Did you know of the latest evidence …

It’s never easy to stay up-to-date with the all the changes and latest healthcare guidance but did you know that subscribing to the Map of Medicine website can help by reducing some of the load?  The information contained in the post below can easily be sent direct to your mailbox.  Click here to subscribe for free to Map of Medicine.

The latest evidence
Map of Medicine monitors over 150 guidance producers, and constantly searches over 3,000 sources for the latest meta-analyses and systematic reviews, enabling healthcare professionals to stay abreast of changes through a single resource. The care maps below have been updated with the latest evidence-based recommendations:

  • Bladder cancer: use of pioglitazone (an oral treatment for type 2 diabetes) is associated with a small increased risk of bladder cancer. Healthcare professionals should be aware of new warnings and precautions for use in at-risk patients
  • Epilepsy in adults: now including the latest evidence from NICE recommending retigabine for the adjunctive treatment of partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation where other options have failed
  • Fluid and electrolyte imbalance: the Pathology Harmony Group have produced guidelines on reference intervals for normal sodium and potassium levels. This is of particular interest to users and commissioners of hospital diagnostic services
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) in children and adolescents: NICE have now updated their guidance on endoluminal gastroplication. Check out the secondary care page of the care map for the latest recommendation
  • Hip fracture: newly updated recommendations from NICE including the timing of surgery, patient and carer views and information are now incorporated throughout the care map
  • Miscarriage: updated to include new guidance from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the investigation and treatment of couples with recurrent first-trimester and second-trimester miscarriage; also now with the latest evidence on indications for transvaginal and transbdominal cerclage in the treatment of cervical incompetence for women suffering recurrent miscarriage
  • Myeloma: see the ‘Initial chemotherapy’ care points for the latest evidence on bortezomib and thalidomide for the first-line treatment of multiple myeloma
  • Retinal detachment: includes recent new guidelines from the College of Optometrists on examining patients who complain of flashes and floaters, and when to refer urgently or as emergency
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: abatacept is now recommended for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis after the failure of conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. See the medical treatment page of the care map
  • Warts: new evidence indicates that cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen is associated with higher costs per additional healed patient than 50% salicylic acid for the treatment of verrucae

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