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Research

‘Game changer’ for opioid dependence

Buvidal (buprenorphine prolonged release solution) allows weekly and monthly treatment of opioid dependence

Antipsychotics increase type 2 diabetes risk

Patients taking certain antipsychotics appear to be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, BMJ Open reports

HCV: DAAs reduce deaths and cancer

Direct-acting antivirals (DAA) seem to reduce mortality and hepatocellular carcinoma in people with chronic hepatitis C

Asthma rates falling

Researchers found that 6.52 per cent of the UK population had asthma in 2016 compared with 7.22 per cent in 2006

Vitamin D supplements help resistant TB

Vitamin D supplements accelerated clearance of multidrug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), according to a new analysis

Conference call: ASHP updates on opioid crisis

Opioid over-prescribing, medical cannabis and digital health developments were some of the topics covered

The antidepressant gamble

A research team is asking community pharmacists to help develop a tool to personalise treatment for depression

High street teeth whitening kits can damage teeth, study shows

Non-hydrogen peroxide OTC teeth whitening kits can harm teeth by reducing hardness and damaging the tooth surface

Pharmacists could manage some emergency admissions

‘Potentially pharmacist-manageable conditions’ accounted for 4.3 per cent of A&E visits in a Canadian study

New diabetes drug available

A new once-weekly injectable glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA), is available for type 2 diabetes

E-cigarettes shown to be more effective than NRT

E-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement therapy when combined with behavioural support

Pharmacists’ role in diabetes care highlighted

A new report highlights community pharmacy’s role in preventing and treating diabetes

Prescription opioids may increase pneumonia risk

Prescription opioids may increase the risk of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), research suggests

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

Poor flu jab uptake linked to deprivation

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

Flu jab saves lives in heart failure

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

AD patients a suicide risk

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

Marked rise in opioid prescribing

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

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  

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