Health & NHS

New triaging tool aims to make EHC purchases “less intimidating”

The tool was inspired by a survey that found that 72 per cent of women between 18 and 35 would prefer to complete a short questionnaire than have to do a face-to-face consultation

New HIV diagnoses down 17 per cent in 2017

Annual HIV data shows new diagnoses of HIV have fallen for the second year in a row, decreasing by 17 per cent from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017 – the lowest level since 2000

Controlled drug EPS pilot to start in October

NHS Digital is preparing to pilot the prescribing and dispensing of EPS Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs in England. Vision and EMIS will begin piloting at 10 GP practices this month at sites in the north and London

Council delivers stop smoking support via vape shops

A project funded by Essex County Council which delivers stop smoking support through outlets selling e-cigarettes is to be supported into the next financial year

Defibrillator network aims to improve cardiac survival

Over the next 12 months the partnership hopes to map all of the UK’s defibrillators, with the intention of making them available for ambulance services to use in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

NPA: Pharmacy services can help NHS achieve long-term goals

Investing in screening, diagnostic and monitoring services in pharmacy will drive better outcomes in cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and cancer, the NPA is saying

Early onset type 1 diabetes has effect on life expectancy

Patients whose type 1 diabetes emerges before 10 years of age are about 30 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) and acute myocardial infarction (MI), new research has found

Osteoporosis linked to dementia risk

Osteoporosis is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to German research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Adult smoking increases chronic pain

Smoking cigarettes during adulthood, even for a short time, may increase the risk of experiencing chronic widespread pain in later life, according to a new report

Poor sleep increases cardiovascular risk

After adjusting for obesity and diabetes at baseline, men who reported sleeping for five hours or less a night were twice as likely to experience a cardiovascular event as those who slept for seven to eight hours

Alcohol and pneumonia linked

A new meta-analysis of 14 studies offers “clear evidence” that drinking alcohol increases the risk of community-acquired pneumonia

Age UK warns of loneliness crisis in over-50s

The charity predicts that unless this issue is tackled, the number of people aged 50 and over who are often lonely will have increased by 49 per cent between 2015-16 and 2025-26

Fluad manufacturer: We are on track to meet delivery plan

Seqirus told Pharmacy Magazine that despite “processing challenges” it is on track to meet its delivery schedule and will seek to “identify any opportunities to bring additional doses of Fluad into the UK"

RPS welcomes Avastin AMD ruling

The RPS welcomed the news that the NHS will be able to prescribe Avastin for age-related macular degeneration after winning a high court battle with manufacturers of existing treatments 

No change to flu vaccine guidance despite supply issues

With many contractors experiencing difficulties obtaining the flu vaccine indicated for over-65s, PSNC has confirmed that pharmacists should not resort to using alternative vaccines

PHE: One smoker stubs out the habit every 80 seconds

As it launched the 2018 Stoptober campaign, the health body said that in 2017, almost 400,000 people in England successfully stopped smoking – the equivalent of 1,069 each day, or one every 81 seconds

Unipart wins NHS Supply Chain logistics contract

The government has agreed a five-year contract worth £730m with Unipart Logistics to centralise delivery services for NHS Trusts after seeing off a legal challenge from the incumbent provider

Latest Medicines Optimisation data now available

The Medicines Optimisation Dashboard operated by the NHS BSA has had a refresh of data, with several comparators now showing data up to March 2018

Some glucosamine products to be medicines

Products containing doses equal to or greater than 1178mg/day of base glucosamine will now be considered to be medicines, the MHRA has announced

Record numbers of people phoning NHS 111

Over half of all calls to the phone service received expert assessment from a clinical professional in July this year – the highest proportion since the service was introduced

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