Defusing the ticking time bomb – with soft drinks?

Diabetes has been in the headlines again this week, for very contrasting reasons. In this article in the Diabetes Times, Diabetes UK has analysed data from 2016-17 and found that 6,836 children and young adults aged …

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DVLA changes rules for people with diabetes

1 January 2018 – DVLA laws changed for Group 1 (car and motorcycle) drivers who are on medication that carries a hypoglycaemic risk (sulphonylureas, meglitinides, insulin). Previously the law stated that if they had ≥2 episodes …

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The cost of Diabetes

It’s been a week for bad news in Healthcare.  As well as the bad news about asthma mortality, are other items highlighting the increasing ineffectiveness of existing antibiotics and the high rate of hospital admissions for …

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Beginning of the end for QOF?

In the biggest shake-up since the General Medical Services Quality and Outcomes Framework (GMS QOF) was introduced nearly ten years ago, no less than 341 points have been wiped out from the Framework.  This means a …

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A dose of your own medicine

One of our friends is in the terminal phase of cancer. He was suffering quite a lot of pain so he was seen by one of the truly wonderful MacMillan Nurses. The nurse decided to give …

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The NHS Health Check

The NHS Health Check was introduced in 2009 but has only gradually impinged on the consciousness of everybody.  It was originally basically a cardiovascular risk check and some people still refer to it as such but …

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