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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

Cyramza’s new cancer indications

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

GORD quality standards

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

Dispensary: Reltebon price cut

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

Oral health: a winning smile may prevent CVD

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

High urate levels raise PD treatment hopes

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

Texting improves blood pressure control

Reminder text messages improve blood pressure control and adherence with antihypertensives

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

Polypharmacy increases elderly hospitalisations

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

PMS could increase hypertension risk

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

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

Pharmacists help to cut opioid-related deaths

Data suggests pharmacists in Scotland’s National Naloxone Programme are reducing opioid-related deaths

Adherence to statins cuts stroke risk

Poor adherence to statins may increase ischaemic stroke risk, according to a new study

Inequalities persist in dementia prescribing

A new study reveals that inequalities in anti-dementia drug (ADD) prescribing persist in England

Dulaglutide gets green light in Scotland

The Scottish Medicines Consortium has accepted Trulicity (dulaglutide) for use in NHS Scotland.  

Chondroitin comes out on top

Chondroitin sulphate reduces long-term progression of knee osteoarthritis more effectively than celecoxib?

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