Category Reviews

Ear problems: Sound advice

Ear problems are a common occurrence. Most children will experience at least one ear infection, while adults often have issues with hearing loss due to age or noise exposure

Reaching hardcore smokers

With 7.6 million people estimated to still smoke in the UK, spending cuts by local councils are hitting stop smoking services hard. So how can pharmacies reach these hardcore smokers?

Pregnancy 101

Pregnant women have access to plenty of health information but it can often become overwhelming. So what do the experts say about common concerns from conception to birth?

Making eye contact

It is important to be able to differentiate between common eye complaints and more serious medical conditions

Winter ailments: Help cut the queues

Winter provides the perfect opportunity for pharmacy to ease the pressure on GP surgeries and A&E departments

Bladder weakness: Tapping into a growing market

What does your pharmacy offer customers who need help with bladder weakness?  

Problems of the lower GI tract

Some symptoms of lower gastrointestinal disorders can be vague and overlapping, so careful questioning of customers is required

Baby and child health

By offering good advice, pharmacy teams can play a vital role in helping parents deal with self-limiting childhood ailments

Supplements: Update on vitamin D

Everyone needs an intake of vitamin D equivalent to 10mcg (400iu) daily to help maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles

Supplements: What’s the evidence?

Millions of people take vitamin and mineral supplements, but what’s the evidence concerning the most popular nutrients?

Allergies: Scratching the surface

Allergy rates have been rising for decades and we still don’t really know why. So what can be done to help sufferers?

Time to think topical

With topical analgesics driving growth in the musculoskeletal pain category, now is the time to think beyond skin deep

Leg & foot care: Best foot forward

Feet are usually shoved in shoes and ignored but paying them a bit of attention can make a big difference

Insomnia & stress: Wake-up call

It is important that pharmacists understand the health consequences of long-term stress and sleep disruption

Headache & migraine: Knock it on the head

Migraine can blight the lives of those affected but there is plenty pharmacists can do to lessen its impact on patients

Women's health: Fake news or actual fact?

Separating fact from fiction when it comes to women’s health – what pharmacists can do to help

Travel health: Travellers checks

Travellers can suffer from a range of health ailments. Here we consider some typical scenarios pharmacists might encounter

Sun safety: Rays awareness

Melanoma skin cancer rates are increasing fast. Pharmacy teams need to hammer home the sun safety message

Pet health: Puppy love... (and other animals)

Pharmacists must be able to recommend the most appropriate treatments for fleas, ticks and worms in their customers’ pets

Hayfever: The right response

Hayfever affects people in different ways and, depending on the circumstances, the advice pharmacists offer needs to be different too
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