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Primary care exercise interventions help increase physical activity levels

April 12, 2024
Lauren Nicolle
Exercise interventions delivered by health professionals in primary care settings appear to boost levels of physical activity and increase weight loss, according to new research.

Management of dysphagia

April 12, 2024
admin
Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) imposes a heavy burden on the NHS and patients, and can undermine nutrition, result in aspiration pneumonia, compromise quality of life, and hinder administration of solid medications. 

Managing female obesity

April 12, 2024
Dr Jane Wilcock
Obesity in women extends beyond CVD risks to contraception, conception, pregnancy, neonatal and cancer risks

Prevention of vitamin D deficiency

April 12, 2024
Judy More
Vitamin D deficiency remains a hot topic and GPs can play a vital role in ensuring the patient population meets the recommended levels

The obesity paradox in older age groups

April 12, 2024
David Haslam
Levels of obesity in the population increase with age until around 70 years, after which prevalence declines due to a number of factors including concurrent illness. This articles looks at management of obesity in the older patient.

Novel approaches to diet and exercise in obesity and type 2 diabetes

April 12, 2024
James E Brown
There is still a lack of effective obesity treatment options available and current diet and exercise regimes are often unsuccessful for the majority. There is also a paucity of licensed pharmaceutical options available for clinicians to treat obesity with, although new weight loss drugs are emerging.

A case of hypervitaminosis D in an older patient

April 12, 2024
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This case focuses on how a patient acquired a toxic and very high level of vitamin D while on a recommended daily maintenance dose. It emphasises the need for best practice to ensure patients' safety in terms of monitoring of vitamin D levels in patients with renal failure to prevent vitamin D toxicity.

Vitamin D in bone health: Where are we now?

April 12, 2024
Alison Bloomer
The role of vitamin D in the management of osteoporosis came under the spotlight recently after a study reviewed the results of 81 research trials of people aged 18 or over taking vitamin D supplements. It found no reduction in fractures or falls and no improvement in bone density in people taking the supplements and recommeded guidelines were adapted.

Spotlight: physical health risks of patients with an eating disorder

April 12, 2024
Dr Lee D Hudson
Although eating disorders present challenging psychological issues for professionals, short-term and long-term physical complications are also commonplace. Here, the author looks at some of these physical health risks

Hip fracture – why muscles really matter

April 12, 2024
Imogen Watson
Hip fractures account for one and a half million hospital bed days a year. Targeted nutrition for muscle health could play a critical role in preventing hip fractures and improving recovery rates in hip fracture patients. 

Spotlight: coeliac disease

April 12, 2024
Alison Bloomer
Coeliac disease is a chronic systemic autoimmune disorder induced by gluten proteins present in wheat, barley, and rye.

Causes and management of sarcopenia in older adults

April 12, 2024
Irfan Muneeb, Sakhawat Ali, Muhammad Josheel Naveed
Sarcopenia is defined as a progressive and generalised skeletal muscle disorder involving the accelerated loss of muscle mass and function.

Maintaining muscle strength to reduce falls risk: what we all need to know

April 12, 2024
Pavilion Health Today
Recorded on Wednesday 14th October 2020, presented by Dr Sanjay Suman. This webinar looks at falls risk in older populations and the role of muscle strength in gait balance and sarcopenia.

DNP and diet pills: the dangers of unregulated weight loss medication

April 12, 2024
Lauren Nicolle
When prescribed, diet pills can be an invaluable resource for people trying to lose weight. However, there are hundreds of unregulated diet pills available to buy online, some of which can be extremely dangerous.

Eating disorders: what should healthcare professionals know?

April 12, 2024
Lauren Nicolle
People with eating disorders are being repeatedly failed by the UK’s healthcare system, and this is partly due to a lack of training for healthcare professionals.

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