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Monday, 19 May 2008

There are several blood tests available to measure blood glucose levels. Some require the patient to fast while others do not. Understanding and interpreting the results accurately are essential in optimising the management of our patients with diabetes. This article looks specifically at the HbA1c test and its significance. We define what it is and when we should carry out this test, as well as helping you to understand what the results mean and the targets we are aiming for.

Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The liver has many functions, and therefore diseases of the liver have numerous consequences. These can be detected and monitored with blood tests. This article provides a review of liver function tests, or LFTs, and how they relate to the key functions of the liver and some of the most common liver diseases.

Category: Editorial
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.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016

This month’s Back to Basics feature is a free wallchart to aid interpretation of the NHS Health Check results. Use this information with last month’s Back to Basics NHS Health Check chart to raise your patients’ awareness of cardiovascular risk factors and to determine the best lifestyle and medical approaches for each individual.

Category: Back to Basics
Monday, 21 March 2011

We have all seen paintings of early physicians looking at flasks of urine to give an indication of a person's health. And most of us can remember days of rows of urine pots lined up to test for new patients in primary care and in hospital outpatient clinics. We may assume that those days have gone in the era of blood testing and CT scans. So why do we have a cluster of urine pots on the cover of this issue of BJPCN and why are we suggesting that urine testing has a central role in finding patients with previously undiagnosed cardiovascular disease?

Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 28 September 2011

We have all seen paintings of early physicians looking at flasks of urine to give an indication of a person's health. And most of us can remember days of rows of urine pots lined up to test for new patients in primary care and in hospital outpatient clinics. We may assume that those days have gone in the era of blood testing and CT scans. So why are we suggesting that urine testing has a central role in finding patients with previously undiagnosed cardiovascular disease?

Category: Editorial
Friday, 13 May 2016

From April 2016, GPs and practice nurses requesting a serum creatinine blood test will be alerted to any significant changes in the patient’s kidney function.

Category: Have You Heard
Tuesday, 01 September 2009

Urine tests for renal function: What tests detect different levels of damage?

Category: Back to Basics
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