Clinical

Alprazolam misuse highlighted in young

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

Support for enhanced community pharmacy role in cancer detection

A new report shows widespread support for an enhanced role for pharmacists in detecting cancer, while improving treatments is a priority for the public.

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.

Taking it home

Women in the UK will be able to conduct self-tests for human papillomavirus (HPV) as part of a pilot scheme.

No smoke, no fire

The increased growth of largely unregulated e-cigarettes has not been associated with the uptake in smoking among teenagers.

Tackling type 2

Some 17,000 people across the UK have now completed the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Greener pastures

NICE highlights that some inhalers have high carbon footprints and encourages the use of environmentally friendly versions.

Sedentary behaviour linked to deaths

Spending large amounts of time sitting during the day has been linked to almost 70,000 deaths per year in the UK.

The new faces of flu vaccinations

Pharmacy technicians have been at schools on the Isle of Wight to administer nasal flu vaccinations in a new trial from Boots UK.

POM to P allergy control training

CIG Healthcare Partnership and Bayer Consumer Health have developed a five-minute module about allergy relief.

HRT linked to Alzheimer's

Women who take oral hormone replacement therapy may be increasing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Vaccine extension

Boots UK has extended its Chickenpox Vaccination Service, making it available at 294 stores across the UK. 

Highlighting joint health

The incidence of musculoskeletal conditions is increasing at such an alarming rate that it is set to affect three times more people than cancer by 2030, according to a new report commissioned by GR Lane Health.

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