Friday, February 26, 2010

NHS Evidence Update: Chest Pain

The Cardiovascular Specialist Collection of NHS Evidence presents the findings, and expert commentary, from focused searches of the high quality evidence, from systematic reviews published since the last Evidence Update on Chest Pain in February 2009.

Evidence Update is availalble here.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hinchingbrooke Hospital - developments

Hinchingbrooke Hospital looks set to become one of the first hospitals in the country to be run by a private firm after the last NHS bidder withdrew.

Reports from the BBC and the Times.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

check / renew your loans with ease

The sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed a new link on the library homepage: Library Account & Renewals on the right-hand menu.

This a quick and easy way of checking what books you have on loan, and requesting renewal of the loans. You can also do a quick search of the catalouge and make reservations (but only on books currently on loan!).

Just log in with your library card bardcode number and your surname, and I hope the rest is straight forward - though do please ask library staff for help if not.

If you use iGoogle, or Facebook you can load this "widget" into these pages - get help and instructions here.

No excuse now for not knowing when your books are due back!

Journal Watch

Care of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine - the latest edition of Richard Lehman's Journal Watch - "a personal comment on articles from the main medical journals selected for their interest to doctors (and a few others!)"

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Frontline Diaries

Along with other organisations Doctors of the World / M├ędecins du Monde have been sending volunteers to Haiti following the earthquake.

"Dr Christopher Bulstrode, an Oxford surgeon flew out to Haiti for Doctors of the World on Sunday 24th January to help treat victims of the devastating earthquake. During the three weeks he is due to spend on the island, he will be helping run mobile clinics."

Read his blog on his experiences there....

"I wonder if you have lived a day which has changed your life. Well I suppose that I just have. This was my first day doing surgery in Haiti. I don’t want to get into gory details but I have never seen anything like this in all my life. They tell me that last week was much worse. Well all I can say is that I am glad that I didn’t see it."

Monday, February 01, 2010

NHS Evidence Urinary incontinence - Annual Evidence Updates

Women's health is holding its second Annual Evidence Update (AEU) on Female Urinary Incontinence from Monday 1 February.

This 2010 Evidence Update builds on the accumulated knowledge-base and provides up-to-date summaries of the latest evidence in the management of stress and urge urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. Specific topics include: sacral neuromodulation for urinary storage and voiding dysfunction; pharmacotherapy for stress urinary incontinence; the use of botulinum toxin in the management of overactive bladder syndrome (OAB), and conservative management of stress urinary incontinence.

The 2010 Annual Evidence Update on Male Urinary Incontinence is also being launched that day, in advance of the publication of the NICE guidelines on the Management of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Men later this year.

This AEU updates the high-quality evidence and commentaries presented in early 2009 on: post-prostatectomy and urinary incontinence; Botulinum Toxin A; conservative management; male and female quality of life studies; stress urinary incontinence and surgery; stress urinary incontinence and drug treatment; urgency urinary incontinence and surgery; and urgency urinary incontinence and drug treatment. We also present the RCTs and lower level evidence published in 2009 on Botulinum Toxin A and male urinary incontinence.