Articles: Volume 9 Issue 2 Mar/Apr 2018

Editorial: Healthcare: ripe for disruption

Technological advances and shifts in consumer habits have wrought fundamental changes in industry after industry – retail, travel, entertainment. Healthcare is unlikely to be immune and consumers are beginning to expect their doctors to offer the same convenience and personalisation as online shopping with Amazon or ordering an Uber

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Practical approaches to diagnosis and management of nocturia

Nocturia is an under-reported and undertreated condition in primary care. In this article the authors provide GPs with practical recommendations and tools for the assessment, diagnosis and management of nocturia, using real clinical cases as examples. The recommendations are based on clinical evidence as well as the authors’ personal experiences

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Diagnosing and managing lower back pain over the last 40 years

Advances in imaging techniques over the last 40 years have transformed our knowledge and understanding of the pathological changes that can affect the lower back. This greater knowledge does not always lead to better outcomes from treatment for patients, as the author explains

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Role of CT colonography for primary colorectal cancer screening

Screening for colorectal cancer was introduced in the UK in 2007. It is proving effective, but uptake is relatively low in some parts of the country. In this article the authors describe the rationale behind screening and discuss the potential role for CT colonography as a screening tool

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Harold Hopkins: a visionary across specialties

Harold Hopkins, a genius in the world of optics, is well known to urologists for having revolutionised the practice of endourology through the development of fibre-optics and the rod lens system. Here, Jonathan Charles Goddard describes how the inspired work of Hopkins influenced and furthered science and medicine

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1 in 10: the diabetes crisis in men

Diabetes has been described as a national health emergency, but the burden of the disease on men has not been fully recognised or responded to by health policymakers and practitioners. One man in 10 now has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and a three-fold increase in the incidence of diabetes in middle-aged men has been predicted for the next 30 years. Peter Baker looks at the issues

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Obituary: George Forbes Abercrombie, 1935–2017

Byron Walmsley shares memories of George Forbes Abercrombie, a former president of the Section of Urology of the Royal Society of Medicine and a developer of the so called ‘rip and pluck’ method for Nephroureterectomy

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Donating equipment to Zimbabwe

Donating medical equipment to poorer countries is not as simple as it might seem. In this article the authors describe a donation and teaching programme undertaken by the charity Medi Tech Trust in Zimbabwe. They also discuss some of the challenges that donating equipment, both new and used, entails

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Journal watch

Mike Kirby, GP and Visiting Professor to the University of Hertfordshire and The Prostate Centre, London, picks some interesting recent papers and highlights the ‘take-home’ message

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