Healthcare

No change to flu vaccine guidance despite supply issues

With many contractors experiencing difficulties obtaining the flu vaccine indicated for over-65s, PSNC has confirmed that pharmacists should not resort to using alternative vaccines

PHE: One smoker stubs out the habit every 80 seconds

As it launched the 2018 Stoptober campaign, the health body said that in 2017, almost 400,000 people in England successfully stopped smoking – the equivalent of 1,069 each day, or one every 81 seconds

HPV myth busting

As the cervical screening programme moves to a system of human papillomavirus (HPV) primary screening, more women will be told they have HPV.

Drink-free days

Public Health England and Drinkaware have teamed up to combat regular excessive drinking and reduce health risks.

Some glucosamine products to be medicines

Products containing doses equal to or greater than 1178mg/day of base glucosamine will now be considered to be medicines, the MHRA has announced

Record numbers of people phoning NHS 111

Over half of all calls to the phone service received expert assessment from a clinical professional in July this year – the highest proportion since the service was introduced

New health profile for England

The NHS must adapt to the changing health landscape and put prevention at its heart if it is to overcome current and future pressures, says Public Health England.

NUMSAS extended to March 2019, Brine confirms

The NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot scheme has been extended until the end of March 2019, pharmacy minister Steve Brine has confirmed

NHS Choices is no more...

Changes to the NHS website include more accessible content, better mobile device experience, new content for helping people to manage long-terms conditions, and improved page design

NHS workforce increases by 1.6 per cent in a year

A total of 1,230,000 FTEs were employed by the health service in England across NHS Trusts, CCGs, NHS support organisations and central bodies as well as in General Practice

Scotland plans major extension of Minor Ailments Scheme

The Scottish Government has announced that the country’s Minor Ailment Service will be extended to every person in Scotland “within the coming year” and will cover a wider range of common conditions

High blood pressure linked to Alzheimer’s disease

High blood pressure in later life, and a faster decline in systolic blood pressure (SBP), may trigger brain infarcts, Neurology recently reported

Aspirin may be beneficial for AD

Research recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that low-dose aspirin may reduce formation of plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease

Depression increases VTE risk, study suggests

Depression and antidepressants may increase the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a metaanalysis that included eight observational studies involving 960,113 people

Asthma linked to AF, study finds

Allowing for potential confounders, people who reported ever having asthma were 27 per cent more likely to develop AF than controls without asthma

Calls for cuts U-turn amid record use of sexual health services

With the latest Government figures showing record numbers of people using sexual health services, the LGA has called for cuts to councils’ public health budgets to be reversed

Plans to drive forward electronic prescribing

Health secretary, Matt Hancock, intends to accelerate the completion of the roll out of the electronic prescribing service

Over half missing out on vital health checks, charity warns

Recent analysis from Diabetes UK shows that of 15.5 million people in England who were eligible for a health check between 2013 and 2018, only 6.8 million (44 per cent) did so

Relax vaping restrictions, Government urged

The Government is “missing an opportunity” by not relaxing rules around e-cigarettes, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has said, while the RPS maintains more evidence is needed

“Good Care Starts with a Conversation”

The RPS in Scotland has launched a new campaign ‘Good care starts with a conversation’, highlighting the crucial role pharmacists play in ensuring people get the most out of their medicines.
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