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George Winter

Freelance writer and Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science

Research Roundup

Globally, 85% of cardiovascular disease deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes. This is cited by Wang et al (2022) who state that there is limited evidence on the relationship between a...

How general practice can improve patient health with parkrun

It's safe: all adult parkruns have an automated external defibrillator (AED) available, while a study of 702 UK parkrun events involving almost 30 million participations concluded that ‘serious...

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Chan et al (2022) note that cervical cancer is not only the most common type of cancer amongst women globally, with an age-standardised incidence rate of 13.1 per 100 000 women, it is also one of...

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Although regular exercise and a healthy diet are central to the prevention of several chronic diseases, there is debate over whether one can ‘outrun a bad diet’ through high levels of physical...

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Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-based deaths worldwide, and although balance tends to be reasonably preserved until the sixth decade of life, it starts to diminish quickly...

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Globally, around 137 million women and 21 million men have a high osteoporotic fracture risk, but although exercise and physical activity can improve bone strength and the risk of falls, there is no...

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Although physical activity confers health benefits, certain urban environments promote more physical activity than others. For instance, those living in neighbourhoods with poor socio-economic...

Type 2 diabetes and depression: what is the link?

But what about the mental aspects of T2D? Adams et al (2022) cite evidence showing that depression is more common among individuals with T2D than those without T2D, and that insulin therapy is...

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In primary care, ‘safety-netting’ – a term first coined in 1987 – is a diagnostic strategy that involves monitoring patients with symptoms possibly indicative of serious illness until they are...

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Globally, seasonal influenza causes an estimated 389 000 deaths from respiratory disease each year. This is cited by Kajikawa et al (2022), who highlight the importance of understanding why...

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In this meta-analysis of 208 studies with 3 550 997 participants from over 32 countries, Sawadogo et al (2022) evaluated the association between overweight or obesity and COVID-19-related...

Meeting the challenge of insulin resistance in general practice

Insulin resistance is a reduced response to the hormone insulin (Bikman, 2020: 6), with insulin resistance a key component of metabolic syndrome (Gallagher and LeRoith, 2020). In metabolic syndrome...

Violence in primary care: a growing problem?

Professor Gautam Gulati is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Limerick. ‘The following violent scenario,’ Prof Gulati told Practice...

Weight loss and financial incentives: a flawed scheme?

But what does the evidence show? When Korean mathematicians Lee et al (2021) devised an epidemic model to investigate the theoretical role of financial incentives to see how they might usefully...

A low-carb diet for diabetes: the latest evidence

Meanwhile, some are finding that low-carbohydrate diets are meeting the challenge of diabetes. For example, Southport-based GP Dr David Unwin—NHS Innovator of the Year 2016—and colleagues found that...

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