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Driving licence renewal delays

Does anyone have experience of driving licence withdrawal (following fall/spectacular head trauma) and delayed return please? Being wheel-less is like being in prison. No seizure, no stroke, no brain cancer – ‘Apply after 3 months’ advised consultant. No chance. Protocol … Continue reading

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CPD certification for Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care, Radcliffe Publishing (CRC Press), Winner of the Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award 2009, now has CPD accreditation. While the story reads like a novel, with humorous sketches throughout, there are discussion sections … Continue reading

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Doctors’ hidden conflicts of interest

‘Here’s a game: try to find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself the freedom of the internet… ‘ ‘ The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry voluntarily publishes payments made by the drug industry to … Continue reading

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New cancer drugs, survival, and quality of life –

A retrospective cohort study in the bmj to determine the availability of data on overall survival and quality of life benefits of cancer drugs approved in Europe concluded that ‘…most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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GP Payments

In my rapid response to this BMJ article I should have mentioned GP payments that were given for not referring patients. Does anyone else have the sense that there are also cut-off points for referral, diagnostic investigations or treatments at … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – why do physicians continue to ignore national guidelines?’

When research shows breast cancer screening participants are more likely to experience more harms than benefits, why do physicians continue to ignore national guidelines and recommend screening mammography? “There have been many explanations over the years for why physicians perform … Continue reading

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