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Regulators and pharmaceutical companies are monitoring social media posts for potential adverse drug reaction signals

Searching social networks to detect adverse reactions

Regulators and pharmaceutical companies are monitoring social media posts for potential adverse drug reaction signals.

Bushmeat market in Africa. A separate Ebola outbreak in a rural region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2014 was thought to have originated in a woman returning from an animal market, was identified and dealt with rapidly

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Advances in molecular techniques make it easier to track down the first patient to be infected with a disease while it is still useful.

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Light micrograph of liver sarcoidosis, a non-malignant immunological disorder characterised by non-caseating (non-necrotising) granulomas.

Identifying and managing sarcoidosisSubscription

Sarcoidosis is a complex immunological disorder that requires careful management and vigilant monitoring.

Light micrograph of kidney collecting ducts, which along with the distal convoluted tubule is the site of action for potassium-sparing diuretics

Diuretic therapy explainedSubscription

The different mechanisms of action that classes of diuretic have means they can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

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Learning articles of the year: check your knowledge of subjects ranging from ebola to QT syndrome.

Highlights of CPD and learning in 2014Subscription

Try our clinical quiz, taken from this year’s learning articles, and check your knowledge of subjects ranging from Ebola to QT syndrome.

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The public's trust in pharmacy is a mixed pictureSubscription

When it comes to developing pharmacists’ clinical roles, the engagement of patients and the public may be the sticking point.

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs for Children and Adolescents

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‘Clinical handbook of psychotropic drugs for children and adolescents 3rd edition’ by Elbe D, Bezchlibnyk-Butler K Z, Virani A S , Procyshyn R M.

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Amira Guirguis, a researcher, is designing a model to improve on-site identification of new psychoactive substances of misuse

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Researcher Amira Guirguis is designing a model to improve on-site identification of new psychoactive substances of misuse. She explains why the work is vital to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent avoidable deaths.

David Taylor, pharmacist, academic and one of the top clinical leaders in Britain in 2014

Answering clinical conundrums as a psychiatry research leaderSubscription

Pharmacist and academic David Taylor, lead author of ‘The Maudsley prescribing guidelines’, was named as one of the top clinical leaders in Britain in 2014. He discusses why he believes pharmacy’s future lies in clinical aspects of care and research.

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Pharmacists are set to work alongside emergency department staff at up to 36 A&E units across England from March 2015 in a significant expansion of an NHS pilot programme

Pharmacists set to be drafted into dozens of A&E departments in EnglandSubscription

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Large expansion of NHS pilot project will see many more pharmacists working in emergency departments.

Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacists can’t ignore ‘quality improvement’ in today’s NHSSubscription

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Pharmacists must show a commitment to the developing field of ‘quality improvement’ as the NHS evolves, says Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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EMA recommends approval of liraglutide as weight loss drugSubscription

The European Medicines Agency is recommending that the prescription-only injectable drug liraglutide (Saxenda) should be granted a marketing authorisation as a weight loss product.

Public health campaign highlights heartburn link to cancerSubscription

People who have daily heartburn for three consecutive weeks may be at risk from oesophageal or stomach cancer and are advised to visit their GP, according to a new public health campaign.

The Human Protein Atlas shows the locations of almost 17,000 different proteins in the human body could offer invaluable guidance for drug developers

Human Protein Atlas reveals drug targetsSubscription

The Human Protein Atlas shows the locations of almost 17,000 different proteins in the human body and could offer invaluable guidance for drug developers. 

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Pharmacist trainees who completed their training in the community sector are more likely to be dissatisfied with the experience according to a recent survey conducted on behalf on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Pre-reg pharmacists dissatisfied with their training more likely to have trained in community sectorSubscription

Pharmacist trainees who completed their training in the community sector are more likely to be dissatisfied with the experience, while a higher proportion of dissatisfied students trained in London.

North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) is recruiting pharmacies to take part in its new SelfCare Pharmacy practice

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North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee is recruiting pharmacies to take part in its new ‘SelfCare Pharmacy’ practice. Will its efforts result in a viable new model of pharmacy care?

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A tattoo-based iontophoresis-sensor platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, say researchers

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A tattoo-based iontophoresis-sensor platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, say researchers.

Human cancers use the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway in order to overcome cell death. This could be used as potential treatment for vulnerable tumours. In the image, human chromosome with telomeres (in pink).

ATR inhibitors induce cell death in ALT-positive osteosarcoma and glioblastoma cellsSubscription

ATR inhibition may be a useful treatment approach in cancers that use the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway to overcome cell death.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advice on the use of metformin is curbing its use. The low rate of metformin use is due to discrepancies between FDA and clinical guidelines, researchers believe

FDA advice on metformin is curbing its useSubscription

Researchers want the US Food and Drug Administration to revisit its advice on the use of metformin in people with higher serum creatinine levels.

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The Pharmaceutical Journal's top 5 comment pieces of 2014

Benedict Lam takes a look back on the most popular and talked about comment pieces of 2014

Most popular features of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Most popular features of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Using visual representations of data to tell a story is proving popular, with infographic features taking first, second and third place in the top five features of 2014.

Top learning articles from 2014

Top 10 learning articles of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Our response to the Ebola outbreak is a sign of how our learning content is changing to meet your needs.

Domperidone must be supplied on prescription, MHRA rules

Top 10 news stories of 2014 from The Pharmaceutical Journal

Harriet Adcock provides a rundown of the top ten news stories of 2014.

Making foods more filling could help tackle obesity

Adding a chemical that helps to cause satedness after eating to food may help to reduce the amount that individuals eat and therefore reduce weight gain.

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No more pro-pharmacy rhetoric: we need actionSubscription

GP surgeries and accident and emergency departments are under siege. Barely a day goes past without the issue being highlighted in the nation’s media and discussed by politicians of all persuasions. Everyone, it seems, agrees that pharmacy is a significant part of the answer and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and other pharmacy bodies have done a great job of

Maize growth is the real reason why malaria is a problem in AfricaSubscription

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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