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Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment is based on combination chemotherapy

Lymphomas: current and future treatment options

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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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Lymphomas: pathogenesis, clinical features and diagnosis

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Lymphomas are some of the most common cancers in the UK, with a wide variation in disease progression and prognosis between subtypes.

Fractured osteoporotic hip of an elderly woman after a fall. Around one in three people aged over 65 years falls at least once a year. This increases to around 50% of people older than 75 years

Preventing falls in older people

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How pharmacy teams can reduce the risk of falls in elderly people by identifying risk factors and managing medicines.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin condition with a high mortality rate, is caused by adverse drug reactions

Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysisSubscription

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Adverse drug reactions account for most cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin condition with a high mortality rate.

Pomegranate and other citrus fruit juices can interact with common medicines and put patients at risk

How fruit juice interacts with common medicinesSubscription

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How fruit juices can interact with common medicines and put your patients at risk.

Borderline personality disorder and mental health

Borderline personality disorder: managementSubscription

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Although a wide variety of psychotropic medicines are used for borderline personality disorder, there is a weak evidence base and treatment is controversial.

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Borderline personality disorder: diagnosis, clinical features and pathophysiologySubscription

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People with borderline personality disorder often have difficulties in maintaining social relationships and they have a high risk of suicide.

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Dentine hypersensitivity

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The causes and treatments for a condition that affects six out of ten people at any time.

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Driving after taking drugs and medicinesSubscription

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Find out how new drug driving rules coming into force from March 2015 will affect your patients.

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How to deliver brief interventions for alcohol misuseSubscription

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How to assess patients for alcohol use disorders and ensure they get the right level of advice and support.

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New priorities for palliative careSubscription

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The Liverpool Care Pathway has been replaced by five new principles for palliative care, which have a significant impact on pharmacy practice.

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Atrial fibrillation guideline updatesSubscription

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How the latest clinical guidelines change the management of a cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1% of adults in the UK.

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Acute management and prevention of goutSubscription

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Ways to treat this painful condition that affects almost 900,000 people in the UK and how lifestyle changes can prevent further attacks.

Trichophyton interdigitale, the fungus responsible for athlete's foot.

Over-the-counter treatments for athlete's footSubscription

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This fungal skin infection is estimated to affect more than 15% of the world’s population. Make sure your pharmacy team knows how to advise patients in managing this common condition.

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Acne vulgaris Subscription

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Acne affects eight out of ten teenagers and can persist into later life. Pharmacists have a wide range of treatments to offer patients.

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HIV: pathology, diagnosis and preventionSubscription

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The human immunodeficiency virus hijacks the immune system of its host. Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy, challenges still remain in reducing the spread of the virus

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HIV: managementSubscription

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Combined antiretroviral therapy is taken by people with HIV infection to prolong and improve quality of life. Patients require a high level of support to help them adhere to the complex regimens prescribed

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Bedaquiline in multi-drug resistant tuberculosisSubscription

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The first new anti-tuberculosis drug since 1967 could revolutionise therapy and tackle resistant strains.

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Thermotherapy and cryotherapySubscription

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Hot and cold therapies are widely used to treat muscle pain and sports injuries. Help your patients choose the right treatment option with our essential guide

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Heart failure: managementSubscription

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Reducing mortality and delaying disease progression are two key aims of treating heart failure but, for many patients, controlling symptoms and improving quality of life are more important than longevity

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Heart failure: clinical features and diagnosisSubscription

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Around a third of patients diagnosed with heart failure will die within one year. Early identification of symptoms and diagnostic testing can lead to improved outcomes and better quality of life 

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Ever heard of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?Subscription

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One in 5,000 people has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome — at least twice the number as have sickle cell anaemia, phenylketonuria or haemophilia A. Learn more about it here

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Complications after cardiac surgery can be life-threatening but are manageable with appropriate drug treatment

Cardiac surgery: caring for a patient and managing complicationsSubscription

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Life-threatening complications following cardiac surgery are common, but can be managed with appropriate treatment.

