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Health & NHS

Poorest women’s life expectancy falls in England’s ‘lost decade’

Women living in England’s poorest neighbourhoods have seen a decline in life expectancy since 2011. 

NHS publishes coronavirus guidance for community pharmacies

The government has published new guidance on coronavirus for community pharmacy teams.

Sharp increase in diabetes-related lower limb amputations

Diabetes leads to more than 176 leg, toe or foot amputations every week in England, according to Diabetes UK.  

Coronavirus sees global shift in hygiene behaviour

The current coronavirus outbreak has led to widespread concern with many people changing their hygiene behaviours.

Mumps cases reach 10-year high

The rise in cases has been largely driven by outbreaks in universities and colleges.

PHE asks pharmacists to raise coronavirus awareness

Pharmacists are being asked to display new posters from Public Health England with advice about coronavirus. 

Pharmacy teams urged to make Yellow Card reports

MHRA is raising awareness about the importance of reporting suspected side effects using the Yellow Card Scheme.

Two thirds of UK adults don’t eat enough fibre

UK adults confused about how much fibre they should be eating, according to research conducted by the bakery company Hovis.

Hancock urges pharmacists to engage with French model

Health secretary Matt Hancock has reiterated his support for maximising the use of pharmacists' clinical skills.

Pancreatic cancer survival rate more than doubles

The five-year pancreatic cancer survival rate in the UK has increased from three per cent to a record high of 7.9 per cent since 2010.

LloydsPharmacy reopens after coronavirus scare

A branch of LloydsPharmacy was closed as a temporary measure when a GP was confirmed as having coronavirus.

Pharmacists asked to promote Raynaud’s awareness

Health charity Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK is asking community pharmacists to help patients identify Raynaud’s.

Two HRT products back in stock on Friday

Evorel's manufacturer said two of the products in the HRT range will be available in pharmacies from February 14.  

Type 2 diabetes cases rise 40% in Scotland

New cases of type 2 diabetes in Scotland rose by 40 per cent over a 10-year period, according to official figures.

Doctors urge Hancock to investigate HRT shortages

Medical organisations are urging health secretary Matt Hancock to investigate the cause of ongoing HRT shortages.

Coronavirus guidance for pharmacists issued

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has issued new guidance for community and hospital pharmacists.

Revised PCN service specs agreed in GP 2020/21 contract

SMRs scaled back, but PCNs now funded to employ pharmacy technicians.

Alcohol behind 360k hospital admissions in 2018-19

Alcohol consumption was the biggest cause of more than 350,000 hospital admissions in 2018-19.

Lower income families less likely to recognise cancer risks

Individuals from a lower-income household brackets have been found less likely to recognise cancer risk factors.

Coronavirus public information campaign launched across the UK

A public campaign has been launched to advise people on how to protect themselves from infection from the coronavirus.

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