Clinical

Clinical briefing: Depression

An Australian study shows that community pharmacists can screen, assess risk and refer people with depression appropriately. Can't pharmacists in the UK would do the same?

Study highlights codeine dependence – a problem for pharmacy?

Pharmacies are a common source of codeine for dependent people but only one in 50 users seeks a pharmacist’s support

Statins cut CV mortality

Pravastatin reduces long-term cardiovascular mortality by more a quarter, even in men with markedly raised LDL-C levels

Quadrivalent flu jab launched

Sanofi Pasteur recently launched a quadrivalent influenza vaccine in the UK that protects against two A and two B strains

Update on type 2 diabetes

NICE has published guidelines to improve the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. We highlight some of the main points here

Do HbA1c levels need to be monitored more often?

Could regular monitoring of HbA1c offer a longer-term and better measure of glycaemic management?

Pancreatic cancer – the role of the pharmacy team

This module will help you spot potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer among pharmacy customers, to help aid early diagnosis 

Pharmacists could inject contraceptives

Community pharmacists could inject subcutaneous contraceptives but have concerns, research finds

Promising results for Bydureon

AZ's Bydureon does not increase the incidence of major CV events in patients with type 2 diabetes, research suggests

Pharmacists need to improve their examination skills

Reluctance to examine patients limits pharmacists’ clinical reasoning skills

Steroid phobia in eczema

Up to four in five patients with atopic dermatitis or their carers show “phobia” to topical corticosteroids

Clinical skincare: Psoriasis

Psoriasis increases the risk of developing other inflammatory disorders and its visible nature can lead to anxiety and depression

Obesity increases RA risk in women

A study presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology has shown that obese women have a higher RA risk

Aspirin may protect against breast cancer in diabetes

Long-term low-dose aspirin reduces the risk of breast cancer in women with diabetes

Pain linked to dementia

Persistent pain is associated with more rapid memory decline and increased risk of dementia, according to a new analysis

Community pharmacy and palliative care

This CPD module, which appears in the July 2017 edition of Pharmacy Magazine, looks at community pharmacy and palliative care

Complex conditions: Treatments for HIV and AIDS

Patients with HIV will receive most of their care in hospital, but there is still a role for community pharmacists

Cirrhosis increases chance of stroke occurrence

Liver cirrhosis is associated with an increased risk of stroke, researchers from New York report in JAMA Neurology

Childhood infections linked to coeliac disease

Infections in early life seem to increase the likelihood of developing coeliac disease, German researchers report

Vitamin D reduces fracture risk in children

Vitamin D supplements may reduce the fracture risk in children under the age of six years
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