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  • The Hot Topics podcast from NB Medical brings you the latest in general practice current affairs, reviews the latest research relevant to primary care, explores interesting and important topics in-depth, and looks at cutting edge medicine.
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  • Sep 30 2022

    Welcome to the new Hot Topics podcast from NB Medical with Dr Neal Tucker.  After a whirlwind week where general practice has been populistically politicised on all sides, in this episode we stay on safer ground and look at new research.

    The BMJ highlights the future risk of cardio- and cerebrovascular disease after gestational diabetes, even without overt diabetes, but offers some good news regarding the optimisation of risk factors. JAMA introduces roflumilast for chronic psoriasis, as a cream, not a tablet. And the NEJM explores whether there is a role for bronchodilators in people with COPD who don't have COPD - symptomatic smokers with preserved lung function.


    Best research title of the podcast award
    BMJ GDM and CVD risk
    BMJ GDM and modifiable risk factors
    JAMA Roflumilast for psoriasis
    NEJM Bronchodilators for smoking Sx with preserved lung function

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    20 mins
  • Sep 9 2022

    Welcome back to the new series of the Hot Topics podcast from NB Medical with Dr Neal Tucker.  A sober start with the death of the Queen yesterday and reflecting on the pressures of general practice and the profoundly sad story of Gail Milligan. 

    But the progress of medicine never stops and there is research to discuss:

    • Papers in the BMJ on whether artificial sweeteners cause harm, and whether supplementing vitamin D really does reduce respiratory and covid infection risk.
    • A Lancet paper on autoimmune disease and an increase in cardiovascular risk, but in whom and how much?
    • Another Lancet paper on the actual rates of statin-induced muscle pain (a little but not a lot...)
    • And a NEJM on whether hacking diabetes monitors and insulin pumps is a safe thing to do.

    Plus until the 12th of September, we have our Back to School NB Plus offer which you can find here.


    BMJ Sweeteners
    BMJ Vit D
    BMJ Cod liver oil
    Lancet autoimmune & CVD risk
    Lancet statins & muscle pain
    NEJM Open-source automated insulin delivery systems

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    23 mins
  • Aug 3 2022

    Welcome to a new Hot Topics Podcast from NB Medical with Dr Neal Tucker.  It's the summer holidays! We hope a little pressure is off at your practices and you might even get a break yourself. 

    In this podcast, we discuss the latest news including whether GPs simply aren't working hard enough and debate a £10 charge for DNAs.

    In research, we look at new data from JAMA suggesting patients are at increased risk of MI shortly after a flare of gout, a fantastic paper in the BJGP presenting data showing how it may be possible to improve early identification of colorectal cancer based on common symptoms and blood results, and more from the BJGP with qualitative research exploring the barriers to shared decision making in patients with multimorbidity.


    JAMA Gout and acute CVD
    BJGP Early Identification of CRC
    BJGP Shared decision making and multimorbidity

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    20 mins

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