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New research highlights potential analgesic risks on health outcomes

Analgesics for neuropathic pain and opioids may increase the risk of obesity and hypertension, according to new research

Cardiovascular risk rises with COPD treatments

A large increase in CVD incidence takes place within 30 days of starting certain COPD therapies, research finds

Probiotics alleviate childhood eczema

Probiotics can reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis and cut topical steroid use, according to a new study

Hypoglycaemia risk ranked

Sulfonylureas are associated with a higher likelihood of serious hypoglycaemia than metformin or thiazolidinediones

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

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

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

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

Breastfeeding reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

Breastfeeding reduces the chance of developing CVD by about 10 per cent, says new research

Long-term aspirin increases bleeding risk in over-75s

Previous studies may have underestimated the risks of upper GI bleeding in elderly patients who take daily aspirin

Early treatment in MS improves outcomes

Early treatment of highly active multiple sclerosis improves patient outcomes, according to new research

Antihypertensive non-adherence is commonplace

Two in five people do not adhere fully to their antihypertensive medication or even take it at all
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