How pharmacy teams can reduce the risk of falls in elderly people by identifying risk factors and managing medicines.
Long QT syndromeSubscription
How to interpret ECG readings in long QT syndrome and minimise patients’ risk of heart symptoms caused by this cardiac arrhythmia.
Adverse drug reactions account for most cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin condition with a high mortality rate.
Borderline personality disorder: managementSubscription
Although a wide variety of psychotropic medicines are used for borderline personality disorder, there is a weak evidence base and treatment is controversial.
People with borderline personality disorder often have difficulties in maintaining social relationships and they have a high risk of suicide.
The causes and treatments for a condition that affects six out of ten people at any time.
Driving after taking drugs and medicinesSubscription
Find out how new drug driving rules coming into force from March 2015 will affect your patients.
How to assess patients for alcohol use disorders and ensure they get the right level of advice and support.
New priorities for palliative careSubscription
The Liverpool Care Pathway has been replaced by five new principles for palliative care, which have a significant impact on pharmacy practice.
Atrial fibrillation guideline updatesSubscription
How the latest clinical guidelines change the management of a cardiac arrhythmia affecting 1% of adults in the UK.
Acute management and prevention of goutSubscription
Ways to treat this painful condition that affects almost 900,000 people in the UK and how lifestyle changes can prevent further attacks.
Over-the-counter treatments for athlete's footSubscription
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.
Acne vulgaris Subscription
Acne affects eight out of ten teenagers and can persist into later life. Pharmacists have a wide range of treatments to offer patients.
HIV: pathology, diagnosis and preventionSubscription
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
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
Bedaquiline in multi-drug resistant tuberculosisSubscription
The first new anti-tuberculosis drug since 1967 could revolutionise therapy and tackle resistant strains.
Thermotherapy and cryotherapySubscription
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
Heart failure: managementSubscription
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
Heart failure: clinical features and diagnosisSubscription
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
Ever heard of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?Subscription
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
Life-threatening complications following cardiac surgery are common, but can be managed with appropriate treatment.
What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?Subscription
The ‘ice bucket challenge’ was started to raise awareness of ALS; find out more about this fatal neurodegenerative condition.
Ebola: what pharmacists need to knowSubscription
Pharmacists are ideally placed to help educate the public during the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease.
Treatment of complex oral lesionsSubscription
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.
Can someone start nicotine replacement therapy while taking theophylline to manage COPD?
Although there is no cure for this painful condition, pharmacists can play a key role in its management.
Managing heat exhaustion in primary careSubscription
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
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.
Should heparin-based solutions be used in preference to normal saline to prevent obstruction in indwelling intravascular catheters?
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.
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.
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
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
Using sodium valproate during pregnancy can put babies at risk of developmental problems. Kalliopi Dodou and Paul Whiteley explore some ofthe recent evidence
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.