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Vitamin D: Getting the balance right

Vitamin D is one of the positive effects of exposure to sunlight – but how can pharmacists help customers avoid the negative effects of overexposure?

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

Inflammation may contribute to depression

A new Canadian study reports that psychiatric conditions may emerge five years before the diagnosis of inflammatory diseases

Oral infections in childhood linked to adult CVD

Oral infections during childhood may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in later life, according to a study from Finland

Simple regimen needed for HCV

Combining sofosbuvir and velpatasvir offers “a simple, effective regimen for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C” (HCV) infection, according to new research

Younger diagnosis, worse prognosis for type 2 diabetes

People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at about 15 years of age lost a median of approximately 12 years of life in a recent study

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

Anti-inflammatories boost antidepressants

A meta-analysis of 36 randomised controlled studies suggests that concomitant anti-inflammatories can improve antidepressant effectiveness

Welsh pharmacy flu jab success

Researchers from the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences analysed records of flu vaccinations delivered in community pharmacies

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

New class of haemophilia A treatment

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

MS drug improves survival

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

ADHD treatments can trigger psychosis

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

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

New asthma treatment

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

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

Tramadol associated with higher mortality in OA

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

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