Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick (1924-2017)

The first woman president of the Royal College of Physicians and a giant of respiratory medicine, Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, has died aged 92.
During her final illness, in which she developed pneumonia in the right lung where she had once suffered tuberculosis, she was looked …

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Increase HIV testing, says NICE

NICE is recommending increased HIV testing in hospitals and GP practices in areas of high prevalence. In its recent Quality Standard (QS157), NICE proposes that hospitals test patients when admitted or when attending emergency departments. In general practice it says that patients registering or having …

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Black icons raise prostate cancer risk awareness

Over half of GPs (51%) aren’t aware of the increased risk of prostate cancer faced by black men. Even in areas with higher black populations a third are still not aware of the raised risk. One in four black men will get prostate cancer compared to …

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UK lagging in gastro surgery

The UK is lagging behind the rest of Europe in gastric surgery, according to leading surgeons speaking at an International Conference in London.
France, with a population similar to that of Britain, carries out 37 000 obesity operations a year, compared with just 5000 in the …

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PrEP trial starts at last

After a lot of wrangling and delay, NHS England has announced the start of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV prevention pilot trial.
From September, PrEP will be provided by the NHS through an initial three-year trial to an estimated 10 000 people, in what NHS England …

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What’s the bleeding time?

The creator of Sir Lancelot Spratt, Richard Gordon, has died aged 95. Richard Gorden was the pen name for anaesthetist Dr Gordon Stanley Ostlere, who left medicine to write both fiction and nonfiction over a 50-year career.
Doctor in the House was his most famous book …

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Long-term testosterone benefits

Long-term testosterone treatment can improve sexual and urinary function in men with hypogonadism, according to a study published in The Journal of Urology (doi:10.1016/j.juro.2017.07.039).
Investigators evaluated data on men with total testosterone levels of 12.1nmol/L or less and symptoms of hypogonadism assigned to parenteral testosterone undecanoate …

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Active surveillance as safe as surgery

Active surveillance is a safe choice for men who are diagnosed with localised prostate cancer, according to a recent study.
After at least 12 years of follow-up, results from the PIVOT trial, published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2017;377:132–42), show no difference in all cause …

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Blood test predicts prostate tumour resistance

A new blood test developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich can detect drug resistance in patients with advanced prostate cancer (Eur Urol 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2017.07.024).
The new blood test identifies AR-V7 RNA in the blood. AR-V7 is an androgen receptor variant that is …

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British Association of Urological Nurses annual awards 2017

The BAUN awards are now open for entry. There are three award categories that recognise and celebrate excellence in urology nursing.

BAUN Urology Nurse of the Year award

This award recognises a nurse who has gone above and beyond their role and someone who has demonstrated …

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