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Oral antibiotics in acne could promote resistance

Oral antibiotics are being prescribed for acne for longer than NICE recommends  

Conference call: British Association of Dermatologists

The 96th annual meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists took place last month in Birmingham

Flu jab cuts CV risk and death in type 2 diabetes

Flu vaccination seems to cut mortality by almost a quarter and reduce CV admissions in people with type 2 diabetes

Corticosteroid allergy is ‘under-recognised’

Prescription drugs, OTC topicals and cosmetics may trigger contact allergies, new research finds

Medical skincare: Picking up the pieces

Through careful questioning and expert advice, pharmacists can help find solutions to a range of common skincare conditions

Sleep study questions SPC applicability

Questions about the applicability of a drug’s SPC to the general population have been raised

Paracetamol during pregnancy associated with autism in boys

Exposure to paracetamol in the womb may increase the risk of autism among boys and undermine attention in both sexes

Update: Half the population living with chronic pain

Up to half of the population in the UK lives with chronic pain, according to a new meta-analysis of 19 studies

Update: media scare stories cutting statin use?

Media stories questioning the safety of statins are causing people to stop taking the drugs

Update: Most antidepressants ineffective in young people

Antidepressants do not seem to offer a clear advantage for children and adolescents, according to the Lancet

Update: Enstilar – new psoriasis drug

Enstilar (calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate) is a new topical, alcohol-free, foam spray for plaque psoriasis

Update: Statins may increase diabetes risk

Statins may increase the risk of developing diabetes, cautions a study in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

Update: COPD treatment adherence falls “precipitously” early on

Adherence to maintenance treatments for COPD falls sharply in the first six months of treatment, researchers find

Update: Flu jab cuts dementia risk in heart failure patients

Influenza vaccination is associated with a lower risk of dementia in patients with heart failure

Massive increase in ADHD prescribing

Prescriptions for ADHD drugs in the UK increased by almost 800 per cent between 2000 and 2015

Update: Medical errors third leading cause of death in US

Could the UK be underestimating the prevalence of medical errors, the third leading cause of death in the US?

Update: COPD exacerbations speed lung function loss

Even mild COPD exacerbations accelerate loss of lung function, researchers find

Update: Pharmacy expanding its reach among the young

Younger customers are using pharmacies for a wider range of services than just collecting prescribed medication

AF patients still at risk from stroke

Patients with AF could be at risk of stroke as they are receiving either no preventative treatment or taking only aspirin

Benzodiazepines could significantly increase flu risk

Benzodiazepines may increase mortality more than 20-fold in people with influenza-like illness, new research finds

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