Health & NHS

Antidepressant prescribing sees greatest increase

Prescription items for antidepressants saw the greatest rise in 2015, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre

Always Discreet film tackles bladder weakness taboo

Always Discreet has released a short film to help break the silence around adult incontinence

Alcohol-related hospital admissions on the rise

There has been a rise in hospital admissions and the number of drugs prescribed for the treatment of alcohol dependence

World's first HbA1c home testing system launches

A new home testing device is set to revolutionise diabetes self-management in the UK

New website highlights Peyronie's disease

A new website has launched this Men's Health Week to offer support to men with Peyronie’s disease

Nexium Control voted Product of the Year

Consumers have voted Nexium Control as General Healthcare Product of the Year 2016

New NICE guidance on migraine treatment Cefaly

New NICE guidance states that Cefaly, a neurostimulation device for migraine management, is safe for NHS use

Smoking admissions up but deaths down

Hospitalisations attributable to smoking have increased by five per cent in 10 years, while smoking-related deaths have declined

Young people miss out on diabetes health checks

75 per cent of young people with diabetes in England and Wales are not getting all seven essential health checks

HealthWatch: antibiotic prescribing falls

GPs in England have dramatically reduced the number of antibiotics they give to patients

HealthWatch: high BP can triple dementia risk

Middle-aged people with high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop dementia, according to a new study.

GPs over-stretched and feeling the pressure

Report finds a sense of "crisis" in under pressure general practice.

National strategy needed for self-care

A group of MPs and peers has called for a national self-care strategy to ensure more appropriate use of NHS resources

Promote e-cigs to smokers, says RCP

A new report from the Royal College of Physicians has reassured smokers that electronic cigarettes can help them to quit

PM supports this month's Arthritis Care Week

Pharmacy Magazine has joined forces with Arthritis Care to encourage pharmacy teams to support Arthritis Care Week

New health app for patients

A new health app based on the Clincial Knowledge Summaries is now available to patients and the public

National BV Day extends to month of April

Community pharmacies can expect to see a rise in inquiries about bacterial vaginosis during April, which is National BV Month.

HealthWatch: life expectancy for men falls

A surge in deaths of people with dementia and failure of the flu jab has driven the biggest rise in fatalities in 50 years

General practice in England nearing ‘saturation point’

General practice in England is at saturation point, says a report in The Lancet

HealthWatch: Heavy drinkers – where do you rank?

Excessive drinkers are more likely to seek help if they are told where their drinking ranks compared to others

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