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APPG calls for NHS England to take lead on integration

Provider contracts, including that for community pharmacy, should be aligned to ensure that patients experience coordinated and consistent care, says a report

Antidepressants linked to obesity epidemic

People with depression often report changes in their weight. Now new research suggests that antidepressants might contribute to weight gain.

One in four emergency admissions avoidable

Nearly 1.5 million emergency admissions could be avoided with better preventive care outside hospitals, according to a new report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

HSIS defends supplements use

HSIS has reiterated the important role of vitamin and mineral supplements in bridging nutrient shortfalls after the results of a new review.

Spotlight on STIs

Overall rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remained stable in 2017 compared to 2016 with around 422,000 cases.

Get talking diabetes

One in three people would turn to the internet for medical advice first over talking to a healthcare professional about a health concern, new research from Diabetes UK has revealed.

Brisk walking is key

PHE and the Royal College of GPs are encouraging adults to focus on walking briskly for 10 minutes each day rather than just counting steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

Tobacco use is not falling fast enough

Targets agreed globally for tobacco use reduction are being missed, says WHO

Ban on prescribing valproate to women of childbearing age

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has come out in support of new restrictions on the prescribing of an epilepsy drug that can harm the health and development of unborn children.

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.
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