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Compliance rates with hand hygieine standards are below 50% in most healthcare settings, suggests a US study

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Hospital employees who work with patients wash their hands less frequently as they get deeper into their shifts, a study finds.

UNAIDS sets target of 90% of people with HIV receiving treatment by 2020Subscription

A fast-track approach is needed over the next five years for the AIDS epidemic to cease to be a global health threat by 2030, according to a report by UNAIDS released on 18 November 2014.

Vitamin B and folic acid supplements in elderly people do not improve memory or cognitive skills in elderly people

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The cognitive performance of elderly participants involved in a two-year study did not benefit from vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements.

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PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors induce a higher response rate across a wider range of tumours than other immunotherapies.

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How to identify and treat the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections and reduce the threat posed to public health.

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How to tailor treatment for patients and ensure optimum management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Growing antimicrobial resistance is growing and results in 25,000 deaths in Europe each year. In the image, enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacterium in an antibiotic susceptibility test proved to be resistant to all of the antibiotics tested

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Improve your practice and slow the increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance that already cost around 25,000 deaths across Europe each year.

Cangliflozin and dapagliflozine are used to treat diabetes as each blocks the reabsorption of glucose in the proximal convoluted tubule of the kidneys

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

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The NHS could save huge amounts of money by effective management of medicine and clinical waste

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Amidst the drive for efficiency in the NHS, medicines waste must not be oversimplified.

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Social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can help you secure a job by improving your curriculum vitae (CV) online

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Perhaps you’ve set up a LinkedIn account and have no idea what to use it for. Maybe you have a Twitter profile and only use it to tweet photographs of your dinner. This article explains how you can use social media to your professional advantage — increasing your chances of being spotted by an employer and getting a job offer.

Claire Liew with the pharmacy staff of St Walburg's Hospital in Tanzania where she volunteered as part of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

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Pharmacist Claire Liew spent 18 months volunteering at St Walburg’s hospital in Tanzania with Voluntary Service Overseas. Here, she describes what she learnt — and hints that her adventures abroad might not be over yet.

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David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, says government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.

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David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, says the government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.

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Proposed guideline says pharmacist medication reviews do not provide value for money for the NHS.

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The cost of medicines prescribed by hospitals in England increased by 15.1% to £5.8bn, data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show

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The cost of medicines prescribed by hospitals in England increased by 15.1% to £5.8bn in 2013–2014 compared with the previous year.

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New research suggests that selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors herald worse outcomes following ischaemic stroke.

The glioblastoma cells of a patient are used to treat tumour. In picture, MRI scan of a glioblastoma of a brain tumour

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Hopes for a vaccine to tackle glioblastoma are bolstered by positive results from a phase I trial reported in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy.

Memantine (molecular structure pictured) could be used as a pharmacological treatment for binge-eating disorder, recent study finds

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Research findings support a role for memantine as a potential pharmacological treatment for binge-eating disorder.

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Emergence by Renee Rilexie at “Catharsis: a symbiosis of science and art” exhibit

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Benedict Lam looks at an exhibition in London that brings art and science together and spoke to some of the artists to find out their inspiration

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Is it art to exploit the drug industry’s designs?

The Paul Stolper Gallery is hosting the latest pharmacy-inspired Damien Hirst exhibition. Andrew Haynes questions whether this is art or exploitation.

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Disillusioned with the future of pharmacySubscription

After becoming qualified and working as a locum community pharmacist for over a year, I am already disillusioned by what the future of pharmacy will be. I agree with Adnan Baig’s letter (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2014:293:524) regarding how an uncontrolled, competitive market will undermine the profession. Throughout my studies I have worked hard with the hope of becoming ...

Without access to medical records, MURs cannot be conducted properlySubscription

A medicines use review (MUR) can only be done properly if the pharmacist has access to the medical records of the patient. I believe this is only possible if the MUR is conducted in a doctor’s surgery. I spent three months working in a large medical practice where I had access to the patient’s medical records. With this information, I was able to make a proper assessment of the patient’s needs. Also, community pharmacists are under pressure to meet MUR targets, which doesn’t help because ...

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Improving antimicrobial stewardship (video)Video

Anna Cichowska, consultant in public health strategy for NHS England and Mark Gilchrist, consultant pharmacist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust discuss the challenge of antimicrobial resistance and highlight key areas of concern.’

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Antimicrobial resistance

Last defence dam in antimicrobial resistance

Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Here, you can find news stories and articles about the issue.

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We do view our profession very pessimistically. It is almost assumed by all that the status quo will remain. As clinical services move to the community pharmacy setting and we begin to manage patients there, the demand for skilled prescribing pharmacists will increase.

Johnathan Laird Pharmacy workforce remains a dilemma