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Risk of falls increased by high-risk medicines

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

Use of adrenaline auto-injectors is poor

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

Pre-diabetes increases CVD risk

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

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

Vitamin D protective in pregnancy

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

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

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

Modest lifestyle changes almost eliminate CVD risk

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

Late-onset asthma linked to cardiovascular disease

People with asthma that emerges in adulthood may be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease

Prescription drug abuse common

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

Zinc acetate cuts common cold duration

Zinc acetate lozenges have been found to cut the duration of the common cold by more than a third, research suggests

Stroke survivors show poor adherence

Most stroke survivors show low adherence to medication regimes – pharmacists should give more proactive support

Diabetic ketoacidosis and mortality

Recurrent diabetic ketoacidosis is associated with a substantially elevated risk of death

Oral antibiotics in acne could promote resistance

Oral antibiotics are being prescribed for acne for longer than NICE recommends  

Conference call: British Association of Dermatologists

The 96th annual meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists took place last month in Birmingham

Flu jab cuts CV risk and death in type 2 diabetes

Flu vaccination seems to cut mortality by almost a quarter and reduce CV admissions in people with type 2 diabetes

Corticosteroid allergy is ‘under-recognised’

Prescription drugs, OTC topicals and cosmetics may trigger contact allergies, new research finds

Sleep study questions SPC applicability

Questions about the applicability of a drug’s SPC to the general population have been raised

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