Research

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

Inhaled corticosteroids increase the risk of pneumonia

Inhaled corticosteroid use could be linked to pneumonia, according to a Canadian study

Extend MURs and NMS in young people?

There is scope to extend NMS reviews and MURs in children, young people and their carers, new research suggests

Pharmacist-led reviews improve diabetes control

Pharmacist-led review of people with type 2 diabetes markedly improved disease control, according to new research

SGLT-2 inhibitors cut hospitalisations and deaths

SGLT2 inhibitors found to reduce heart failure hospitalisations by more than a third

Smoking increases reoperation rates after joint replacement

Smokers are more likely to need another operation following an infection within 90 days of a joint replacement

Antidepressants might increase hip fracture risk

Antidepressant use might lead to hip fracture, according to a new study from Finland

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

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