Clinical

Self care for coughs

Self care methods including taking honey and over-the-counter remedies are appropriate for easing coughs and antibiotics should not be issued as first line of treatment, says new guidance.

Child vaccination coverage falls

Coverage declined for nine of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at age 12 months, 24 months or five years in 2017-18 in England compared to the previous year, according to NHS Digital.

Community pharmacies vital to drug harm reduction, FIP says

Pharmacists can play a vital role in delivering drug harm reduction services, and may be the safest source of recreational cannabis, the International Pharmaceutical Federation has said

Be clear with public on antibiotics and cough, says NICE

Health professionals should offer clear advice on effective self care measures for acute cough, and explain why antibiotics are not required

From the pill to MMR: top 10 NHS medicines listed

The contraceptive pill, beta blockers and the MMR vaccine are among the most important medicines to be introduced since the creation of the NHS, medicines experts say in a new report

Nicotine linked to cot death

Exposure to nicotine during pregnancy, whether from cigarettes, NRT or e-cigarettes, increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (cot death), says new research.

Eczema increases cardiovascular risk

Atopic eczema, especially when severe and “predominantly active”, seems to increase cardiovascular risk, according to UK research.

Paediatric coeliac disease detection at all-time low

Coeliac disease is the most common food-related chronic disease among children in Europe, affecting one in 100, yet experts warn that up to 80 per cent of cases remain undiagnosed.

Eddie welcomed to Well

Well Pharmacy has launched ‘Eddie’ – the first digital subscription service for Viagra Connect in the UK.

Pharmacies urged to act on blood pressure

Community pharmacies are being invited to get involved in two blood pressure campaigns 

EPS urgent care scheme to be rolled out

A scheme that integrates EPS into urgent care settings is to be rolled out nationally following successful pilots in London and the East Midlands, NHS Digital has announced.

High-carb diets linked to early menopause?

A University of Leeds study links high-carb diets with early-onset menopause – but some experts argue the results are inconclusive.

Mental health recovery on the rise

A record number of people made a recovery from mental ill health due to NHS talking therapies last year, rising seven per cent since the service began in 2012/13, according to new data from NHS Digital.

Smokers incorrectly think cold turkey best quit strategy

Many smokers still try to quit by going ‘cold turkey’ despite this being the least effective way, Public Health England has said

Warfarin management service success

Community pharmacy is ideally placed to provide a safe anticoagulation service for patients, delivering enhanced clinical outcomes and patient experience, says Boots UK after service success.

Support needed for informal carers

Over half of informal carers in the UK under emotional and financial strain as a result of their caring responsibilities, according to a new survey commissioned by WeMa Life.

More strokes hit middle-aged

More strokes are occurring at an earlier age compared to a decade ago, according to new statistics by Public Health England released to coincide with the relaunch of the Act FAST stroke campaign.

Cervical cancer diagnoses and deaths to rocket in older women

Women aged 50-64 will see a 62 per cent increase in incidence of cervical cancer which could lead to a 143 per cent rise in mortality by 2040, according to research published in The Lancet Public Health.

Half of Brits take prescription drugs daily

Almost half of UK adults have taken at least one prescribed medicine in the last week, according to a new survey commissioned by NHS Digital.

GSK announce oral health webinar

GSK is holding a webinar in conjunction with its Sensodyne Pronamel brand to discuss ‘the importance of enamel wear and keeping teeth for life’.
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