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Monday, 12 September 2016
Two injectable antibody-based therapies inhibiting the activity of PCSK9 - alirocumab and evolucumab - have recently been licensed. This paper reviews the current status of lipid management, the actions of PCSK9, and the clinical trial results achieved with PCSK9 inhibitors in early studies.
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Monday, 12 September 2016
The time of year is one of a number of factors shown to affect HbA1c levels. This study investigated seasonal variations in HbA1c in a large population of people with diabetes in Scotland. These variations appear to have clinical significance in terms of making medication decisions and other aspects of clinical care.
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Monday, 12 September 2016
The ‘Year of Care’ is a systematic approach to managing long-term conditions, focused on personalised care planning where patients work with the clinician to agree goals, identify support needs, develop and implement action plans, and monitor progress. This article reports the learning from implementing ‘Year of Care’ in primary care practices in Leeds.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 08 September 2016
Intensified and multifaceted treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes and poor prognosis due to microalbuminuria extends median lifetime by 8 years compared with conventional therapy, according to a new long-term Danish follow-up study of the Steno-2 trial.
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Thursday, 08 September 2016
A Scottish study shows that the overall incidence of type 2 diabetes has stabilised over the past 12 years while mortality has declined. The study authors suggest that the increasing prevalence of the disease, from 3.2% in 2004 to 5.1% in 2013 is due to longer survival of patients and not increasing numbers.
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Thursday, 08 September 2016
A meta-analysis of 189 studies including 3.9 million adults across four continents shows that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of premature death. The risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and cancer are all increased.
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Friday, 05 August 2016
PCCJ Editor-in-Chief Mike Kirby reviews a recent large observational study in the BMJ which concludes that women with atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than men.
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Friday, 05 August 2016
The updated NICE guideline on post-myocardial infarction care (CG 172) provides a benchmark for primary care. In this article, Ivan Benett and Jennifer Yung highlight the five key tasks for general practice in caring for someone who has suffered a heart attack.
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Thursday, 16 June 2016
Morbidity and mortality for women with COPD is increasing. This systematic review uncovers how women seem to experience COPD differently to men, and helps health care professionals to provide an individualised approach to caring for these patients.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Professor Mike Kirby highlights the key updates in the new NICE guidelines on the management of type 2 diabetes in adults and how these impact your practice. The updated guideline focuses on an individualised approach to patient care with recommendations on patient education, dietary advice, managing cardiovascular risk, managing blood glucose levels, and identifying and managing long-term complications.
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