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December 22, 2014

Evidence for a proactive approach to diabetic macular oedema (DME)

In the face of a rising global prevalence of diabetes and a younger age at diagnosis, a collaborative, proactive approach to diabetic macular oedema (DME) is required, the recent 2014 EURETINA congress was told.

No changes in mortality rates after trainee hours reform

An examination of the effect of resident duty hour reforms in 2011 finds no significant change in mortality or readmission rates for hospitalised patients or outcomes for general surgery patients, according to two studies in the December 10 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education.

Take ‘Time’ to solve case of vanishing magazines

A cohort study from New Zealand has suggested GPs should consider stocking their waiting rooms with old copies of The Economist and Time magazine in order to prevent the removal of magazines and thus reduce practice costs.

King Canute inspires new GP appointment system

Getting a same-day appointment with a GP in the UK can often be a challenge, but one practice has found a novel way to meet the daily demand for appointments.

‘Smooth Operator’: music to watch surgery by

Music and medicine are deeply connected. But is operating to music a good idea? And, if so, what kind of music should theatre staff listen to?

The birth of ‘dead heart’ transplants

In the first of a new ‘Science Series’ in IMT, Valerie Ryan interviews the Director of the St Vincent’s Hospital Heart Lung Transplant Unit in Sydney, Australia, Prof Peter Macdonald, on their cardiac transplantation using the ground-breaking ‘Heart in a Box’.

Need for thorough investigation stressed

Time should be taken in evaluating and deciding what will work for patients with possible hypertensive disease, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.

WHO guidelines unclear on flu risk for children

Children born prematurely are at an increased risk of flu-related complications, despite not being identified as an “at-risk” group in UK, US, or WHO guidelines, and should be a priority group for the seasonal flu vaccination, new research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine suggests.

Longer surgery linked with higher risk of clots

The longer surgery lasts the more prone patients appear to be to develop blood clots, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery.

Aspirin not worth risks for CVD prevention

The pros of giving healthy women regular low-dose aspirin to stave off serious illness such as cancer and heart disease are outweighed by the cons, suggests a large study published online in the journal Heart.

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