Research

Flu jab saves lives in heart failure

Flu vaccination seems to reduce both all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, according to research

Poor flu jab uptake linked to deprivation

People in the most socioeconomically deprived quintile accounted for 53 per cent of flu hospitalisations

Diabetes-related amputations rise by a fifth

The number of lower limb amputations caused by diabetes in England has risen by a fifth since the start of the decade

Marked rise in opioid prescribing

Opioid prescribing more than doubled in England between 1998 and 2016 according to a new analysis

AD patients a suicide risk

Atopic dermatitis (AD) patients are more than a third more likely to report suicidal ideation and make suicide attempts

Clinical briefing: A game changer for MS sufferers?

A new report raises the prospect that multiple sclerosis might soon be ‘preventable or functionally curable’

Fatty livers increase risk of most cancers

Rates of most types of cancer are higher in adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to new research  

Pharmacists help prevent AF-related strokes

A pharmacist-led programme has helped to reduce the number of stokes related to atrial fibrillation by a third

Clinical briefing: Aspirin and cancer

A growing body of evidence is suggesting that aspirin reduces the risk of certain cancers

Clinical briefing: Public vaping

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee says the use of e-cigarettes should be allowed in mental health facilities

Update on diabetes

Research continues to seek new ways to understand and treat this increasingly common disease

The NMS and hypertension: the way forward for pharmacy?

A study into the management of hypertension through the NMS offers some pointers for pharmacist-led care

Cannabis moves to the medical mainstream

It seems that well over 2,000 years after a Gushi shaman was buried with his stash, cannabis and cannabinoids are set to move into the medical mainstream.

Clinical briefing: Sexually transmitted superbug

Action is needed on Mycoplasma genitalium, which causes distressing symptoms in men, threatens fertility in women and could be on the verge of becoming an antibioticresistant superbug

Respiratory pathogens and asthma in children

A Canadian study found that of 958 children who experienced asthma treatment failure, 61.7 per cent tested positive for at least one respiratory pathogen

Withdrawal symptoms as well as addiction common with ADs

‘Withdrawal’ symptoms and ‘addiction’ are commonly reported by people taking antidepressants, according to an online survey study of 1,829 patients in New Zealand

Penicillin allergy linked to infections

New research suggests that penicillin allergy increases the risk of infections with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile

Are UK diets falling short?

With one in six people avoiding a food group, nutrient shortfalls are going to be a concern. We look at the findings from the latest National Diet & Nutrition Survey

Anti-epileptic drugs may increase dementia risk

Some anti-epileptic drugs may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests

PPIs may increase pneumonia risk

Research suggests an increase in pneumonia associated with ongoing PPI treatment

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Sigma day 1: contract negotiations to begin shortly

Negotiations on the new community pharmacy contractual framework are due to begin shortly, Brine tells conference

MHRA recalls heart and blood pressure medication

The MHRA has recalled three batches of blood pressure and heart medication Irbesartan due to contamination fears

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Where next for the NHS Long-Term Plan?

By Royal Pharmaceutical Society England board chair Sandra Gidley As the dust settles from the publication of the long-...

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Flu now circulating in the community

Most sufferers have a flu strain that is “well matched” to this year’s vaccine, PHE reports

Reflections on revalidation: part 7

In her last article in the current series, Asha Fowells submits her records and renews her registration

Drug related admissions in over-45s up 85%

Admissions have increased by 85 per cent in those aged 45 and over since 2007/08 (from 638 to 1,182)



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