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New HIV diagnoses fall more than a quarter

HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen by more than a quarter since 2015, according to Public Health England.

Diabetics encouraged to talk about hypoglycaemia risk

Many people who have a diabetic relative have told them to speak to a healthcare professional about their hypoglycaemia risk.

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.

Parents urged to check children’s MMR records

Parents of children starting primary school are being urged to check their immunisation records.

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A handheld device that delivers a small electric current has been recommended in draft guidance by NICE.

Drug misuse deaths in Wales highest ever

The highest number of drug misuse deaths ever – 208 – were registered in Wales in 2018.

New NICE guidelines on hypertension treatment

The new recommendations reduce the CVD risk threshold at which treatment for hypertension should be considered.

Gabitril shortages to last until end of October

Teva has warned that shortages of the epilepsy drug will last a month long longer than previously expected.

The Oral Health Foundation launches new strategy

The Oral Health Foundation has launched a new strategy: Better oral health for all.

‘Not enough evidence’ to recommend cannabis says NICE

NICE has decided not to recommend the use of cannabis-based medicines in severe treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Alprazolam misuse highlighted in young

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

NHS to test first subscription payment model

The subscription-style model will pay pharmaceutical companies upfront for access to medicines.

Drug alert: Defect in Emerade devices

There is a risk of some Emerade syringes failing to deliver adrenaline doses due to blockage of the needle, the MHRA warns.

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.

Oral impact

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

Recall of paracetamol 500mg tablets

M&A Pharmachem has recalled batches of paracetamol 500mg tablets because of “a small number" of contaminated pots.

Opioids linked to pneumonia in Alzheimer’s

Opioid analgesics are associated with a 30 per cent increase in the risk of pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Zapping headaches

NHS England has announced it will fund a handheld device that can help manage cluster headaches.

The pollution threat

Some 13 per cent of childhood asthma cases diagnosed globally each year are linked to traffic pollution, according to a new study.

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