Clinical

Paracetamol as effective as opioids, research finds

Non-opioid analgesics improved pain-related function over 12 months as much as opioids in back or osteoarthritic pain

Oral pain, children and pharmacy

Oral pain is the commonest reason why parents visit a pharmacy for pain relief for children, new research shows

Inhaled corticosteroids linked to COPD fractures

Long-term use of high dose inhaled corticosteroids is associated with a “modest” increased risk of fractures in COPD patients

Asthma drugs linked to fertility problems?

Short-acting beta-agonists (SABAs) may reduce fertility, according to the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints study

Smoking cessation: Victory for vaping?

Pharmacy teams should use the ‘95 per cent less harmful’ figure to encourage smokers to make the switch to vaping, says PHE

Oral health: Could it be cancer?

Mouth cancer claims more lives than cervical or testicular cancer, yet one in five people are unaware of this deadly disease

Is migraine a risk factor for CVD?

Researchers have linked migraine to most CV diseases – and there is a strong stroke connection as well

Wound & scar management

Pharmacy teams have a valuable role to play in supporting patients with leg ulcers and those needing advice on scar management

Consumers don’t appreciate risks with OTC medicines

Patients believe non-prescription medicines are too weak to cause any real harm and can overdose, US research finds

One cigarette a day is one too many

Smoking just one cigarette a day is associated with at least half the risk of developing CHD or a stroke as smoking 20 per day

Benefits of smoking cessation drugs decline over time

The proportion of smokers who benefit from smoking cessation medications declines during the first year of treatment

Paracetamol, pregnancy and language

Exposure to paracetamol during pregnancy seems to increase the risk of language delay in girls, but not boys

Eyelid cancer on rise

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) affecting the eyelids is becoming commoner in England, according to new research

New research highlights potential analgesic risks on health outcomes

Analgesics for neuropathic pain and opioids may increase the risk of obesity and hypertension, according to new research

Cardiovascular risk rises with COPD treatments

A large increase in CVD incidence takes place within 30 days of starting certain COPD therapies, research finds

Advances in multiple sclerosis therapy

The advances made in recent years in the understanding of, and ability to treat, multiple sclerosis have been remarkable

Health screening: DIY dilemma

With technological advances boosting the rise in self-test diagnostic kits, what does this mean for pharmacy?

Antibiotic resistance is everyone’s problem

Antibiotic prescribing is declining, but only slowly – so are there grounds for optimism in the fight against resistance?

Probiotics alleviate childhood eczema

Probiotics can reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis and cut topical steroid use, according to a new study

Age-old problems: improving care for older people

A key priority for today’s NHS is to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population. So where does pharmacy fit in?

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