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Closing in on Alzheimer’s diseaseSubscription
Knowledge about the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease has blossomed over the past few decades, leading to a better understanding of the condition and new ways to attack it.
Researchers are investigating whether priming the immune system with therapeutic vaccines can prompt the body’s own defences to spring into action against cancer.
Tracking down the optimum dose of exerciseSubscription
Prescribing physical activity could soon become as routine as prescribing drugs, and at least as beneficial.
The meningococcal group B (MenB) Bexsero vaccine will be added to the NHS childhood immunisation programme in England from 1 September 2015.
Updated national guidelines for adults with type 1 diabetes, for children and young people with types 1 and 2 diabetes and for patients with diabetic foot problems have been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
All NHS staff will have to declare any gift or hospitality from the pharmaceutical industry as part of their employment contract from 2016, in a clampdown on accepting perks announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
E-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes, says Public Health EnglandSubscription
Public Health England has suggested that pharmacists encourage the use of e-cigarettes as an aid to stop smoking, but the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has concerns because the products are not regulated.
Among strategies used to eradicate Helicobacter pylori infection in adults, the previously recommended seven days of standard triple treatment was the least effective, according to a review.
Modafinil could be the first safe ‘smart drug’Subscription
Modafinil, approved for narcolepsy and other wakefulness disorders, could be the first safe pharmaceutical nootropic agent or ‘smart drug’, according to a review published in European Neuropsychopharmacology .
Taking a certain type of beta blocker could prolong the lives of women with ovarian cancer by up to five years, a study published in Cancer suggests.
Tamoxifen has had a major impact on reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrences, but many younger women are either not starting treatment or are discontinuing it early.
DNA vaccine protects against MERS infectionSubscription
In the efforts to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, researchers may have developed an effective new synthetic vaccine.
Researchers have calculated that giving iodine supplements to pregnant women in the UK would increase their offspring’s IQ, resulting in cost savings from both a societal and health perspective.
Researchers introduced a new protocol in a cardiology unit to help ensure patients at risk were put on anticoagulants, but there were still high rates of under treatment.
Researchers have successfully introduced the enzymes needed to synthesise opioids into a strain of engineered yeast, which could be used as an alternative opioid source to the poppy.
Chief pharmaceutical officer for England targets key role for senior pharmacists in ongoing NHS reforms.
Edoxaban and vedolizumab recommended by NICESubscription
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended edoxaban (Lixiana; Daiichi Sankyo) as an option for treating and preventing recurrent deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Edoxaban is an oral anticoagulant that directly inhibits factor X (factor Xa), which is a key component in the formation of blood clots. In addition, vedolizumab (Entyvio; Takeda) has been recommended as a possible option for adults with moderate to severe ...
Daklinza treatment regimen Subscription
Daklinza (daclatasvir; Bristol-Myers Squibb) can now be used for 12 weeks, rather than 24 weeks, in combination with sofosbuvir to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C genotype 3.
Increased blood pressure with DianetteSubscription
The summary of product characteristics for Dianette (cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol; Bayer) now includes increased blood pressure as an adverse effect.
Caneston Bifonazole interaction with warfarinSubscription
The summary of product characteristics for Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily 1% w/w Cream (Bayer) now warns of a potential interaction with warfarin. Limited data suggests that an interaction between topical bifonazole and warfarin may be possible, leading to increases in INR [international normalised ratio]. If bifonazole is used in a patient on warfarin therapy they should be appropriately monitored. Closer monitoring may be ...
Levemir (insulin detemir; Novo Nordisk) is indicated for treatment of diabetes mellitus in adults, adolescents and children aged one year and over. It was previously licensed for children aged over two years.
Consultation on myeloma careSubscription
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance for consultation on the care of adults suffering from myeloma. It complements existing NICE guidance on the drug treatment of myeloma. Views on the draft guideline can be submitted until 1 October 2015. More information can be found on the NICE website.
Pharmacy Management accredited by RPS FacultySubscription
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty has accredited Pharmacy Management’s training programme, ‘Clinical leadership in pharmacy’. The organisation has also been accredited by the RPS Faculty as a training provider. More information can be found on Pharmacy Management’s website.
PHE breast cancer campaignSubscription
Public Health England has launched a national campaign to raise awareness of the risk and symptoms of breast cancer in older women. A briefing has been created for community pharmacy teams that gives advice on how to approach the topic with patients and gives details of where to order free materials for the campaign, which runs until 6 September 2015. This can