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Woman takes statin pill

US researchers say statins may speed up Parkinson’s in susceptible patients

A new study suggests that the use of statins is associated with a higher risk of developing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.


Teen vaping rates fall in the United States

The number of US school children who smoke e-cigarettes fell from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016.

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Multi-compartment compliance aid box

Compliance aids reduce medicine administration errors in care homesSubscription

Researchers observe higher accuracy rates when multi-compartment containers are used instead of original packaging to administer tablets to care-home residents.

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SGLT2 inhibitors linked to increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis Subscription

In a study comparing treatments for type 2 diabetes, SGLT2 inhibitors show double the risk of ketoacidosis versus gliptins.

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Cannabis drug cuts seizures in childhood epilepsySubscription

Cannabidiol shows promise in reducing the frequency of convulsive seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy.

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Flu might increase risk of Parkinson’s diseaseSubscription

Researchers observe a link between flu virus infection and Parkinson’s disease pathology, strengthening the case for flu vaccination and prompt antiviral treatment.

Diabetic foot ulcer

Foot mat helps predict recurrent diabetic foot ulcersSubscription

A heat-detection mat that gives early warning of developing foot ulcers shows encouraging results, offering a useful tool in diabetic care.

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Chondroitin sulfate alleviates symptoms in knee osteoarthritisSubscription

Study shows positive effects of medicine in managing pain and improving mobility in patients with osteoarthritis.

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Pharmacists have a vital role to play in tackling misuse of prescription drugs by young peopleSubscription

As more young people turn from street drugs to prescription drugs for recreation or to enhance academic performance, pharmacists need to increase their vigilance when supplying medicines, either on prescription or over the counter, and be aware of medicines’ potential to end up on the black market.

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Pharmacists join the fight against hypertensionSubscription

Some pharmacists are at the forefront of tackling high blood pressure by providing hypertension services within GP practices, community clinics and pharmacies. But to improve the prevention, early detection and management of the condition, these services need to be more widespread.

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Science of sunscreen

Science of sunscreenSubscription

Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through better knowledge of sun damage and how to protect against it.

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Closed pharmacy store

Latest update: Follow news and reaction to pharmacy cuts as they unfold

Follow the latest updates on the proposed 12% funding cuts to community pharmacy, which could result in the closure of a quarter of pharmacies in England.

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