Healthcare

Folic acid could reduce stroke risk

Taking a folic acid supplement could be a “wise move for all adults in the UK”, especially those with high blood pressure, HSIS has said.

Minimum unit pricing implemented

Scotland has become the first country in the world to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol to tackle the damage caused by cheap, high strength alcohol.

Care home funding for PTs

Plans to fund 60 pharmacy technicians and 180 pharmacists to work in care homes to help reduce over-medication and cut unnecessary hospital stays have been announced by NHS England.

Antibiotics over prescribed in nursing homes

Nursing home residents aged 75 and over receive twice as many antibiotics as those of the same age living in their own homes, potentially harming their health.

Speeding up cancer diagnosis

New ‘one stop shops’ designed to speed up cancer diagnosis and help save lives are being rolled out in 10 areas across England as part of NHS England’s drive to improve early diagnosis rates.

Pharmacies surpass flu jab record

Community pharmacy teams administered almost 1.2 million flu vaccinations under the national Flu Vaccination Service in 2017/18 – at least 240,000 more than in the previous year.

Sugar tax comes into force

Health commentators have welcomed the introduction of the longawaited ‘sugar tax’ that came into force on 6 April, saying that it will help the UK tackle obesity rates and improve the nation’s oral health.

Five types of diabetes not two, say researchers

There are five distinct types of diabetes rather than two, according to research published in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Fitness trackers and smartwatches on the up

Nearly four million smartwatches and fitness trackers were sold in 2017, with 20 per cent of the UK population using wearable technology to count their daily steps, research from Mintel has revealed.

Lloyds reaches diabetes milestone

LloydsPharmacy has now tested over 10,000 patients since the NHS launched its Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme in 2016.

Memory loss an issue for majority of over-50s

Seven in 10 over-50s have some degree of memory loss and more than half have a friend or family member whose memory is failing, says new research.

IBS conference announced

The IBS Network is hosting its second UK conference and exhibition on 14 April in Sheffield.

Update: Green light for e-cigs?

PHE has published a new independent expert evidence review of e-cigarettes, advising anyone struggling to quit smoking to try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help.

Gluten-free staples to remain on prescription

Gluten free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced following its consultation launched in March 2017.

Paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throat, says NICE

Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.

Vulnerable people face “endless cycle” of hospital admissions

A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments

Improving life for headache sufferers

Improving quality of life for thousands of people suffering from chronic headaches is the aim of a new study led by Warwick Medical School.

RPS: a “scandal” not to make best use of pharmacists

The RPS’s Sandra Gidley has said it would be “nothing short of a scandal” if health services did not make best use of pharmacists' clinical skills

Group B Strep info for mums

Group B Strep is the focus of a new patient leaflet that will be provided to all pregnant women as part of their routine antenatal care.

Taking control of snacking

Helping parents take control of their children’s snacking is the focus of Public Health England's latest Change4Life campaign and the first promoting healthier snacks.
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