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Insight

Tackling prescribed medicine dependence and withdrawal

Community pharmacists need to be part of the solution for the millions of people across the UK grappling with prescription drug dependence and withdrawal.

Smoking on the decline

The number of adult smokers has fallen by around 1.8 million in England over seven years.

Glaucoma: A clear role for pharmacy

Recent studies suggest that community pharmacists should be part of glaucoma management pathways 

Clinical briefing: 3D printing coming of age

Early 3D printers were expensive but prices have fallen dramatically and some companies and research groups are now exploring 3D printing’s potential

Lung cancer: A patient’s perspective

First hand accounts from lung cancer sufferers, plus guidance for pharmacists on the role they can play in promoting earlier diagnosis

Clinical briefing: Can pharmacists help diabetes remission?

A weight management scheme has helped to achieve remission in almost half of type 2 diabetes patients, with indications that the benefits persist

Conference call: Antibiotic resistance strategy

Professor Dame Sally Davies pulled no punches in her keynote address on the UK’s antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy

Clinical briefing: A health literate public?

The Government wants people to take more responsibility for their own health but are there knowledge gaps?

Clinical briefing: Pharmacists helping with osteoporosis risk

A programme demonstrating pharmacists' ability to identify osteoporosis risk is being highlighted by NICE

Clinical briefing: How far have we come on cancer survival?

Crucial advances have been made but there are still barriers to improving survival rates

Allergic rhinitis guidelines for pharmacists

The NGO ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma) recently published guidelines for pharmacists

Getting to grips with cannabis-based medicines

The reclassification of cannabis-based medicines was a big story in 2018. Here we look at some questions following on from the move

Asthma care gets smart

Our data-rich world could offer important new insights into asthma’s epidemiology and pathogenesis

When conceiving is a problem

Having some insight into assisted conception can transform any interaction when counselling women

Help, not harm: spotting the perils of self-harm

Would you recognise the signs if a young person were self-harming? And if you did, would you know what to do next?

Question every medicine

Polypharmacy is a disease in itself and one that can potentially have more serious consequences than the conditions for which multiple drugs have been prescribed, delegates at October's Pharmacy Show heard

After an organ transplant

Special attention needs to be paid to those patients who have had organ transplants because medication and dosage regimens can be complicated

Clinical briefing: Pharmacy flu jabs save NHS millions

Delivering flu vaccines through pharmacy is cheaper than from GPs and saves the NHS millions of pounds, our clinical editor writes

Clinical briefing: Malnutrition

The focus on excessive consumption and its effects on health often overshadow undernutrition, which remains surprisingly common in this country

Smoking cessation: Victory for vaping?

Pharmacy teams should use the ‘95 per cent less harmful’ figure to encourage smokers to make the switch to vaping, says PHE

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