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Updated sepsis guidelines in UK

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the health watchdog in England, has issued updated guidance recommending that people who are severely...

New Crohn’s guidelines highlight use of stool biomarkers

New guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association recommend biomarkers found in blood and stools be used in the management of Crohn’s disease, sparing some...

Updated US guidelines urge more lung cancer screening

Updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommend that around 5m additional people should be screened for lung cancer, including older adults who...

WHO releases AMR guidelines

The World Health Organisation has released a package of 13 interventions to guide prioritisation when developing, implementing and monitoring action plans on antimicrobial resistance...

New draft ethics guidelines create confusion

A long overdue and much needed revised draft version of South Africa’s Ethics Guidelines – last updated in 2015 – has been released to...

New guidelines for determining brain death

An updated set of guidelines to determine brain death was released in the US this week, the first amended recommendations in more than a...

Swedish study changes guidelines for genetic breast cancer tests

A recent study has had implications for genetic breast cancer investigations and criteria for who should be offered testing, with Swedish national guidelines for...

CDC issues new guidelines on sepsis management

The US Centres for Disease Control & Prevention has released new guidelines for hospitals to detect and treat sepsis, a factor in 1.7m admissions...

How to identify sudden cardiac arrest risk in young people

Although often seen as an issue for the elderly, sudden cardiac arrest – responsible for 65 000 deaths in Germany annually – can also...

WHO issues new advisory for global Covid response plans

With Covid-19 no longer classified as a pandemic, the WHO has issued new standing recommendations for member states, said Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus...

Updated US guidelines for colorectal cancer screenings

Asymptomatic, average-risk adults are encouraged to start screening at 50 for colorectal cancer, and to stop screening after 75, according to updated guidelines from the American College of...

Major German guidelines revision shifts asthma treatment focus

Asthma has long been associated with the use of inhalers to control symptoms, but new, updated guidelines created by the German Respiratory Society, with...

New WHO guidelines call for laws against unhealthy food marketing

New guidelines released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are aimed at pushing governments to enforce stricter regulations on marketing unhealthy foods high in...

Aspartame to join WHO's cancer risk list, but industry calls for evidence

After 40 years of widespread global use, aspartame is to be declared as a possible carcinogen by the WHO but some experts disagree with...

US panel recommends regular anxiety tests for under-65s

As America confronts a massive mental health crisis, the US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that everyone under 65 should be regularly screened...

Systematic review confirms concussion brain injury risk for athletes

Professional athletes who get hit on the head have much more risk of neurological disease in later life, according to the sixth international consensus...

Hormone therapies best for menopause symptoms, new review finds

Experts say hormone therapy remains the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (VMS) and should be considered for healthy menopausal women within a decade...

Migraine pill might soon be an NHS option

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has recommended that a Pfizer drug be an option on the UK's NHS for migraine...

US health chief warns of social media perils for youngsters

The United States has issued a public advisory to American parents about the risks of social media to young people, urging them to fully...

Vital for women to know their BP, say cardiologists

With data suggesting that one in three women worldwide suffers from high blood pressure (hypertension), and with cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of...

Regular mammograms from 40, US experts now say

Alarmed by an increase in breast cancer diagnoses among younger women and persistently high death rates among black women in particular, US health experts...

WHO warning about weight-loss drugs as obesity guidelines amended

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which is carrying out its first review of obesity management guidelines in more than two decades, has warned that...

Artificial sweetener warning from WHO

The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has taken umbrage at the WHO’s warning this week about non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) being used to control weight or...

Loneliness as hazardous as smoking, obesity, US Surgeon-General warns

Loneliness presents a profound public health threat akin to smoking and obesity, US Surgeon-General Vivek Murthy warned in an advisory this week, and could...

New UK concussion guidelines make players ‘sit it out’

Under new British guidance for grassroots rugby, football and other sports clubs, anyone with suspected concussion must be immediately removed from the game and...

NHS suggests alternative to epidural for labour

Women in labour should be offered an alternative to an epidural spinal block injection, say new draft guidelines for the NHS, which recommend an option...

FDA sets new rules for dense breasts cancer warning

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced new standards, making it compulsory for mammogram providers to tell women with dense breast tissue,...

Adults should screen at least once for hepatitis B – CDC recommendation

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says all adults should be screened at least once in their lifetime for hepatitis B,...

Parents too quick to medicate children's fevers – US poll

Some parents may reach for medication too quickly when children feel warm, say researchers, cautioning that while a warm forehead is often an indication...

Stub out smoking before surgery, urges anaesthesiologist society

Giving up smoking before surgery has been recommended by experts, who say quitting even just a day or two before the procedure can be...

US childhood obesity guidelines now include drugs and surgery

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has released new guidelines for treating childhood obesity that emphasise a need for early and intensive treatment which, for...

Global depression guidelines lack withdrawal advice – Danish review

Current global depression guidelines offer incomplete guidance for clinicians to identify antidepressant withdrawal, says a team of specialists after studying data from a review...

‘Mini-strokes’ need urgent assessment and follow-ups – AHA

Stroke symptoms that disappear in under an hour (known as a transient ischaemic attack – TIA – or warning stroke), need emergency assessment to help...

Mixed reaction to Canada's new two drinks a week only guideline

New alcohol guidelines recommending that Canadians limit themselves to just two drinks a week – and ideally cut alcohol altogether – have prompted intense...

First US guidelines for combination of cannabis and anaesthesia

Surgical patients scheduled for anaesthesia should be screened for cannabis use, and if necessary, the operation delayed or rescheduled, according to new guidelines from...

US 'gold standard' diabetes guidelines raises BP, lipids targets

New, more aggressive targets for blood pressure and lipids are among the changes to the annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Care in Diabetes — 2023,...

WHO about-turn on preterm babies' contact with mothers before incubation

Skin-to-skin contact with their mothers before incubation is now being recommended for premature or small newborns who are clinically unstable, says the World Health...

Shorter, simpler DR-TB regimen in the pipeline for South Africa

If all goes according to plan, South Africa will, once again, be the world’s first in improving drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) treatment. Spotlight reports that work...

Co-sleeping with your infant unsafe – American Academy of Paediatrics

The American Academy of Paediatrics (APP) this week warned against parents co-sleeping with their babies in its first update to its safe sleep guidelines...

CDC eases guidelines on opioid prescribing for chronic pain

A proposed update to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) controversial 2016 guidelines on opioid prescribing has abandoned its influential recommendations...