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How to recognise and support someone with an eating disorder

The UK's leading charity for eating disorders, Beat, estimates that there are about 1.25 million people in the UK with an eating disorder, and 75% of those are women (Beat, 2022). They also commented...

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...

New NICE draft guidance encourages less use of SSRIs for mild to moderate depression

This is an important move and on a personal level, I am in agreement, since experiencing the iatrogenic harms of medications I did not need. I was prescribed quetiapine by a community psychiatrist...

Lack of political recognition for nurses working in general practice

Given that the first time nurses and GPs heard about the acceleration of the programme was when the Prime Minister announced it in the media on the evening of Sunday 12 December, the response in...

Practice nursing: saving the Cinderella service

‘It's no surprise that many of my colleagues tell me they feel undervalued and invisible.’ .

New guidance for ME and CFS to improve understanding of these largely misunderstood conditions

The recommendations noted that both ME and CFS have not been clearly defined. They highlighted a lack of pathological evidence of brain inflammation, meaning the use of ‘encephalitis’ is problematic....

SCREEN NOW: a new educational resource for diabetes and eye health

Following on from previous initiatives and the national and international outreach these had, iDEAL brought together leading experts in diabetes and eye health to design and create a series of...

PROTECT NOW: A new resource for diabetes and kidney health

The iDEAL diabetes multi-disciplinary (MDT) advocacy group, following the success of ACT NOW, are aiming to reduce the number of preventable lower limb amputations by 50% in 5 years (Edmonds et al,...

World COPD Day: supporting people to live well with COPD

It is important to ensure from the moment someone presents at their GP practice with symptoms of COPD that they get support for smoking cessation if they smoke. Having a conversation with patients...

COVID vaccination: What's next?

There are concerns that developed countries such as the UK have resorted to ‘vaccine nationalism’, that is stockpiling vaccines to prioritise rapid access for their citizens due to public or political...

We should be celebrating general practice, not criticising

It would be so helpful to have more public messaging with positive stories of general practices being open to face-to-face appointments, and more stories of the benefits of remote access to a...

Raising awareness: ‘but you don't look like you have a stoma…’

I have always been honest and open about my condition and my stoma, yet I have encountered many negative perceptions, bewildered and commiserative looks. I am not embarrassed or ashamed of my ostomy,...

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