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Breast screening, cancer treatments and cardiovascular disease

This article highlights serious risks to cardiovascular health caused by breast cancer treatments (which need to be considered as part of overdiagnosis and overtreatment due to breast screening mammography). ‘…current breast cancer treatments can have a negative impact on cardiovascular … Continue reading

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Assisted Dying – BMJ articles & poll

The BMJ has published a series of articles on assisted dying, including an editorial urging a poll of UK doctors. Dr Jacky Davis sets out how the BMA’s current position is unrepresentative and in the patient commentary Sarah Jessiman explained … 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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Cancer and living

“What to say when you meet the angel of death at a party – after years of living with stage IV cancer, I have some suggestions” – great article by Kate Bowler, The New York Times, 26 January 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/opinion/sunday/cancer-what-to-say.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-regionContinue reading

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‘Flu vaccines

Public Health England has warned that the trivalent flu vaccine, most commonly administered in general practice, won’t protect against the influenza B strain predominantly circulating. Jacqui Wise, BMJ, 5 January 2018. BMJ 2018;360:k78 http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k78?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign_name=20180119&utm_source=etoc_weekly (Some vaccines cost more than others.  … Continue reading

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Breast screening: effectiveness (or otherwise) and harm

This BMJ article concludes that the Dutch mammography screening programme appears to have little impact on the number of advanced breast cancers – a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality – and half the screen detected cancers represent overdiagnosis (which … Continue reading

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Compassion at the forefront of healthcare

‘Compassion defined: it’s time for doctors to step up’ – Editorial by Kate Grundy, Amanda Landers in NZMJ 19 January 2018, Vol 131, No 1468. ISSN 1175-8716. (c) NZMA. Page 12 shown in Hearts in Healthcare’s Facebook post.  Nothing Personal, … Continue reading

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