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  • Artificial intelligence (AI) brain

    Artificial Intelligence: will it change the way drugs are discovered? Subscription

    7 DEC 2017 By Rachel Brazil

    The pharmaceutical industry is beginning to invest in artificial intelligence (AI), with many large pharmaceutical companies partnering with AI start-ups in 2017 in order to develop better diagnostics or biomarkers, to identify drug targets and to design new drugs. But when will the first AI-designed drugs reach the market and will AI permanently change the pharmaceutical industry and the way drugs are discovered?

  • Close up of computer screen reflected on a man's eyeglasses

    Computer vision syndrome: causes, symptoms and management in the pharmacy

    5 DEC 2017 By Janki Barai, Chris Hammond

    Computer vision syndrome is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and mobile phone use. Patients may present to pharmacies complaining of eye discomfort and vision problems, so pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be able to distinguish the factors involved for particular patients

  • Legal and illegal drugs

    Clinical management of drug misuse and dependence: an update Subscription

    July 2017 saw publication of the fourth edition of ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, also known as the Orange Book, which provides guidance that supports healthcare professionals in the field of dependence on illicit and licit medicines. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of this online-only update and what the changes mean for practice.

  • Mental health communication concept

    The crucial role of pharmacists in mental health Subscription

    16 NOV 2017 By Julia Robinson

    Pharmacists’ role in mental health is wide ranging and spans different sectors and settings. However, pharmacists often lack confidence in this area. More hands-on experience early in a pharmacist’s training could help build confidence and raise awareness of the specialty as a possible career path.

  • Illustration showing research on smart insulin

    Towards a smarter insulin Subscription

    10 NOV 2017 By Dara Mohammadi
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    Scientists want to make a type of insulin that would need to be injected only once a day and would become active only in the presence of high glucose concentrations, freeing patients with type 1 diabetes from counting carbohydrates and injecting insulin several times a day.

  • Bronchiectasis, light photomicrograph showing dilated and distorted bronchus containing pus

    Bronchiectasis: diagnosis, treatment and management Subscription

    7 NOV 2017 By Karuna Sapru, Adam T Hill

    Bronchiectasis is a common chronic disease where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened. Patients present with recurrent cough, sputum production and are at risk of respiratory tract infections. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the latest management strategies.

  • Acne scars on back

    Innovation in acne treatment is long overdue but the treatment pipeline looks promising Subscription

    25 OCT 2017 By Emma Dorey

    Current treatments for acne are effective but regimens are complex and side effects are common. Better understanding of the pathology of acne is leading to identification of new, safer, treatment targets, and dermatologists and researchers in the field are excited about the pipeline.

  • Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Trichomonas vaginalis parasite

    How to diagnose and manage Trichomonas vaginalis Subscription

    17 OCT 2017 By Jackie Sherrard

    Trichomonas vaginalis, also known as trichomoniasis, is a curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis. The majority of infected individuals are asymptomatic or have non-specific symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. Therefore, appropriate treatment and prevention strategies are important to prevent its spread.

  • Illustration of a variety of glucose metering tests

    Non-invasive glucose monitoring for diabetes: five strategies under development Subscription

    12 OCT 2017 By Emma Young

    People with diabetes must regularly check their blood glucose levels to know how much medication to use, or to keep track of fluctuating levels. This monitoring is generally done at home using a finger prick blood test. Although accurate, this test can be messy and inconvenient, and there are concerns that many patients are not testing themselves as frequently as they should. A simple, pain-free, non-invasive method would mark a major improvement in diabetes care. Various companies ...

  • Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

    Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill Subscription

    26 SEP 2017 By Dawn Connelly

    The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.

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