Clinical

Ezetimibe indication widened

The MHRA recently extended the indication for ezetimibe (Ezetrol)

Menopause linked to frequent migraine attacks

Perimenopausal migraine sufferers are particularly likely to experience frequent attacks, research suggests

Coffee consumption linked to smoking

Smoking and caffeine consumption seem to be linked, according to a new study in the UK and Netherlands.

Public still underestimates obesity-cancer link

Forty-one per cent of adults in Britain don’t know that being overweight increases cancer risk

Cancer screening works

Screening is more likely to pick up early cancers than GP referral or emergency presentation, new research finds

Fracture increases risk of widespread pain in the body

New research suggests that spinal and hip fractures may double the risk of chronic widespread pain

Dementia script numbers rise but costs fall

The number of prescriptions for drugs for Alzheimer’s disease rose more than six-fold over the past decade

GORD quality standards

NICE has published nine quality standards covering GORD in children and young people

Cyramza’s new cancer indications

The European Commission recently approved two new indications for ramucirumab (Cyramza)

Dispensary: Reltebon price cut

Actavis has reduced the list price of Reltebon (oxycodone hydrochloride) prolonged-release tablets

Texting improves blood pressure control

Reminder text messages improve blood pressure control and adherence with antihypertensives

High urate levels raise PD treatment hopes

High urate levels protect against Parkinson’s disease in men, new research suggests

Oral health: a winning smile may prevent CVD

Improving oral health may prevent cardiovascular events and breast cancer – and even save lives

Entresto: a new heart failure drug

Entresto (sacubitril plus valsartan) is now available for adults with symptomatic chronic heart failure.

Autism link to antidepressants in pregnancy

Using antidepressants during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum diseases

PMS could increase hypertension risk

Premenstrual syndrome might increase the risk of hypertension according to a new analysis

Polypharmacy increases elderly hospitalisations

Polypharmacy and other factors associated with increased risks of hospitalisation among nursing home residents

HCV linked to Parkinson’s disease?

Infection with hepatitis C may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease

Saturday reflections: Missing piece in the diabetes jigsaw?

Could technology prove to be the missing piece in the great diabetes malady jigsaw?

BP targets should be lower

Clinical evidence now offers “strong support” to reduce systolic blood pressure to less than 130mmHg

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