Healthcare

Scratching the surface

With the majority of people self-treating skin conditions, pharmacy teams are well placed to offer advice and recommendations. 

HRT linked to Alzheimer's

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

Mental health campaign from Samaritans

Suicide prevention charity Samaritans has launched an awareness campaign today (19 March) to encourage more men to seek help about their mental health.

Vape kit trial rolled out

Pharmacies in the Trafford area of Greater Manchester are to provide free vaping starter kits to smokers as part of a new trial.

National No Smoking Day 2019

No Smoking Day aims to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking, celebrate successes and encourage those still smoking to try quitting and give up for good.

Asthma patients cutting meds back due to cost

Prescription charges are causing over half of asthma patients in England to cut back on their medications, Asthma UK has warned

PHE launches cervical screening campaign

PHE has launched a campaign – Cervical Screening Saves Lives – to encourage women to accept their cervical screening invitation.

Bright future for vitamin D

Vitamin D has become the UK’s most popular single vitamin supplement, overtaking vitamin C, according to figures from Mintel.

High street teeth whitening kits can damage teeth, study shows

Non-hydrogen peroxide OTC teeth whitening kits can harm teeth by reducing hardness and damaging the tooth surface

Practical portion guide

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has launched a practical guide to portion sizes to help people understand which foods to eat, how often and in what quantities.

Prescription charge to increase

The prescription charge for individual items will increase from 1 April 2019, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Think pharmacy first, says NHSE

Community pharmacy takes the spotlight in NHS England’s latest campaign Help Us Help You.

The more fibre, the better

Increasing fibre intake reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and colorectal cancer, according to a review commissioned by the World Health Organization.

No health benefits for non-sugar sweeteners

There is no evidence that non-sugar sweeteners provide health benefits and potential harmful effects cannot be ruled out, say experts.

Influenza beginning to circulate

Influenza is starting to circulate at moderate levels in the community in England, according to Public Health England’s monitoring report. 

Child sugar consumption still at dangerous levels

By the age of 10, the average child has already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18-year-old, PHE has revealed. 

Treat obesity as a disease, says RCP

Obesity is not a moral failing but a chronic disease and should be recognised as such, says the Royal College of Physicians. 

Boots launches cystitis test and treat service

Boots is trialling a new cystitis test and treat service in 37 selected stores in London, Sheffield and Cardiff

Working together for self care

The country needs Self Care Communities if we are to make real progress on improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities, the inaugural Self Care Summit concluded.

Sore throat service launches

LloydsPharmacy has launched a new nationwide sore throat service to identify Strep A throat infections and help to tackle antibiotic resistance. 

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