NICE calls for tailored care for complex, long term health conditions

Nice_logo   The number of people with many long-term health conditions is set to rise and physicians need to discuss both the benefits and any adverse effects of treatments with patients.

Aimed at healthcare professionals, GPs and physicians, a new NICE guideline (Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management, NG56) sets out ways to put patients with complex health issues at the heart of decisions about their care, including how to decide between different medicines and treatments. It should also help clinicians to work with their patients to  deliver person centred care suited to their needs.

The news release can be read here and the full guideline is Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management NICE guideline [NG56]

Clarity is needed on plans for digital NHS, says think tank

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The government and NHS leaders must set out a clear and compelling plan for expanding the use of digital technology to avoid losing the commitment of clinicians, the King’s Fund has said.

Digital technology can transform how patients engage with services, drive improvements in efficiency and care coordination, and help people manage their health and wellbeing, the think tank said in its report, A Digital NHS?

However, it said that expectations might have been set too high amid financial and operational pressures and that there was a lack of clarity about the funding available to support the work.

Burns from e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems

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With increasing use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) globally, the debate surrounding the potential harms or benefits may shift to ensuring that the devices are manufactured, marketed, and sold according to standards that reduce harm and promote health. Burns from overheating or explosions of ENDS are an emerging and under-researched concern. In light of the recent ruling that grants the US Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate ENDS1 and as their use becomes widespread worldwide, a clinical, public health, and regulatory framework to reduce ENDS related burns is needed.

Eggs or peanuts in early infant diet may cut allergy risk

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Introducing eggs or peanuts early into infants’ diet is associated with a lower risk of developing egg or peanut allergy, says a systematic review of the evidence published in JAMA.

The review found “moderate certainty” evidence that introducing eggs to the infant diet at 4 to 6 months was associated with reduced egg allergy and that introducing peanuts at 4 to 11 months was associated with reduced peanut allergy when compared with later introduction of these foods.

NHS winter pressures are becoming an all year reality, warn experts

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The type of intense extra workload pressure often experienced by the NHS in winter has become a year long experience, say experts responding to the publication of the latest official data on the performance of the NHS in England.

NHS England’s combined performance summary data show an NHS that is missing many of its targets and hitting new record lows for performance in some areas.