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Friday, 15 September 2017
Moderate yet frequent alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women, with alcohol consumption over 3–4 week days giving the lowest risk.
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Friday, 15 September 2017

Nutrition advice aimed at children also improves their parents’ diets according to new European research. Child-oriented dietary counselling increased the intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and decreased the saturated fat intake of parents and decreased serum total and LDL concentrations in intervention mothers compared to control mothers.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

This month’s Back to Basics feature is a wallchart to support this year’s seasonal flu vaccination programme. 

The vaccine is offered free on the NHS to adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over), pregnant women and children aged six months to two years at risk of flu.

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Saturday, 09 September 2017
Women with early or normal onset menopause are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) than those with late onset menopause, according to new research.
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Saturday, 09 September 2017
New research has revealed that medication is so effective in reducing the risk of sudden death in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction that the overall benefit of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) is uncertain. The research analysed individual patient data from 12 clinical trials conducted between 1995 and 2014 including 40,000 patients.
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Saturday, 09 September 2017
A new study shows that long-term daily aspirin use in people aged ≥75 years, is linked to a higher than expected risk of disabling or fatal bleeding. While short-term aspirin use after a stroke or heart attack has clear benefits, the study authors say that older patients who take aspirin on a daily basis should also be prescribed a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) to reduce the risk of bleeding.
Thursday, 03 August 2017

People with COPD should be reviewed at least annually according to the Quality and Outcomes Framework.  However, there is little mention of the importance of assessing nutritional status and no ‘QOF’ points for doing so. This article describes the assessment and management of COPD patients with a risk of malnutrition.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

In general, deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) are falling, except for the forgotten CVD, dementia. The rate of dementia is rising year on year and it is now one of the top 5 causes of death in the UK.  Risk factors for dementia are similar to other CVDs and risk modification can reduce the risk of development of the condition.

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Monday, 17 July 2017
A new study has announced the new QRISK3 cardiovascular disease risk prediction algorithm. The calculator is used to work out the risk of developing a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years. The risk calculator is designed for use in the UK.
Monday, 17 July 2017
A new study led by the University of Leicester suggests that one in three people who suffer from high blood pressure are failing to take medication as prescribed by their healthcare professionals. Non-adherence to antihypertensive treatment is a critical contributor to suboptimal blood pressure control.

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