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  • 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’.

  • Parkinson's disease concept illustration

    Back to basics: striving to stall Parkinson’s disease progression Subscription

    21 SEP 2017 By Michele Solis

    First described 200 years ago, Parkinson’s disease remains without a cure. After many failed clinical trials, researchers are getting back to basics to try to gain a better understanding of the challenges, and a new generation of treatment ideas are now in clinical trials, some of which aim to stall progression of the disease.

  • Images showing forms of drug delivery: nanoparticles, microchip technology, micro needle patcher and ultrasound-guided delivery

    Making drugs work better: four new drug delivery methods Subscription

    14 SEP 2017 By Janna Lawrence

    New drug delivery methods have started to emerge that aim to improve efficacy, cost-effectiveness and adherence as well as reduce side effects.

  • Historical illustration of an eye

    Evidence-based understanding of dry eye disease in pharmacy: overview of the TFOS DEWS II report

    July 2017 saw publication of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society International Dry Eye Workshop report, an update to the 2007 report that became the reference for clinicians, researchers and industry on dry eye. Pharmacy is a frequent point of contact for patients with a dry eye condition. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should therefore be aware of its changing definiton, causes, diagnosis and management.

  • Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria

    Antimicrobial therapies for Gram-positive infections Subscription

    Gram-positive bacteria are among the most common human pathogens associated with clinical infections, which range from mild skin infections to sepsis. In an era defined by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and an increasing drive toward delivering patient care via ambulatory pathways, the paradigm for the management of infections is changing. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), the best known cases of ...

  • crowd walking pavement motion feet ss 17

    Foot health in community pharmacy

    24 AUG 2017

    Community pharmacists, working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, can care for patients with foot conditions, providing relief to a health system under strain. Produced in partnership with RB.

  • Digitalised illustration of DNA in pill representing personalised medicine

    Genomic medicine is going mainstream and pharmacists need to be prepared Subscription

    17 AUG 2017 By Julia Robinson

    The 100,000 Genome Project is driving the move from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment, towards personalised, or precision, medicine. Genetic information is also being used by pharmaceutical companies to help speed up drug discovery and development, and reduce the associated costs. Pharmacists will have an important role to play when genomic medicine goes mainstream.

  • Clinician check a man's foot using a mirror

    The diabetic foot

    Diabetes-related foot problems are common, and negatively impact patients’ quality of life, so it is important that pharmacists are aware of symptoms and the relevant care pathways for these patients to ensure they receive the best care and education regarding how to manage their condition. Produced in partnership with RB.

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