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Chronic pain and opiates

These articles have included tragic stories of how prescriptions for pain relief have led to addiction, with all its destructive consequences. Some, with deep honesty, reveal how GPs were manipulated...

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Spotting measles: Red Whale’s top tip!

Other practical tips that our Spring delegates found really useful and that you can pick up at our Summer GP Update courses include:

•    How to sort out inhalers for your COPD patients....

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PSA screening

IMPORTANT: when we are talking about screening for prostate cancer, we are talking about ASYMPTOMATIC MEN. Symptomatic men may need a PSA test as part of their...

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TEAR model of grief: the ‘tasks’ of grief

Supporting those who grieve is a significant part of our role as clinicians in primary care. For me, in an instant, a phone call from Auckland transformed grief from something theoretical to a...

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Preventing recurrence of renal stones: what works?

•    The majority of renal stones are calcium based, including those high in oxalate. 
•    For all stone formers, increasing urinary volume by 500mls/day or to 2l/day reduces recurrence.

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Can breastfeeding rates be increased?

There is evidence that interventions through health services, including counselling or education and special training of health staff to support women breastfeeding, are effective at increasing...

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There is a significant risk of developing hypertension later in life if there has been hypertension in pregnancy

Women affected by hypertension in pregnancy need monitoring for life, and those who are obese should be advised about the risk and be encouraged to lose weight.

Do you routinely...

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