Content Updates

The editorial team creates accurate and up-to-date content reflecting reliable research evidence and latest recognised guidance.

Each month we aim to release around 80-100 new or revised documents, which makes us proud to say we have one of the most trusted and current information resources in the UK.

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See our November 2014 updates below, or view previous updates.

New patient information leaflets, professional reference articles and medicine leaflets

Information leaflets
5:2 Diet
Atkins Diet
Dukan Diet
Drug Allergy
STarT Back Screening Tool for Low Back Pain (Keele University)
Low Back Pain - STarT Back Information Leaflet (Keele University)
Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia (Toothpick)
Dental Implants (Toothpick)
Fillings and Crowns (Toothpick)
Root Canal Treatments (Toothpick)
Toothache (Toothpick)

Medicine leaflets
Fingolimod capsules

Content revised as a result of new guidance/articles, feedback, etc

NICE Bipolar disorder - the assessment and management of bipolar disorder in adults children and young people in primary and secondary care,(Sept 2014)
PatientPlus articles - Bipolar Disorder
Information leaflets - Bipolar Disorder

SIGN British guideline on the management of asthma,(Oct 2014)
PatientPlus articles - Acute Severe Asthma and Status AsthmaticusAsthma Action PlansBronchial AsthmaDiagnosing Childhood Asthma in Primary CareManagement of Adult AsthmaManagement of Childhood AsthmaOccupational Asthma and Which Device in Asthma?
Information leaflets - Asthma, Asthma - Peak Flow DiaryAsthma - Peak Flow MeterAsthma - Picture Summary and Inhalers for Asthma

NICE Drug allergy: diagnosis and management of drug allergy in adults children and young people, (September 2014)
PatientPlus article - Drug Allergy

Content revised as a result of routine review

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Acute Diarrhoea in Adults
African Trypanosomiasis
Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitors
Anti-arrhythmic Drugs
Assessment of Drug Dependence
Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome
Breaking Bad News
Breakthrough Bleeding with Combined Hormonal Contraception
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Brown-Séquard's Syndrome
Catatonia and Catalepsy
Cheyne-Stokes and Abnormal Patterns of Respiration
Chronic Cough in Children
Cicatricial Pemphigoid
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (First Prescription)
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (Follow-up and Common Problems)
Congenital Gastrointestinal Malformations
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Cutaneous Filariasis
Cutaneous Larva Migrans
Diverticular Disease
Dubin-Johnson Syndrome
Eisenmenger's Syndrome
Emergency Contraception
Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome
Erb's Palsy
Erythema Chronicum Migrans
Erythema Induratum
Erythema Marginatum Rheumatica
Erythema Multiforme
Fasciolopsis and Other Intestinal Flukes
Felty's Syndrome
Frontal Lobe Syndrome
Gastric Cancer
Gastroenteritis in Adults and Older Children
Granuloma Annulare
Helicobacter Pylori
History and Physical Examination
Holistic Medicine
Hookworm Infections
Iron-deficiency Anaemia
Löfgren's Syndrome
Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
Living with Skin Disease
Münchhausen's Syndrome
Mallory-Weiss Syndrome
Missed Contraceptive Pills
Nematodes (Roundworms)
Oesophageal Cancer
Ollier's Disease
Osgood-Schlatter Disease
Pelvic Abscesses
Progestogen-only Contraceptive Pill
Prominent Ears
Rectal Examination
Sickness Certification in Primary Care
Skin Manifestations of Systemic Disease
Spider Naevus
Testicular Cancer
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Trauma Assessment
Trauma Triage and Scoring
Trichuriasis (Whipworm)
Tuberous Sclerosis
Urinary Tract Stones (Urolithiasis)
Wilson's Disease
Writer's Cramp
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ACE Inhibitors
Absolute Risk and Relative Risk
Acute Diarrhoea in Adults
Antithyroid Medicines
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill
Coughs and Colds in Children
Disability Living Allowance for Children
Diverticula (including Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease and Diverticulitis)
Emergency Contraception
Gastroenteritis in Adults
Glue Ear
H2 Blockers
Helicobacter Pylori and Stomach Pain
Help With Health Costs
Iron-deficiency Anaemia
Kidney Stones
Leukaemia - A General Overview
Mallory-Weiss Syndrome
Oesophageal Cancer
Operations for Glue Ear
Osgood-Schlatter Disease
Progestogen-only Contraceptive Pill
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
Testicular Cancer
Thiazide Diuretics
Wilson's Disease
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Anastrozole for breast cancer
Emergency hormonal contraception
Captopril - an ACE inhibitor
Co-amoxiclav for infections
Co-beneldopa for Parkinson's disease
Co-careldopa for Parkinson's disease
Fluconazole for fungal infections
Fluvastatin tablets and capsules
Irbesartan - an angiotensin receptor blocker
Miconazole for oral thrush
Moexipril - an ACE inhibitor
Nebivolol - a beta-blocker
Nicardipine capsules
Podophyllotoxin for anogenital warts
Rivaroxaban tablets
Rosuvastatin tablets
Tiaprofenic acid for pain and inflammation
Toremifene for breast cancer

Previous 2014 updates

Click here to see 2013 updates.

