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Long-term aspirin increases bleeding risk in over-75s

Previous studies may have underestimated the risks of upper GI bleeding in elderly patients who take daily aspirin

Early treatment in MS improves outcomes

Early treatment of highly active multiple sclerosis improves patient outcomes, according to new research

Antihypertensive non-adherence is commonplace

Two in five people do not adhere fully to their antihypertensive medication or even take it at all

Pain management

In order to put the squeeze on pain, don’t just reach for the OTC analgesics. Positive coping strategies are just as important

Clinical briefing: Group B streptococcus screening

Why has the NHS decided against offering screening for early-onset group B streptococcal infection?

Inhaled corticosteroids increase the risk of pneumonia

Inhaled corticosteroid use could be linked to pneumonia, according to a Canadian study

Extend MURs and NMS in young people?

There is scope to extend NMS reviews and MURs in children, young people and their carers, new research suggests

Pharmacist-led reviews improve diabetes control

Pharmacist-led review of people with type 2 diabetes markedly improved disease control, according to new research

SGLT-2 inhibitors cut hospitalisations and deaths

SGLT2 inhibitors found to reduce heart failure hospitalisations by more than a third

Could you identify oral cancer?

Can you recognise the signs and symptoms of oral cancer? With the number of cases on the rise, time to brush up on your knowledge

New antibiotic launched

Pfizer has launched Zavicefta (ceftazidime-avibactam) for adults hospitalised with serious infections

Smoking increases reoperation rates after joint replacement

Smokers are more likely to need another operation following an infection within 90 days of a joint replacement

NSAIDs and paracetamol linked to hearing loss

NSAIDs and paracetamol might increase the risk of hearing loss, according to an analysis of 55,850 women

Verapamil for rhinosinusitis?

Verapamil dramatically improves symptom scores in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps

Antidepressants might increase hip fracture risk

Antidepressant use might lead to hip fracture, according to a new study from Finland

Occupational sun exposure linked to cancers

Occupational sun exposure causes about one in 50 cutaneous malignant melanomas, equivalent to approximately one death from, and five new cases of, the cancer each week in Britain, new figures suggest

Obesity linked to asthma in children

Children with asthma seem more likely to become obese than those without asthma, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported recently

Acid suppression increases gastroenteritis risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists seem to increase the risk of bacterial gastroenteritis, according to research in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Deaths from cancer could fall by 400,000

Advances in detection, diagnosis and treatment mean that 400,000 fewer people will die from cancer in the next 20 years

Rotavirus vaccine is preventing gastroenteritis in infants

Infant rotavirus vaccine reduces the number of episodes of acute gastroenteritis by up to half and saves £12.5m a year

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