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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

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.

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

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

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

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

People with epilepsy more likely to die early

People with epilepsy are two to three times more likely to die prematurely than the rest of the population, research suggests

PPIs may increase pneumonia risk

Research suggests an increase in pneumonia associated with ongoing PPI treatment

Patients aren’t disclosing their symptoms

Patients do not fully disclose symptoms during many consultations in UK primary care, new research reveals

PDE5 inhibitors are linked to hearing loss

PDE5 inhibitors, such as sildenafil, are associated with a “small but significantly increased risk” of sudden hearing loss

Paracetamol as effective as opioids, research finds

Non-opioid analgesics improved pain-related function over 12 months as much as opioids in back or osteoarthritic pain

Oral pain, children and pharmacy

Oral pain is the commonest reason why parents visit a pharmacy for pain relief for children, new research shows

Inhaled corticosteroids linked to COPD fractures

Long-term use of high dose inhaled corticosteroids is associated with a “modest” increased risk of fractures in COPD patients

Asthma drugs linked to fertility problems?

Short-acting beta-agonists (SABAs) may reduce fertility, according to the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints study

Is migraine a risk factor for CVD?

Researchers have linked migraine to most CV diseases – and there is a strong stroke connection as well

Benefits of smoking cessation drugs decline over time

The proportion of smokers who benefit from smoking cessation medications declines during the first year of treatment

One cigarette a day is one too many

Smoking just one cigarette a day is associated with at least half the risk of developing CHD or a stroke as smoking 20 per day

Consumers don’t appreciate risks with OTC medicines

Patients believe non-prescription medicines are too weak to cause any real harm and can overdose, US research finds

Eyelid cancer on rise

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) affecting the eyelids is becoming commoner in England, according to new research

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