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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for human health. It regulates calcium and phosphate homeostasis and is therefore vital for musculoskeletal functioning. In the UK, up to 50% of the adult population may be vitamin D insufficient following the winter months, with one in six being severely deficient. In this podcast, Dr Roger Henderson looks at who is most at risk of vitamin D deficiency, how it should be diagnosed, what treatment options are available and why unlicensed vitamin D preparations should not be recommended.
In this episode Dr Hannah Rosa and Dr Nicky Mulgrew discuss autism and the role we play within general practice. They focus on when we should refer children and adults to specialists to get a possible diagnosis of autism and also explore how we can adapt our workplaces and our communication styles to make our surgeries more comfortable places for autistic people to visit.
Back in 2009, the conclusion of the first Lancet Climate Change Commission was that “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st Century.” In response to this, in October 2020, the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to reaching carbon net zero, and in July 2022 it published its plan for delivery. So, what does all this mean for general practice? In this podcast episode, Dr Hannah Rosa shares her 10 practical sustainability tips for how we in primary care can make a difference.
In this episode, Dr Roger Henderson discusses the common problem of insomnia. He looks at what it is, how it is assessed, what causes it and ways of treating it. He also discusses simple tips patients can do at home that can cure one in three cases of insomnia without the need for any medication and mentions some famous people who suffered from insomnia along the way!
In this podcast, Dr Kate Chesterman discusses post-sepsis syndrome. She talks about the long-term implications for physical and mental health following sepsis and highlights the considerations for primary care clinicians in managing this cohort of individuals. She also discusses the role of the wider multidisciplinary team, including input from voluntary organisations.
Heat-related illnesses are increasing as a result of climate change. In this episode, Dr Roger Henderson looks at various aspects of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, including why they are different conditions and how to recognise them. He also talks about how they are treated and when hospital admission should be considered.
In this episode, Kate discusses gynaecomastia and its investigation and management in primary care. She talks us through an infographic produced by The Association of Breast Surgery called Guidance on Gynaecomastia and considers the following important questions: “who do I need to be worried about?”, “what investigations should I consider?” and “when should I make a referral?”.
In this episode, Kevin discusses thrombocytosis in the context of suspected cancer. How should an unexplained high platelet count be interpreted and managed in primary care? Which cancers are most commonly associated with thrombocytosis? Aside from underlying malignancy, what are the other possible causes? What further investigations and referrals should we consider, and when?

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