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Climbers’ ambulatory blood pressure rises at higher altitudes

Ambulatory blood pressure rises progressively as people trek to higher altitudes, finds a new study, which also examined the effect of altitude on telmisartan.

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WHO calls for ban on indoor use of e-cigarettes

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for tougher regulation on electronic cigarettes, including a ban on their use in indoor public places.

Paramedics carry an elderly woman on a stretcher into an ambulance

Study highlights cardiac risk of commonly prescribed antibiotic

Patients who take clarithromycin are at an increased risk of cardiac death compared with patients who take penicillin V or roxithromycin.

Steve Field, first chief inspector of general practice of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Information must be shared more effectively to stem controlled drug abuses

Healthcare professionals are still not following the rules when handling controlled drugs despite measures to tighten-up security.

An elderly man walking down a square

Researchers question whether blood pressure drugs increase risk of falls in elderly people

Concerns about the risk of falls in elderly patients receiving intensive blood pressure treatment may not be warranted, researchers argue.

Paramedic resuscitating man suffering from cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest trial will test adrenaline against placebo

Patients suffering from cardiac arrest could be given a placebo injection instead of adrenaline as part of a clinical trial.

Alopecia areata,hair loss in a woman

Drug restores hair in patients with alopecia areata

Scientists have shown how hair growth is restored when T cells responsible for hair loss in alopecia areata are eradicated using ruxolitinib.

Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Initiative sees pharmacists offer Ebola advice in Liberian drug stores

Pharmacists and pharmacy students in Liberia are to visit drug stores and pharmacies to give staff advice about preventing the spread of the Ebola virus.

ECG monitoring machine

BNF updates advice on dual blockade and ivabradine use

Warnings on the concomitant use of drugs targeting the renin-angiotensin system and the cardiovascular risk associated with ivabradine are highlighted in the August 2014 update from the British National Formulary.

Andrew Brenner, oncologist, Cancer Therapy & Research Center at The University of Texas

Anti-inflammatory drugs may lower breast cancer recurrence rate in overweight women

The recurrence rate of breast cancer in overweight postmenopausal women on hormone therapy was halved when they took daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Obese people walking on street

Rising obesity levels in UK could result in 4,000 extra cancer cases each year

A large body mass index is associated with the risk of developing ten common cancers, including uterine, kidney and liver cancers.

Pharmacist in consultation with patient

Report finds new medicine service improves treatment adherence and saves NHS money

The new medicine service is cost effective and increases the number of patients who adhere to their medicines by around 10%.

Micrograph of the female sex hormone, Estradiol

Zoely not recommended over established combined oral contraceptives

Estradiol-containing oral contraceptive Zoely has not been shown to be safer than other combined oral contraceptives, according to the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.

Boy being measured after receiving growth hormone therapy

Use of growth hormone in children linked to stroke in adults

Children treated with growth hormone for short stature may be at increased risk of stroke in adulthood, suggest researchers

Council estate building in London

Most deprived areas of England have best access to pharmacies

Patients living in the most deprived areas of England have the greatest access to community pharmacies, according to the first national study of its kind.

AFFiRiS laboratory scientist testing Parkinsons therapeutic vaccine

Experimental Parkinson’s disease vaccine is well tolerated

Positive phase I clinical trial results mean that AFFiRiS AG’s Parkinson’s disease vaccine will progress to the next stage of development.

Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation during a press conference on ebola outbreak

WHO to debate ethical issues surrounding experimental Ebola drugs

The main topics of discussion will be who should be first in line to receive the treatment and whether the drugs are safe for human consumption.

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Organ-on-chip technology to revolutionise drug developmentSubscription

Pioneering work creating organ models aims to predict the human response to a protein in order to assess whether it is a suitable drug target.

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Pharmacists serve on the front line and back at homeSubscription

Pharmacists were among the men and women who served in the First World War, through enlisting in the army, serving on the home front, or maintaining pharmaceutical services.

Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Medicines supply chain ‘overwhelmed’ by Ebola crisis

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Pharmacists working in West Africa have spoken about the overwhelming scale of the challenges they have faced in Liberia in the battle against the Ebola virus.

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Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2014

A closer look at the six finalist pharmaceutical care projects that were presented at the 22nd annual Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2014 held in London on 19 June.

John Cromarty, chairman, Scottish Pharmacy Board

The RPS is heading in the right directionSubscription

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Scottish Pharmacy Board chairman John Cromarty takes stock of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and finds significant progress has been made.

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