BMJ News: 4 July 2012

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Statins in women – how well do they work?

Statins in women
Do statins work as well as women as in men? A meta-analysis in Archives of Internal Medicine raises the possibility that they may not. Across 11 RCTs in 43,000 patients, statins as secondary prevention were associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular events in both sexes, but reductions in stroke and all-cause mortality were significant only in men. An accompanying Commentary is sceptical, arguing that other analyses have shown benefit to women, and that a better question would be whether the effect sizes are comparable. However, as an Editorial says, this question can only be answered by recruiting more women into trials.

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AquA Bulletin: July 2012

Please note the postponement of the following event: July 10, 2012
The shape of the acute care sector in the face of NHS reform and the implications for the wider system.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the above event will now be re-scheduled. The new date will be communicated once available. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

AQuA NewsLatest AQuA News. Issue 20: July 2012 
Inside this edition you will find some of the following:
– AQuA Holds Its Second Member Annual General Meeting
– AQuA At The NHS Confederation Event 2012
– AQuA & Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust Host Targeted Improvement Workshop In Manchester
– Mental Health AQuA Improvement Methodologies Course Is Launched
– Avoiding Unnecessary Hospital Admissions And Inappropriate A&E Attendances Of Children & Young People With Long Term Conditions
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June 2012 North West locality and regional benchmarked scorecards
Please see the June 2012 NW locality and regional benchmarked scorecards for older people combining health and social care data covering the period January – March 2012. These should be used in strategic conversations with health and social care teams regarding improvement and resource allocation.