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Ten-year study by Takeda calls into question pioglitazone’s link with bladder cancer

Use of the diabetes drug pioglitazone is not associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, the drug’s manufacturer Takeda has claimed.

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group

Efforts to counter climate change-related health risks need to be put centre stage, says WHO

President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim calls for action on climate change, saying most serious impacts will be on public health.

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New NHS research internships open to pharmacists

Pharmacists can apply for government funding to enrol in an internship scheme aimed at developing their research skills from autumn 2014.

Ebola virus research

Positive results in monkeys from first ZMapp trial to treat Ebola

ZMapp, an experimental combination of three monoclonal antibodies, has successfully cleared Ebola virus infection in monkeys, paving the way for human trials of the therapy.

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Integrated care for cancer patients with depression is effective

There is a high prevalence of untreated depression in patients with cancer but an integrated treatment programme is proving to be effective.

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GSK to manufacture 10,000 Ebola vaccine doses as trials are fast-tracked

The Phase I trials will assess the safety of an experimental vaccine that is based on two formulations, with full results expected in 2015.

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£160m boost to Cancer Drugs Fund as it moves to evaluate medicines for the first time

The fund will start evaluating anticancer drugs to ensure their budget is spent wisely, after overspending in the last year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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Protein aggregation: formulating a problemSubscription

A better understanding of the interactions between therapeutic proteins and silicone oils, air bubbles and other particles inside prefilled syringes is prompting new approaches to formulation and syringe design.

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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.

Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Medicines supply chain ‘overwhelmed’ by Ebola crisis


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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The Ebola outbreak

International health organizations are struggling to contain the biggest Ebola outbreak on record. 

John Cromarty, chairman, Scottish Pharmacy Board

The RPS is heading in the right directionSubscription


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

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