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Benefits confirmed for NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks prevent up to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes or deaths over five years, new research finds

Clinical briefing: Drug-plant interactions

The popularity and widespread use of herbal medicines raises the prospect of potentially serious drug-plant interactions

The role of the pharmacy team in Parkinson's disease

Patients with Parkinson’s disease often have complex medication regimes. Pharmacists should be doing more to help them

Inhaled steroids in COPD increase oral thrush risk

Inhaled corticosteroids for COPD appear to double the risk of developing oral thrush compared to long-acting bronchodilators

Better prescribing could prevent thousands of strokes

Improved prescribing of anticoagulants, lipid-lowerers and antihypertensives could prevent 12,000 strokes a year

Maternal RA increases epilepsy risk in young

Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop epilepsy, according to a Danish study

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

Older people's health: Giving a helping hand

The UK’s ageing population is being failed by a fragmented and over-stretched health and social care system

Pre-diabetes increases CVD risk

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

Smoking cessation: If it ain’t broke…

Local NHS Stop Smoking Services are proven to help smokers quit for good – so why are local authorities decommissioning these vital services?

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

What's new in... Diabetes

With eight different classes of anti-diabetic medicines available, it is an increasingly complex treatment picture in diabetes

Teva launches reformulated levothyroxine range

Teva has launched a reformulated version of levothyroxine, including two previously unavailable strengths

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

Xultophy approved for renal impairment

Xultophy has been approved for adults with type 2 diabetes and moderate renal impairment

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

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