Research

Occupational sun exposure linked to cancers

Occupational sun exposure causes about one in 50 cutaneous malignant melanomas, equivalent to approximately one death from, and five new cases of, the cancer each week in Britain, new figures suggest

Acid suppression increases gastroenteritis risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists seem to increase the risk of bacterial gastroenteritis, according to research in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Obesity linked to asthma in children

Children with asthma seem more likely to become obese than those without asthma, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported recently

Deaths from cancer could fall by 400,000

Advances in detection, diagnosis and treatment mean that 400,000 fewer people will die from cancer in the next 20 years

Benefits confirmed for NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks prevent up to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes or deaths over five years, new research finds

Albuminuria linked to dementia

Albuminuria is associated with a 35 per cent increased risk of cognitive impairment or dementia, according to an analysis published in Neurology

Better prescribing could prevent thousands of strokes

Improved prescribing of anticoagulants, lipid-lowerers and antihypertensives could prevent 12,000 strokes a year

Inhaled steroids in COPD increase oral thrush risk

Inhaled corticosteroids for COPD appear to double the risk of developing oral thrush compared to long-acting bronchodilators

Use of adrenaline auto-injectors is poor

Most community pharmacists cannot use an adrenaline auto-injector correctly, reports Clinical & Experimental Allergy

Risk of falls increased by high-risk medicines

Almost two-thirds of falls among people over 65 years are caused by high-risk medication

Maternal RA increases epilepsy risk in young

Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop epilepsy, according to a Danish study

Pre-diabetes increases CVD risk

Pre-diabetes is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, new research finds

Vitamin D protective in pregnancy

Vitamin D levels during the second trimester predict the risk of pre-eclampsia and pre-term delivery

Significant increase in cancer predicted

Cancer cases in the UK could rise by more than 40 per cent between 2014 and 2035 if current trends continue

Five cases of malaria a day in the UK

Travellers import one case of malaria into the UK every five hours, according to new research

Pill increases risk of depression

Hormonal contraceptives seem to increase the risk of depression, particularly among adolescents, according to JAMA Psychiatry

NSAIDs linked to heart failure

Seven non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen, increase the risk of heart failure, study finds

Modest lifestyle changes almost eliminate CVD risk

Combining modestly lower LDL cholesterol and systolic blood pressure reduces lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease

Antidepressants used in pregnancy linked to epilepsy

Mothers who take antidepressants during early pregnancy seem to give birth to children at increased risk of epilepsy

Prescription drug abuse common

Abuse of prescription drugs, often sourced from internet pharmacies, is common, according to a recent study
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