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Facing the flu challenge

Pharmacies are playing a key role in helping customers manage common winter ailments against the ever-present backdrop of Covid-19.

Quitting smoking during a pandemic

More people than ever could be seeking to quit smoking given the higher risks smokers are known to face with Covid-19. 

Covid-19: Playing the long game

Observational studies and clinical trials need to determine how long the changes in people with Covid persist and come up with ways to treat and prevent long-Covid, writes Mark Greener

Learning update: Men’s health and erection problems

Engaging with men about their health should be viewed as an opportunity for increased pharmacy intervention – especially in the area of erection problems.

Ear problems and their management

The current requirement to wear face coverings can make it difficult to pick up on what is being said – particularly for those who are already hard of hearing.

Why all the fuss about biosimilars?

Biosimilars have been exciting attention in secondary care for over a decade but seem to have made little impact in the community. 

Eye problems and their management

With high street opticians now struggling with a backlog of cancelled appointments, pharmacy’s role has never been more essential.

Seasonal woes – with an added twist

When it comes to advising customers on how to protect themselves against winter ailments this year, there is the added complication of Covid-19 to take into account.

Head lice and other parasites

As the new school term gets underway, even with social distancing measures in place pharmacy teams can expect a resurgence in queries about head lice.

Bladder weakness

Bladder weakness remains a taboo subject – so how can you help raise awareness without causing any additional embarrassment? 

Lower gastrointestinal problems

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two conditions characterised by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. 

Over-50s suffering with loneliness at risk of diabetes

KCL study shows a strong relationship between loneliness and the later onset of type 2 diabetes

Discovery of four Covid-19 risk groups could help guide treatment

A risk identification tool uses the groupings to help clinical staff choose the best course of treatment for patients.

Metabolic syndrome and the link to skin diseases

Patients with inflammatory skin diseases should be targeted and provided with heart health checks by community pharmacy teams.

A fertile area for pharmacy?

Pharmacy has shown that it can offer effective sexual health services but fragmented commissioning and significant funding cuts mean that provision varies widely.

Value of statins in the elderly confirmed

Starting statins reduces the risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality among people aged 75 years and older, a new study finds. 

Targeting pain

When pain strikes most people reach for a pack of oral analgesics – but there are times when topical pain relief may be more appropriate. 

Allergy awareness

For many allergy sufferers there is no pollen involved, nor is the problem seasonal in nature – all of which can make it harder to determine the cause. Pharmacists can help.

Nutrition and Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased interest in the role of nutrition in immune function and could boost the supplements category in pharmacy.

Study to look at long term impacts of Covid-19

The study's findings will support the development of strategies for clinical and rehabilitation care

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