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UK leads Europe in early clinical research, but faces challenges …

The UK leads on early stage clinical trials but falls behind Germany and the US when it comes to later-stage research.

Benzodiazepines prescribed more in deprived areas, study confirms

Researchers found prescribing rates were 45 per cent higher in the most deprived populations compared to the least.

Antidepressants may cut stroke risk

Antidepressants may reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke, Neurology reports.

Worries for brain health in low choline levels

Plant-based vegan diets are thought to contribute to an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health.

Print health warnings on every cigarette, say Scottish researchers

Printing health warnings on individual cigarettes could help reduce smoking, suggests research.

HRT linked to higher risk of breast cancer

Women who use HRT are being urged to discuss its risks and benefits at their next routine appointment.

NICE approves cluster headaches device

A handheld device that delivers a small electric current has been recommended in draft guidance by NICE.

Pharmacist advice helps prostate cancer patients study finds

Advice from pharmacists on increasing physical activity can improve the cardiovascular health of men with prostate cancer, study finds

Briefing: a novel approach to treating depression

Could a headset that delivers transcranial direct-current stimulation be the next big thing in treating depression?

Flu jabs in community pharmacies boost overall uptake

Offering flu immunisation in community pharmacies increased the number of people in Wales who received the jab, report finds.

Alprazolam misuse highlighted in young

Young people are especially likely to misuse alprazolam resulting in short-term toxicity and long-term dependence, research finds.

Statins linked to lower dementia risk

Statins have been connected to reducing the risk of death in dementia patients, according to research presented at the EAN Congress.

Does OTC NRT still have a role in smoking cessation?

E-cigarettes and varenicline are associated with higher abstinence rates than other smoking cessation aids including NRT

Does OTC NRT still have a role in smoking cessation?

E-cigarettes and varenicline are associated with higher abstinence rates than other smoking cessation aids.

Women with COPD fare worse than men

Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at greater risk of frequent and severe acute exacerbations than men

More studies link psoriasis and mental illness

Two new studies confirm that psoriasis is associated with a markedly increased risk of developing mental illnesses

Pharmacists not using Yellow Card Scheme

Almost three in every five community pharmacists have never reported an adverse drug reaction

Oral impact

Poor oral health has been linked to a 75 per cent increased risk of the most common form of liver cancer.

Statins don’t lower LDL-C optimally in all patients

More than half of patients do not show optimal reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) within two years of starting statins, Heart reports

Inflammation may contribute to depression

A new Canadian study reports that psychiatric conditions may emerge five years before the diagnosis of inflammatory diseases

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