Insight

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

Advances in multiple sclerosis therapy

The advances made in recent years in the understanding of, and ability to treat, multiple sclerosis have been remarkable

Health screening: DIY dilemma

With technological advances boosting the rise in self-test diagnostic kits, what does this mean for pharmacy?

Antibiotic resistance is everyone’s problem

Antibiotic prescribing is declining, but only slowly – so are there grounds for optimism in the fight against resistance?

Age-old problems: improving care for older people

A key priority for today’s NHS is to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population. So where does pharmacy fit in?

Unprecedented rise in scarlet fever in England

England is experiencing an unprecedented rise in scarlet fever, with rates seeing a seven-fold increase

Clinical briefing: Depression

An Australian study shows that community pharmacists can effectively screen, assess risk and refer people with depression

Clinical briefing: Group B streptococcus screening

Why has the NHS decided against offering screening for early-onset group B streptococcal infection?

Clinical briefing: Drug-plant interactions

The popularity and widespread use of herbal medicines raises the prospect of potentially serious drug-plant interactions

MS and diet: a neurological enigma variation

Multiple sclerosis seems set to join the growing number of conditions linked to obesity and diet

Old drugs, new tricks

More than a century after their discovery, we are still learning about risks and benefits of aspirin and paracetamol

Oral health: a winning smile may prevent CVD

Improving oral health may prevent cardiovascular events and breast cancer – and even save lives

Saturday reflections: Missing piece in the diabetes jigsaw?

Could technology prove to be the missing piece in the great diabetes malady jigsaw?

New year reflections: Giving vaccines a helping hand

Why are some people still so reluctant to recognise the health benefits that vaccination confers?

Bridging the gap

Are community pharmacies the key to bridging the gap in the provision of health services in deprived parts of the country?

Fighting flu fatigue

Are we suffering from a bad case of flu fatigue, asks our clinical editor
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