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Evidence in Practice

Wednesday, 06 December 2017
A study suggests that high-risk patients are being under-prescribed statins whereas patients in low-risk categories are being overtreated. Researchers have shown that statins are usually prescribed without recording of the QRISK2 cardiovascular risk assessment score recommended by NICE. Even when a score is documented, the majority of high-risk patients do not receive statins
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Friday, 06 October 2017
New research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in September has shown for the first time that e-cigarettes with nicotine cause a stiffening of the arteries which is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life.
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Friday, 06 October 2017
A new NHS service to provide a non-surgical reversible weight loss device for people who have both poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and obesity is safe and effective and should be rolled out across the NHS, according to new research presented at the recent EASD annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Friday, 06 October 2017
A new UK study shows that 37.8% of people with type 2 diabetes do not take their medications as prescribed. Further analysis showed that people who stick to their prescribed treatments have a 10% lower risk of hospital visits and are 28% less likely to die than people who fail to take their medication.
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
People who complain of myalgia caused by statins may be suffering from a genetic problem, according to a recent paper published in the European Heart Journal.
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Anti-inflammatory injections lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with previous myocardial infarction independently of lowering lipid levels, in a recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Tuesday, 03 October 2017
In the first study of its kind, gene therapy has been found to be feasible and well tolerated in patients with refractory angina. Treated patients showed increased myocardial perfusion at 1 year in the areas that had impaired myocardial perfusion reserve at baseline.
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Friday, 15 September 2017
The number of children being diagnosed with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is rising, but new cases of type 2 diabetes, has risen five-fold in about five years. New analysis suggests that type 2 diabetes now accounts for up to a third of diabetes diagnoses in children.
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