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Seven days in medicine: 4-10 April 2018

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1588 (Published 12 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1588

Cancer diagnosis

New “one stop shops” aim to save lives

GPs in 10 areas in England who suspect that patients may have cancer can refer them to a rapid diagnostic and assessment centre being piloted as part of NHS England’s drive to speed up cancer diagnoses. The centres aim to end the repeated referrals and tests that people with non-“alarm” symptoms often undergo. The centres are at North Middlesex University Hospital, University College London Hospital, Southend University Hospital, Queen’s Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital, St James’s University Hospital, Airedale General Hospital, University Hospital South Manchester, the Royal Oldham Hospital, and Churchill Hospital.

Obesity

Soft drinks levy is “not enough” to tackle obesity

Parveen Kumar, chair of the BMA’s board of science, said that the soft drinks levy, introduced on 6 April, was “long overdue” and would go “some way towards reducing the prevalence of obesity in the UK.” But more needed to be done, she said, as “Tougher rules on junk food marketing aimed at children would begin to create a healthier environment for all.” Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said that “a society-wide approach [was needed] with schools, workplaces, local authorities, food and drinks manufacturers and public health bodies all playing a part.”

Drug misuse

Six in 10 drug death hotspots are coastal

Blackpool has had the highest death rate from heroin/morphine in England and Wales since 2010-12, with 14.0 deaths per 100 000 people in 2016, the Office for National Statistics found.1 This …

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