expenditure target’. After an onslaught of speculation and continued delay, the recommendations, ‘Systems, not Structures: Remodelling Health and Social Care’, drawn up on [...]

By |2016-10-25T15:10:04+01:00October 25th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments

Breaking News: Health Minister Responds to Expert Panel with GP Investment

Primary care pressures will be tackled head-on within the next 12 months – that’s the main message issued by the Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today. O’Neill has released her 10-year vision ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’ in response to the expert panel’s recommendations, outlining her modes of action and timeframes – yet omitting any [...]

By |2016-10-25T11:05:34+01:00October 25th, 2016|General Practice|0 Comments