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New asthma treatment

The CHMP has approved dupilumab (Dupixent) as add-on maintenance treatment for some patients 12 years and older with severe asthma

Second-hand smoke raises risk of kidney disease

Exposure to second-hand smoke is associated with a greater risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), say Korean researchers

Tramadol associated with higher mortality in OA

Tramadol is associated with significantly higher mortality than non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs in people with osteoarthritis

Diabetes screening costs in pharmacy similar to GPs

The economic analysis used data collected from 172 patients from six pharmacies in Leicester and 164 patients from six pharmacies in Surrey

Conference call: Antibiotic resistance strategy

Professor Dame Sally Davies pulled no punches in her keynote address on the UK’s antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy

Question time on oral care

While awareness regarding the factors that can affect the health of teeth and gums has increased, there is still much to do to change habits

Blowing in the wind: Hayfever management

In most cases hayfever can be managed successfully in community pharmacy through self-management advice and by offering appropriate treatments

Status epilepticus: why rapid, aggressive treatment is essential

In contrast to typical epilepsy seizures, untreated SE can last an hour or more, increasing the risk of serious complications

Clinical briefing: A health literate public?

The Government wants people to take more responsibility for their own health but are there knowledge gaps?

No link between AEDs and dementia

The researchers did not identify a statistically significant association between AEDs and dementia

Fluconazole should be avoided during pregnancy

Maternal exposure to just one dose of oral fluconazole during pregnancy may increase the risk of spontaneous abortion

‘Game changer’ for opioid dependence

Buvidal (buprenorphine prolonged release solution) allows weekly and monthly treatment of opioid dependence

Antipsychotics increase type 2 diabetes risk

Patients taking certain antipsychotics appear to be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, BMJ Open reports

HCV: DAAs reduce deaths and cancer

Direct-acting antivirals (DAA) seem to reduce mortality and hepatocellular carcinoma in people with chronic hepatitis C

Asthma rates falling

Researchers found that 6.52 per cent of the UK population had asthma in 2016 compared with 7.22 per cent in 2006

Clinical review: Antihypertensive medications

From ACE inhibitors to alpha blockers, here is detailed look at the different classes of antihypertensives

Vitamin D supplements help resistant TB

Vitamin D supplements accelerated clearance of multidrug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), according to a new analysis

Conference call: ASHP updates on opioid crisis

Opioid over-prescribing, medical cannabis and digital health developments were some of the topics covered

Time for action on obesity

The UK population is more obese and less active than ever before. Can pharmacists help turn things around?

Wound & scar management: Could do better

Dermatologists want community pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to provide better advice

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