Clinical

Chronic pain: Filling the gap

An initiative being pioneered by a world authority on pain management relies on pharmacists helping to reduce opioid risk

Anti-epileptic drugs may increase dementia risk

Some anti-epileptic drugs may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests

PPIs may increase pneumonia risk

Research suggests an increase in pneumonia associated with ongoing PPI treatment

People with epilepsy more likely to die early

People with epilepsy are two to three times more likely to die prematurely than the rest of the population, research suggests

NICE recommends Tremfya

NICE has approved Tremfya (guselkumab) for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

Patients aren’t disclosing their symptoms

Patients do not fully disclose symptoms during many consultations in UK primary care, new research reveals

Clinical briefing: Malnutrition

The focus on excessive consumption and its effects on health often overshadow undernutrition, which remains surprisingly common in this country

Latest NICE advice on smoking cessation

New NICE guidelines on stop smoking interventions but there are warnings about declining number of specialist services

PDE5 inhibitors are linked to hearing loss

PDE5 inhibitors, such as sildenafil, are associated with a “small but significantly increased risk” of sudden hearing loss

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

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