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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

Modest lifestyle changes almost eliminate CVD risk

Combining modestly lower LDL cholesterol and systolic blood pressure reduces lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease

Late-onset asthma linked to cardiovascular disease

People with asthma that emerges in adulthood may be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease

Prescription drug abuse common

Abuse of prescription drugs, often sourced from internet pharmacies, is common, according to a recent study

IBS: A bad case of the GI blues

Despite its high prevalence in this country, irritable bowel syndrome is poorly understood and often dismissed as trivial

Managing childhood asthma

Community pharmacy is well placed to help children and young people with asthma gain better control over their condition

Zinc acetate cuts common cold duration

Zinc acetate lozenges have been found to cut the duration of the common cold by more than a third, research suggests

Stroke survivors show poor adherence

Most stroke survivors show low adherence to medication regimes – pharmacists should give more proactive support

Diabetic ketoacidosis and mortality

Recurrent diabetic ketoacidosis is associated with a substantially elevated risk of death

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