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SGLT-2 inhibitors cut hospitalisations and deaths

SGLT2 inhibitors found to reduce heart failure hospitalisations by more than a third

Could you identify oral cancer?

Can you recognise the signs and symptoms of oral cancer? With the number of cases on the rise, time to brush up on your knowledge

New antibiotic launched

Pfizer has launched Zavicefta (ceftazidime-avibactam) for adults hospitalised with serious infections

Smoking increases reoperation rates after joint replacement

Smokers are more likely to need another operation following an infection within 90 days of a joint replacement

NSAIDs and paracetamol linked to hearing loss

NSAIDs and paracetamol might increase the risk of hearing loss, according to an analysis of 55,850 women

Verapamil for rhinosinusitis?

Verapamil dramatically improves symptom scores in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps

Antidepressants might increase hip fracture risk

Antidepressant use might lead to hip fracture, according to a new study from Finland

Occupational sun exposure linked to cancers

Occupational sun exposure causes about one in 50 cutaneous malignant melanomas, equivalent to approximately one death from, and five new cases of, the cancer each week in Britain, new figures suggest

Obesity linked to asthma in children

Children with asthma seem more likely to become obese than those without asthma, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported recently

Acid suppression increases gastroenteritis risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists seem to increase the risk of bacterial gastroenteritis, according to research in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Deaths from cancer could fall by 400,000

Advances in detection, diagnosis and treatment mean that 400,000 fewer people will die from cancer in the next 20 years

Rotavirus vaccine is preventing gastroenteritis in infants

Infant rotavirus vaccine reduces the number of episodes of acute gastroenteritis by up to half and saves £12.5m a year

HIV: removing the stigma

Community pharmacies are well-placed to reach difficult-to-access populations with an increased susceptibility to HIV

Albuminuria linked to dementia

Albuminuria is associated with a 35 per cent increased risk of cognitive impairment or dementia, according to an analysis published in Neurology

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

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