Articles: Volume 5 Issue 6 Nov/Dec 2014

First word: a Christmas message

Britain’s men are facing an increasing risk of loneliness and social isolation. By 2030 the number of older men living alone is predicted to rise by two thirds. More than 1.2 million men over the age of 50 in England now say that they suffer …

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Men and alcohol: benefits and hazards

Alcohol is a clever molecule. It can act as catalyst in male bonding but as a solvent in many other relationships, being responsible for dissolving men’s partnerships, both personal and commercial. Business deals and marriages are toasted in alcohol, but ethanol conspires in many ruptures.
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The consequences of medical mistakes: the stakes are getting higher!

In February 2010, consultant colorectal surgeon David Sellu was referred and subsequently operated upon a patient with a perforated bowel who later died. The surgeon was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Roger Kirby …

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Management of incontinence after prostate surgery

In this article, the authors summarise the evaluation of the incontinent male and provide an overview of treatment strategies, particularly focusing on post-prostatectomy incontinence.
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Diabetes care: redefining the specialist role

Partha Kar explains how the ‘super six’ model of diabetes care redefines the role of a diabetes specialist, helping to bridge the divide between primary care and specialists.
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Men don’t get headache – do they?

The majority of troublesome headaches will be migraine, which is not difficult to diagnose and there are a number of effective treatment options. Although migraine headaches are more common in women, a significant number of men do experience them, but men are less likely to …

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Severe mental illness and the GP Quality and Outcomes Framework

Tony Kendrick outlines the rationale for the inclusion of performance targets and indicators for the care of people with severe mental illness in the Quality and Outcomes Framework, and discusses the impact this has had on unplanned hospital admissions for both mental and physical health …

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Surgery versus radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer

Even though there have been no controlled trials comparing the effectiveness of radical prostatectomy and radiotherapy for treatment of localised prostate cancer, there is substantial observational evidence in favour of surgery.
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Antibiotics in general practice

Christopher Brightman provides a brief account of the background to antibiotic treatment, describing those antibiotics that are most frequently used in general practice, with indications for their use.
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