New information leaflets
Scrotal Lumps/Pain/Swelling - Sharing Your Information
Advice for Travelling to Remote Locations
Gallstones Diet Sheet
Smell and Taste Disorders (Fifth Sense)
Type 2 Diabetes Healthy Eating Sheet (Diabetes UK)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Problem Gambling (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Postpartum Psychosis (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
What to expect of your psychiatrist in the UK (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Domestic Violence
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
Recreational Drugs
Coeliac Disease Diet Sheet
An Introduction to Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS)
End of Life Care
Travel Vaccinations
Parents Leaflet (Royal College of General Practitioners)
Young People's Leaflet (Royal College of General Practitioners)
BCG Immunisation
Living with a Long-term Condition
Personal Health Budgets
What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychotherapist? (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Behavioural Problems and Conduct Disorder (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
IgA Nephropathy (Berger's Disease)
Newborn Baby Screening Tests
Eating Disorders in Young People (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Lewy Body Dementia (Lewy Body Society)
Diets Suitable for People with Anaemia
Sepsis (Septicaemia)
Spina Bifida
Tips for Dealing with Lactose Intolerance
Calcium-rich Diet
Suicidal Thoughts
Dealing with Tantrums (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Schizophrenia - Information for Young People (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Worries and Anxieties - Information for Young People (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Worries and Anxieties - Helping Children to Cope (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Depression in Young People - Helping Children to Cope (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Obsessive–compulsive Disorder in Children and Young People (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Self-harm in Young People (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
Hamstring Injury
Paleolithic Diet
Sports Injuries

New medicine leaflets
Asenapine tablets
Ketotifen eye drops for hay fever
Nalmefene tablets
Ingenol mebutate gel
Metronidazole vaginal gel for bacterial vaginosis
Azithromycin eye drops
Dasatinib tablets
Erlotinib tablets
Mirabegron for urinary symptomsEverolimus tablets
Gefitinib tablets
Lapatinib tablets
Nilotinib capsules
Ponatinib tablets
Sorafenib tablets
Sunitinib capsules
Vandetanib tablets
Pamidronate disodium
Pyrazinamide for tuberculosis
Diclofenac gel for sun damage
Felbinac for pain and inflammation
Sirolimus to prevent organ rejection
Dronedarone tablets
Linaclotide capsules
Lubiprostone for constipation
Rifaximin for traveller's diarrhoea
Topiramate for epilepsy
Lixisenatide for diabetes
Propantheline tablets
Prucalopride for constipation
Rifaximin for liver problems
Fenticonazole for vaginal thrush

New patientplus
Domestic Violence
A Brief Guide to Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS)
Travel Vaccinations

Content revised as a result of new guidance

Month PatientPlus Information
October Immunisation Schedule (UK)
Migraine, Migraine Management
Migraine Prophylaxis in Adults
Migraine in Children
Cervical Screening (Cervical Smear Test)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination
Immunisation - Usual UK Schedule
Medicines to Treat Migraine Attacks
Medicines to Prevent Migraine Attacks
September Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease
Mild-to-moderate Chronic Kidney Disease
Cervical Screening (Cervical Smear Test)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunisation
August Influenza
Influenza Vaccination
Lassa Fever, Marburg and Ebola Virus
Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Skin
Influenza and Flu-like Illness
Influenza Immunisation

July Hyperlipidaemia
Lipid-regulating Drugs (including Statins)
Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases
Statins and Other Lipid-lowering Medicines
June Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Flutter
Atrial Fibrillation

May Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Scarlet Fever
Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Scarlet Fever
April Progestogen-only Subdermal Implants
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) 2014-2015
Contraceptive Implant

March Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer
February Prostate Cancer Prostate Cancer
January Barrett's Oesophagus
Neuropathic Pain and its Management
Barrett's Oesophagus
Neuropathic Pain

Content revised as a result of routine review

Month PatientPlus Information Medicines
October 44 39 22
September 38 12 19
August 61 13 20
July 49 19 20
June 75 21 14
May 43 13 17
April 53 17 16
March 55 17 21
February 56 21 18
January 46 24 20