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May 4, 2016

An introduction to delusional disorders

Registrar Dr Ronan Rice and Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Stephen McWilliams explore various different and fascinating delusional disorders, whose ties with literature and mythology can be traced back as far as the Roman times.

Evidence dismisses benefit of co-locating GPs in EDs

There is little evidence to back locating primary care services in emergency departments (EDs) or urgent-care facilities in a bid to curb patient demand and improve throughput, finds a review of the available evidence, published online in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

Stem cell therapies close to trial

A collaboration of the IBTS and a number of academic institutions could see revolutionary cell therapies used in new treatments for patients, Prof Frank Barry tells Lloyd Mudiwa.

Quality of care varied with ‘virtual doctors’

The quality of care among ‘commercial virtual visit companies’ in the US where patients used websites to request consultations with doctors they have never met via videoconference, telephone or web chat, has been found to be quite varied, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Childhood asthma overdiagnosed, inhalers a ‘fashion accessory’

Doctors are overdiagnosing asthma, with inhalers frequently dispensed for no good reason, to the point that they have “almost become a fashion accessory”, according to two leading respiratory doctors commenting in a leading article published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Important milestone heralded in the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma

MCL is challenging to treat and is associated with a poor prognosis, June Shannon reports. But a new drug has shown promising results for those with historically few treatment options.

Timing of resus heart shocks questioned

Two studies published by The BMJ evaluating treatments for patients with cardiac arrest in hospital have questioned elements of resuscitation guidelines and pointed out non-adherence in other areas.

Doubling due in prevalence of dementia

Clinical diagnosis of dementia can be inexact — particularly in the early stages — and this can be a challenge, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update.

Model predicts knee cartilage damage in overweight people

A recent study published in Scientific Reports, part of the Nature Publishing Group, has developed and validated a novel computational modelling method for the assessment of the patient-specific progression of osteoarthritis in the knee joint by using MRI data.

Link between diabetes drug and risk of bladder cancer confirmed

The diabetes drug pioglitazone is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, a new study published by The BMJ has found, with the risk seemingly increased with increasing duration of use and dose.

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