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.

Our patient information leaflets and medicine leaflets are also accredited by The Information Standard, a quality mark supported by the NHS England.

See our January 2015 updates below, or view previous updates.

New patient information leaflets, professional reference articles and medicine leaflets

Information leaflets
CA125 Blood Test (Target Ovarian Cancer)
Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing (NHS England)
Atrial Septal Defect
Dietary Tips for Vegetarians and Vegans
Subarachnoid Haemorrhage

Professional article
Atrial Septal Defect

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

NICE Intrapartum care: care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth,(Dec 2014)
PatientPlus articles - Normal Labour

NICE Colorectal cancer: The diagnosis and management of colorectal cancer,(Dec 2014)
PatientPlus articles - Colorectal Cancer
Information leaflets - Bowel (Colorectal) Cancer

NICE Pneumonia: Diagnosis and management of community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia in adults,(Dec 2014)
PatientPlus articles - Pneumonia
Information leaflets - Pneumonia

NICE Obesity: identification assessment and management of overweight and obesity in children young people and adults,(Nov 2014)
PatientPlus articles - Bariatric Surgery
Information leaflets - Surgery for Obesity

BASH Diagnosis and Management of Migraine, Tension-Type, Cluster and Medication-Overuse Headache, (2010 - reviewed 2014)
PatientPlus articles - Headache, Medication-overuse Headache and Headache Triggers, Primary Sexual Headache and Secondary Headache
Information leaflets - Headache and Medication-induced (Medication-overuse) Headache

Content revised as a result of routine review

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Ankle Joint Replacements
Anorexia Nervosa
Antifungal Medications
Arterial Blood Gases - Indications and Interpretation
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Benign Ovarian Tumours
Brain Natriuretic Peptide
Colour Vision and its Disorders
Community Care
Compartment Syndrome
Contact Lens Problems
Corticosteroids and Corticosteroid Replacement Therapy
Dacryocystitis and Canaliculitis
Discoid (Nummular) Eczema
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Emergency Contraception
Hereditary Spherocytosis
Infantile Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis
Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination
Medical Ethics
Obstetric Cholestasis
Occupational Burnout
Oesophageal Atresia
Pain and Pain Relief
Precautions with Patients with Diabetes Undergoing Surgery
Prescribing for Children
Ptosis and Lid Lag
Rhabdomyolysis and Other Causes of Myoglobinuria
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatological History, Examination and Investigations
Rubella and Pregnancy
Scheuermann's Disease
Shin Splints
Shoulder Dislocation
Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Anaemia
Sinding-Larsen Johansson Disease
Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
Thrombocytopenia and Platelet Function Disorders
Thyroid Lumps (including Goitre)
Ventricular Septal Defect
Vulval Lumps and Ulcers
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Ankle Injuries
Anorexia Nervosa
Antifungal Medicines
Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Chondromalacia Patellae
Coming off Antidepressants (RCPsych)
Compartment Syndrome
Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
Discoid Eczema
Emergency Contraception
Goitre (Thyroid Swelling)
Hereditary Spherocytosis
Ingrowing (Ingrown) Toenails
Leptospirosis and Weil's Disease
Leukaemia - A General Overview
MMR Immunisation
Name Changes of Medicines
Obstetric Cholestasis
Oral Steroids
Ovarian Cyst
Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS UK)
Preventing Infection after Splenectomy or if you do not have a Working Spleen
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)
Rubella (German Measles)
Rubella (German Measles) and Pregnancy
Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Anaemia
Sickle Cell Trait (Sickle Cell Carrier) and Sickle Cell Screening Tests
Sprains and Strains
Topical Anti-inflammatory Painkillers
Ventricular Septal Defect
Vulval Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Medicine leaflets 21
Acetylcysteine for dry eyes
Budesonide nasal spray
Carmellose sodium for dry eyes
Chloramphenicol for eye infections
Co-codamol for pain relief
Colestipol - a lipid-lowering medicine
Emergency hormonal contraception
Ephedrine for nasal congestion
Ethosuximide for epilepsy
Levofloxacin eye drops
Mefloquine for malaria prevention
Mometasone nasal spray
Moxifloxacin for eye infections
Polyvinyl alcohol for dry eyes
Pyridoxine tablets
Retigabine for epilepsy
Semisodium valproate for bipolar disorder
Sodium cromoglicate nasal spray
Sodium hyaluronate for dry eyes
Xylometazoline for nasal congestion

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 Injuries
Paleolithic Diet
Sports Injuries
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)
Orlistat (Xenical®) Healthy Eating Guide (Norfolk NHS)
Poo (Stool) Sample (Public Health England)

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
Fingolimod capsules

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

Content revised as a result of new guidance


Obesity in Adults
Obesity in Children

Cluster Headaches
Tension-type Headache

Obesity and Overweight in Adults
Obesity and Overweight in Children
Orlistat - Help With Weight Loss
Cluster Headaches
Tension-type Headache
Chronic Tension-type Headache
NovemberBipolar Disorder
Acute Severe Asthma and Status Asthmaticus
Asthma Action Plans
Bronchial Asthma
Diagnosing Childhood Asthma in Primary Care
Management of Adult Asthma
Management of Childhood Asthma
Occupational Asthma
Which Device in Asthma?
Drug Allergy
Bipolar Disorder
Asthma, Asthma - Peak Flow Diary
Asthma - Peak Flow Meter
Asthma - Picture Summary
Inhalers for Asthma
OctoberImmunisation Schedule (UK)
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
SeptemberChronic Kidney Disease

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

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

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

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

MarchLung Cancer
Lung Cancer
FebruaryProstate CancerProstate Cancer
JanuaryBarrett's Oesophagus
Neuropathic Pain and its Management
Barrett's Oesophagus
Neuropathic Pain

Content revised as a result of routine review