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No link between AEDs and dementia

The researchers did not identify a statistically significant association between AEDs and dementia

Fluconazole should be avoided during pregnancy

Maternal exposure to just one dose of oral fluconazole during pregnancy may increase the risk of spontaneous abortion

‘Game changer’ for opioid dependence

Buvidal (buprenorphine prolonged release solution) allows weekly and monthly treatment of opioid dependence

Antipsychotics increase type 2 diabetes risk

Patients taking certain antipsychotics appear to be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, BMJ Open reports

HCV: DAAs reduce deaths and cancer

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

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

Clinical review: Antihypertensive medications

From ACE inhibitors to alpha blockers, here is detailed look at the different classes of antihypertensives

Vitamin D supplements help resistant TB

Vitamin D supplements accelerated clearance of multidrug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), according to a new analysis

Conference call: ASHP updates on opioid crisis

Opioid over-prescribing, medical cannabis and digital health developments were some of the topics covered

Time for action on obesity

The UK population is more obese and less active than ever before. Can pharmacists help turn things around?

Wound & scar management: Could do better

Dermatologists want community pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to provide better advice

The antidepressant gamble

A research team is asking community pharmacists to help develop a tool to personalise treatment for depression

One in eight: Young people and mental health

Over 12 per cent of five to 19-year-olds are currently dealing with at least one mental health disorder

High street teeth whitening kits can damage teeth, study shows

Non-hydrogen peroxide OTC teeth whitening kits can harm teeth by reducing hardness and damaging the tooth surface

Clinical briefing: Pharmacists helping with osteoporosis risk

A programme demonstrating pharmacists' ability to identify osteoporosis risk is being highlighted by NICE

Pharmacists could manage some emergency admissions

‘Potentially pharmacist-manageable conditions’ accounted for 4.3 per cent of A&E visits in a Canadian study

New diabetes drug available

A new once-weekly injectable glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA), is available for type 2 diabetes

E-cigarettes shown to be more effective than NRT

E-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement therapy when combined with behavioural support

Pharmacists’ role in diabetes care highlighted

A new report highlights community pharmacy’s role in preventing and treating diabetes

Prescription opioids may increase pneumonia risk

Prescription opioids may increase the risk of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), research suggests

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