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Primary care is the day-to-day health care given by a health care provider. Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety

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England's national drugs policy is failing, warn experts

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

They say the situation has become a public health and primary care emergency.

Clinical trial confirms GP-prescribed treatments are effective for women with heavy periods

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The largest and longest running clinical trial of medical therapies for heavy periods has found that women can be greatly helped by having treatments just from their GP, with most avoiding hospital...

Annual UK cancer cases set to soar to half a million in less than 20 years

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Five hundred thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK by 2035 if trends continue, according to a Cancer Research UK study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Society for Endocrinology publishes guidance documents to tackle life-threatening endocrine emergencies

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Society for Endocrinology has today issued clinical guidance on the treatment of five life-threatening endocrine emergencies.

Diagnosis of cancer as a medical emergency leading to poorer prognosis for many patients

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Too many patients - particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds - are being diagnosed with cancer as medical emergencies, say researchers.

Financial difficulties linked to worse outcomes from cancer treatment

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Financial difficulties can significantly impact a cancer patient's quality of life during treatment and may even increase their risk of death, according to the results of a pooled analysis...

Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Forty per cent of people say that having to talk through their symptoms with doctors' receptionists could put them off going to their GP, according to an analysis of the Cancer Awareness Measure...

Rapid blood test by general practitioner can rule out serious infections in children

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Using a simple decision rule and a finger prick to test blood, general practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly.

Handgrip strength provides a new window to health

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Handgrip could be used for early detection of health problems that may lead to premature death, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, by IIASA researcher Nadia Steiber.

Helping patients quit or reduce smoking: A guide for physicians

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Physicians can help smokers reduce or quit smoking, and a new review published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) aims to help them manage smoking cessation for their patients.

Half of UK doctors planning to practise abroad

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Almost half of doctors are looking to move overseas as their current experience of being a doctor is worse than they expected when they graduated, a new BMA study has found.

Increase in the number of people dying with dementia, UK

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The proportion of people dying with a recorded dementia diagnosis has more than doubled since 2001.

Certain NSAIDs may raise the risk of heart failure, study finds

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

In a new study, researchers have identified nine NSAIDs that - at certain doses - may increase the risk of hospital admission for heart failure.

Preterm, low-birth-weight babies more likely for women with hearing loss

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Hearing loss may increase a woman's risk of giving birth prematurely or having a baby with a low birth weight, according to a new study.

Physician capacity to treat opioid use disorder with buprenorphine-assisted treatment

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In a study appearing in the September 20 issue of JAMA, Bradley D. Stein, M.D., Ph.D.

Maternal health: Disparities in care quality, access to services a major concern

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

A series of papers in The Lancet highlights disparities in maternal health care across the globe and details strategies to reduce maternal mortality.

Doctors "frequently inaccurate" when predicting survival for patients with terminal illnesses

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research has shown that doctors are frequently inaccurate when predicting how long those living with terminal illnesses will survive.

Statins: 'Harms have been overestimated,' says review

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

An in-depth review into the health outcomes of statin therapy suggests the benefits of the cholesterol-lowering drugs outweigh the risks.

Exercise can help keep medical costs down

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Patients with heart disease who met weekly guidelines for moderate to vigorous exercise saved on average more than $2,500 in annual healthcare costs.

Nasal spray flu vaccine 'ineffective and should not be used,' say AAP

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The nasal spray flu vaccine LAIV offers insufficient protection for children and should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season, the AAP recommend.

New research shows link between extended GP surgery hours and fewer A&E visits - but at a cost

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Patients who had access to GP surgeries with longer opening times in evenings and at weekend visited accident and emergence departments far fewer times than those who did not have similar access to...

Extending primary care hours is linked to fewer emergency department visits

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Keeping primary care practices open for more hours on nights and weekends was linked to a reduction in patient-initiated emergency department visits for minor problems, according to a new study...

Heavy burden of EHRs could contribute to physician burnout

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

For every hour physicians provide direct clinical face time to patients, nearly two additional hours is spent on electronic health records (EHR) and other clerical work within the clinic day.

10 Simple Remedies for Earache

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Earaches are often caused by a bacterial or viral infection, moving into higher altitudes, or wax buildup. Learn about different simple remedies here.

Antibiotics in early life could raise children's food allergy risk

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Children prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may be at higher risk of food allergies, with the risk increasing with higher antibiotic use.