Clinical

Statins don’t lower LDL-C optimally in all patients

More than half of patients do not show optimal reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) within two years of starting statins, Heart reports

Cannabidiol ‘almost halves’ epilepsy seizures

The study reported that 10 and 20mg/kg cannabidiol reduced the frequency of convulsive seizures by 49 and 46 per cent respectively compared with baseline

HRT: Why the reluctance to prescribe?

A survey found that 60 per cent of women had never been offered HRT – and even more worrying is that 66 per cent were offered antidepressants instead 

Lung cancer: A patient’s perspective

First hand accounts from lung cancer sufferers, plus guidance for pharmacists on the role they can play in promoting earlier diagnosis

Making headway: A pharmacist's guide to headaches

Headache is the umbrella term used for a number of different conditions that can be difficult for pharmacists to differentiate and therefore manage appropriately

Clinical briefing: Can pharmacists help diabetes remission?

A weight management scheme has helped to achieve remission in almost half of type 2 diabetes patients, with indications that the benefits persist

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

Tramadol associated with higher mortality in OA

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

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

New asthma treatment

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

HbA1c misses many cases of diabetes

“Our results indicated that the prevalence of diabetes and normal glucose tolerance defined solely by A1c is highly unreliable," said a researcher

ADHD treatments can trigger psychosis

About one in 660 adolescents and young adults receiving prescription stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) develop psychosis

MS drug improves survival

Beta-interferons produce “a significant survival advantage among people with relapsing-onset multiple sclerosis” (RRMS), according to a new study

New class of haemophilia A treatment

The European Commission recently approved emicizumab (Hemlibra) to prevent bleeding episodes in people with severe haemophilia A

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

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

HCV: DAAs reduce deaths and cancer

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

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