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Dr Sharma: Practices need investment to improve accuracy of antibiotic prescribing (Photo: Haymarket Medical/UNP)
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Viewpoint: GPs need help to cut antibiotic use, but is anyone listening?

Clarithromycin: linked to raised risk of cardiac death (Photo: SPL)

Clarithromycin linked to cardiac deaths, researchers warn

Antibiotics: GPs under huge pressure to prescribe (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)
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Nine in 10 GPs report pressure from 'pushy' patients to prescribe antibiotics

Safety alerts: Practices urged to set up systems to respond (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)

Meningitis vaccine errors prompt LMC warning over safety alerts

Amoebic and parasitic infestations

Tapeworm infestation in a returned traveller

Tapeworm infestation in a returned traveller

Dr Ravi Ramanathan discusses a case of tapeworm infestation contracted by a patient...

Red flag symptoms - Dyspepsia

Red flag symptoms - Dyspepsia

How to rule out the sinister causes, such as ulceration and malignancy. By Dr Pipin...

Bacterial infections

GPs warned to 'get tough' on antibiotic prescribing

GPs warned to 'get tough' on antibiotic prescribing
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GPs must 'get tough' and refuse antibiotics to patients who don't urgently need them...

Scarlet fever cases fall but GPs urged to remain vigilant

Scarlet fever cases fall but GPs urged to remain vigilant

New cases of scarlet fever fell last week as the outbreak across the UK begins to...

Improve rapid diagnostics to support GP antibiotic prescribing, experts say

Improve rapid diagnostics to support GP antibiotic prescribing, experts say

GPs need better access to rapid diagnostic services if they are to reduce antibiotic...

More bacterial infections articles

Fungal infections

The Basics - Vaginal discharge

The Basics - Vaginal discharge

It is important to establish the cause of this common symptom, explains Dr Louise...

Public Health - Recognising zoonoses

Public Health - Recognising zoonoses

Animals can pass on infections harmful to humans. Barry Hill explains the routes...

Pictorial Case Study - Onychogryphosis

Pictorial Case Study - Onychogryphosis

A man comes in with thickened toe nails.

Immunisation

Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women extended

Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women extended

The pertussis vaccination campaign for pregnant women is set to continue for a further...

Travelling football fans urged to visit GP ahead of World Cup in Brazil

Travelling football fans urged to visit GP ahead of World Cup in Brazil
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Football fans planning to visit Brazil for the FIFA World Cup have been urged to...

Recognising dengue fever: clinical features, diagnosis and treatment

Recognising dengue fever: clinical features, diagnosis and treatment

Dengue is widespread in Brazil. Ahead of the Football World Cup 2014, Dr Mike Townend...

Malaria

Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Dr Mike Townend discusses the most important vaccinations including tetanus, poliomyelitis...

More malaria articles

Organ transplantation

Expert Opinion - Cross blood group transplants

Blood group incompatible kidney transplants can be carried out. Mr Nizam Mamode explains...

Tuberculosis

Clinical images: Bacterial infections

Clinical images: Bacterial infections

Dr Philip Marazzi outlines some common and interesting bacterial presentations.

Recognise and manage leprosy

Recognise and manage leprosy

The long-term complications of leprosy may be seen in the GP surgery. By dermatologist...

Evidence base: Pulmonary tuberculosis

Evidence base: Pulmonary tuberculosis

A summary of the evidence base for the management of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Viral infections

GPs warned to 'remain vigilant' for Ebola symptoms

GPs warned to 'remain vigilant' for Ebola symptoms

GPs should remain alert to symptoms of Ebola in patients returning from West Africa,...

Rising hepatitis C deaths prompt call for GP awareness training

Rising hepatitis C deaths prompt call for GP awareness training

GPs have been urged to undertake extra training to recognise and diagnose hepatitis...

Chickenpox (varicella zoster) - Clinical Review

Chickenpox (varicella zoster) - Clinical Review

Chickenpox (varicella zoster) is a highly contagious viral illness that occurs mainly...

Influenza

GPs given template letters for expanded flu vaccine programme

GPs given template letters for expanded flu vaccine programme

Public Health England has issued template letters for GP practices to invite parents...

Seasonal influenza - Clinical review

Seasonal influenza - Clinical review

The 2013/14 flu season is here. Consultant in respiratory and intensive care medicine,...

Viewpoint - Should HCAs administer the influenza vaccine?

Viewpoint - Should HCAs administer the influenza vaccine?

Dr Paula Varma tested a system where HCAs administer seasonal flu jabs.

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