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What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?Subscription

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The ‘ice bucket challenge’ was started to raise awareness of ALS; find out more about this fatal neurodegenerative condition.

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Reporting concerns and whistleblowingSubscription

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How to raise concerns and develop a positive whistleblowing culture to safeguard your patients.

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Ebola: what pharmacists need to knowSubscription

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Pharmacists are ideally placed to help educate the public during the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease.

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Treatment of complex oral lesionsSubscription

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Patients with complex oral lesions are often prescribed treatments off-label. Pharmacists can assist in the care of these patients by counselling them on appropriate use of topical preparations.

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Theophylline interactionsSubscription

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Can someone start nicotine replacement therapy while taking theophylline to manage COPD?

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Hidradenitis suppurativaSubscription

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Although there is no cure for this painful condition, pharmacists can play a key role in its management.

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Managing heat exhaustion in primary careSubscription

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Heat-related conditions account for more than 1,000 deaths in the UK each year, a death toll set to rise as extreme weather events become the new norm.

Amoebic dysentery in an elderly patientSubscription

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A 70-year-old, 47kg woman was admitted via the accident and emergency department with a 14-day history of diarrhoea with recent urge incontinence, cramping abdominal pain and three episodes of vomiting. The patient was diagnosed with amoebic dysentery. Read on to learn about the patient’s signs and symptoms.

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Are there any advantages in using heparin solutions to flush intravascular catheters?Subscription

Should heparin-based solutions be used in preference to normal saline to prevent obstruction in indwelling intravascular catheters? 

How clozapine patients can be monitored safely and effectivelySubscription

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Patients who are taking clozapine require ongoing monitoring because of the risk of serious blood dyscrasias. What should pharmacists be checking before they dispense the medicine? The drug is subject to strict monitoring requirements because it is associated with serious side effects.

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Osteoporosis: diagnosis and risk assessmentSubscription

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Osteoporosis is caused by an imbalance in the process of bone remodelling and is most common in the ageing population

Question from practice: Management of paracetamol overdoseSubscription

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Deliberate overdose with paracetamol is a common method of self-harm. This is particularly true for young people of children aged under 15 years presenting to hospital after deliberate overdose, more than 50 per cent had taken paracetamol.

How to provide ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for patientsSubscription

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Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring provides information on how a patient’s blood pressure changes over a 24-hour period. Pharmacists are well placed to provide this service in primary care

Osteoporosis managementSubscription

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Patients with osteoporosis may require pharmacological treatment to increase bone mineral density and correct low levels of calcium and vitamin D — thereby lowering their risk of fracture 

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Concerns with using sodium valproate to treat epilepsy in pregnant womenSubscription

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Using sodium valproate during pregnancy can put babies at risk of developmental problems. Kalliopi Dodou and Paul Whiteley explore some ofthe recent evidence

Promoting self care in the community: the evidence and why it is importantSubscription

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Self care has become increasingly important to the NHS as it undergoes its most fundamental restructuring for many years. Budgets are becoming more difficult to manage in light of the increasing health burden caused by long-term conditions, an ageing population and conditions related to lifestyle choices such as smoking.

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

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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.

Liberal Democrat peer to lead revalidation advisory groupSubscription

21 OCT 2014

Lord Kirwood of Kirkhope has been appointed chairman of a group set up to provide advice to pharmacy regulators about continuing fitness to practise reforms.

Toyin Tofade, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy Baltimore, launched the FIP Education Initiative (FIPEd) Global Report

A global view of continuing professional developmentSubscription

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There is significant variability between continuing professional development frameworks across the world and these will continue to change and evolve.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ensuring relevance across the breadth of pharmacySubscription

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Newly elected RPS President Ash Soni looks at some of the challenges ahead, including gaining his own Faculty accreditation.

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