Research

Update: Half the population living with chronic pain

Up to half of the population in the UK lives with chronic pain, according to a new meta-analysis of 19 studies

Update: Statins may increase diabetes risk

Statins may increase the risk of developing diabetes, cautions a study in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

Update: COPD treatment adherence falls “precipitously” early on

Adherence to maintenance treatments for COPD falls sharply in the first six months of treatment, researchers find

Update: Flu jab cuts dementia risk in heart failure patients

Influenza vaccination is associated with a lower risk of dementia in patients with heart failure

Update: Pharmacy expanding its reach among the young

Younger customers are using pharmacies for a wider range of services than just collecting prescribed medication

Update: COPD exacerbations speed lung function loss

Even mild COPD exacerbations accelerate loss of lung function, researchers find

Update: Medical errors third leading cause of death in US

Could the UK be underestimating the prevalence of medical errors, the third leading cause of death in the US?

AF patients still at risk from stroke

Patients with AF could be at risk of stroke as they are receiving either no preventative treatment or taking only aspirin

Ignorance still persists over antibiotic use

People trust pharmacists for information about antibiotics, report finds

Dementia incidence is dropping, study finds

Dementia incidence in people aged over 65 years has dropped by 20 per cent since the early 1990s

Aspirin could cut GI cancer risk

Using aspirin long-term could reduce the risk of gastrointestinal tract malignancies

Coffee cuts MS risk

People who drink large amounts of coffee seem to be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis, researchers find

Food hypersensitivity in infants

One in 20 children show food hypersensitivity by two years of age – but not necessarily with IgE markers

Type 1 diabetes linked to epilepsy

Children with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of developing epilepsy, according to new research

Rosacea linked to Parkinson’s?

Rosacea seems to independently predict the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease

E-cigs help tens of thousands to quit

E-cigarettes probably helped between 16,000 and 22,000 additional smokers quit for at least a year during 2014

Vitamin C could delay cataract progression

A diet rich in vitamin C could cut the risk of cataract progression, suggests research in Ophthalmology

Golimumab in UC sees benefits within six weeks

Two-thirds of patients receiving golimumab for moderate to severe UC show a significant clinical response within six weeks.

Social pressure cuts antibiotic prescribing

A study suggests “socially motivated interventions” aimed at prescribers reduces inappropriate prescribing

COPD link to anxiety highlighted

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can experience generalised anxiety disorder

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