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Women with epilepsy should be made aware of the risks associated with their medication before becoming pregnant

Study measures impact of epilepsy drugs in uteroSubscription

Women with epilepsy should be warned upon diagnosis that some treatments for the condition may cause adverse effects on the neurodevelopment of unborn babies.

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Parents warned to keep e-cigarettes out of reach as poisoning incidents increaseSubscription

There has been a significant rise in the number of cases of children ingesting the liquid in e-cigarettes, prompting poison experts at Public Health England to warn parents to keep them out of reach.

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MPs question the value of the NHS Health CheckSubscription

A report from an influential group of MPs has suggested that the health check programme represented poor policy and may not achieve its intended aims.

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Identifying patients at risk of diabetes

With 11.5 million people at risk in the UK, it is essential to recognise the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

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Find out which interactions are associated with the latest antidiabetic medicines.

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The management of lymphomas involves a range of different chemotherapy schedules, with novel medicines emerging and offering better treatment options.

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Pharmacy workforce remains a dilemmaSubscription

Reforms to pharmacy education and training will now proceed without a cap on student numbers, but there may well be unintended consequences.

Patrick LF Zuber, group leader for global vaccine safety at the World Health Organization, talks to John Zarocostas about vaccine safety, the Ebola vaccine and new vaccines in the pipeline.

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Patrick LF Zuber, group leader for global vaccine safety at the World Health Organization, talks about vaccine safety, the Ebola vaccine and new vaccines in the pipeline.

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More research needs to be done to examine why women are under-represented in senior roles in the profession.

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The use of zero-hour contracts — especially in skilled professions such as the NHS — has long been controversial. On one hand, the NHS saves money by only paying people as and when they are needed to work, but, on the other hand, the employer has no guara

Working as staff bank members in hospitals offers pharmacists flexibility and variety Subscription

There are advantages and disadvantages for NHS employees who work only when they are needed. New legislation is set to protect them a little more.

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MOOCing a change — using online courses to enhance your learning and reach a wider audienceSubscription

Massive open online courses present learners with a new way to access information and interact with other participants. Setting one up can help you reach a diverse global audience.

Questions should be asked about how health commissioners recirculate funding to GPsSubscription

Income from local enhanced services that were historically delivered by GPs could and should be open to competition, not just recycled to general practice, according to the president of the National Association of Primary Care.

Panelists at the Pharmacy Show debate if e-cigarettes should be sold in pharmacies or not

Should pharmacies sell electronic cigarettes?Subscription

As the UK sees the massive growth of vapers, the e-cigarette industry and pharmacy leaders debate the merits of selling e-cigarettes in pharmacies at the Pharmacy Show.

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How pharmacists in Scotland can help combat antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

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Jacqueline Sneddon, project lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, and Annamarie McGregor, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explain how pharmacists in Scotland can improve antimicrobial stewardship.

Why elderly care must be a priority for pharmacists in WalesSubscription

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Health minister calls for pharmacists to focus on polypharmacy and over-treatment in the elderly.

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The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is by far the biggest on record in terms of numbers of people affected and geographical spread. It is also the first time the disease has spread through a large urban environment. Since it began in Guinea in December 2013, it has spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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Psychedelics: entering a new age of addiction therapy

Psilocybin, the compound that makes mushrooms magic, is showing promise as a treatment for several psychiatric illnesses.

NHS Benchmarking Network aims to benchmark pharmacy-related productivity in the NHS

Measuring productivity does not always reflect performance Subscription

A project that aims to benchmark pharmacy-related productivity in the NHS raises concerns for pharmacists.

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Investigating treatment strategies for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirusSubscription

Researchers are investigating a number of ways to combat the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, including using existing drugs.

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New technique produces chirally pure moleculesSubscription

Researchers based in the US look at a new way to create chirally pure molecules to help discover drugs.

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Meta-analysis strengthens link between depression and inflammationSubscription

Anti-inflammatory treatments have an effect on depression and depressive symptoms, a systematic review of trials finds.

Tannic acid, Staphylococcus aureus, cystic fibrosis

Chemical screening unearths tannic acid as candidate for cystic fibrosis therapySubscription

Researchers have found that tannic acid is able to act against Staphylococcus aureus, a major cause of infection in cystic fibrosis.

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Phantom pharmacist returns to scene of his error

Roger Poole tells the spooky story of the pharmacist who hanged himself after accidentally poisoning his apprentice.

Reconsider student intake controls

HEFCE and HEE have announced that they will not be introducing a cap on pharmacy student numbers. Sultan Khan explains why he disagrees with this decision.

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E-cigarettes: proceed with cautionSubscription

I note that your online poll suggests support for the sale of e-cigarettes in pharmacies (2014;293:412). It is not clear who you polled but that is beside the point.

E-cigarettes in pharmaciesSubscription

I attended this year’s Pharmacy Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 5–6 October 2014 and saw a large number of exhibitors flogging their e-cigarette products to attendees, many of whom are pharmacists. How can pharmacists encourage patients to give up smoking while at the same time promote the sale of e-cigarettes? My local Boots pharmacy has a display stand of e-cigarettes right next to the dispensary and ...

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Perversely the funding settlement actually drives contractors further towards item numbers rather than service provision by making them do more dispensing to be in with the remotest possibility of attaining the same revenues.

Tariq Atchia Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding deal