Healthcare

Pharmacies surpass flu jab record

Community pharmacy teams administered almost 1.2 million flu vaccinations under the national Flu Vaccination Service in 2017/18 – at least 240,000 more than in the previous year.

Five types of diabetes not two, say researchers

There are five distinct types of diabetes rather than two, according to research published in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Fitness trackers and smartwatches on the up

Nearly four million smartwatches and fitness trackers were sold in 2017, with 20 per cent of the UK population using wearable technology to count their daily steps, research from Mintel has revealed.

Lloyds reaches diabetes milestone

LloydsPharmacy has now tested over 10,000 patients since the NHS launched its Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme in 2016.

Memory loss an issue for majority of over-50s

Seven in 10 over-50s have some degree of memory loss and more than half have a friend or family member whose memory is failing, says new research.

IBS conference announced

The IBS Network is hosting its second UK conference and exhibition on 14 April in Sheffield.

Update: Green light for e-cigs?

PHE has published a new independent expert evidence review of e-cigarettes, advising anyone struggling to quit smoking to try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help.

Gluten-free staples to remain on prescription

Gluten free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced following its consultation launched in March 2017.

Paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throat, says NICE

Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.

Vulnerable people face “endless cycle” of hospital admissions

A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments

Improving life for headache sufferers

Improving quality of life for thousands of people suffering from chronic headaches is the aim of a new study led by Warwick Medical School.

RPS: a “scandal” not to make best use of pharmacists

The RPS’s Sandra Gidley has said it would be “nothing short of a scandal” if health services did not make best use of pharmacists' clinical skills

Group B Strep info for mums

Group B Strep is the focus of a new patient leaflet that will be provided to all pregnant women as part of their routine antenatal care.

Taking control of snacking

Helping parents take control of their children’s snacking is the focus of Public Health England's latest Change4Life campaign and the first promoting healthier snacks.

Consultation launched on plans to rein in prescriptions

A consultation on proposals to “rein in prescriptions” for a number of OTC products has been published by NHS England.

Targeting smokers this new year

A new TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar in cigarettes and urging smokers to make a quit attempt with help from Smokefree has been released by PHE.

Protect against STIs, urges PHE

Public Health England launches ‘Protect against STIs’, a new campaign that aims to reduce the rates of STIs among 16-24-year-olds and normalise and encourage condom use.

Stopping bowel cancer in its tracks

Almost 332,000 people living in the UK will needlessly lose their lives to bowel cancer between now and 2035 unless urgent action is taken to fill critical research gaps, says Bowel Cancer UK.

Check your balls boys, says new app

The first, simple to use, step-by-step “check yourself” testicular cancer app has been launched by cancer charity The Oddballs Foundation.

Battle against type 2 diabetes goes digital

More than 5,000 people are expected to benefit from a pilot project, which will test a range of digital products aimed at supporting people who are at risk of type 2 diabetes.
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