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Seven-day services would not improve clinical outcomes, study finds

A seven-day-a-week NHS would not improve adverse weekend clinical outcomes, a new study suggests.

RCN calls for social media campaign to increase meningitis vaccination uptake

RCN calls for social media campaign to increase meningitis vaccination uptake

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is urging school leavers to get vaccinated against meningitis and says the government should launch an urgent social media campaign to encourage them to before fresher’s week begins.

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PDA urges Boots pharmacists to pledge support for legal action

Boots pharmacists are being urged to officially pledge their support for a legal application to “derecognise” the Boots Pharmacists Association.

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E-cigarettes could be prompting UK teens to start smoking traditional cigarettes, study finds

E-cigarette use may be prompting UK teenagers to start smoking traditional cigarettes, according to the results of a pilot study published in August 2017.

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First students graduate from integrated five-year MPharm degree

The first cohort of students to complete a five-year MPharm degree with fully integrated pre-registration training have graduated from the University of Nottingham.

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New study highlights value of pharmacist prescribers in hospitals

Pharmacist prescribing evaluated in three critical care units was found to be safe, with a very low error rate.

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Type 2 diabetes on the rise in children and young people in England and Wales

The number of children and young people with type 2 diabetes being managed in paediatric diabetes units has increased each year for the past three years, according to a national audit.

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Delayed antibiotics have similar benefits to those taken straight away, according to UK study

Shorter courses and ‘just-in-case’ prescriptions cut the risk of complications as well as reducing exposure to antibiotics while still producing good outcomes, researchers find.

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Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is first to pass CQC inspection across all categories of care

Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor is the first online service to be passed as providing safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led services in accordance with the relevant regulations in the latest round of inspections of online providers of primary care, carried out by the Care Quality Commission.

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All babies to receive hepatitis B vaccination

All babies born in the UK from 1 August 2017 will be vaccinated against hepatitis B virus, health officials have announced.

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UK gets first Sjögren's syndrome guidelines

The British Society of Rheumatology has published the first UK clinical guidelines for adults with primary Sjögren’s syndrome

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Lack of evidence over ketamine’s long-term safetySubscription

Acute side effects are common in studies of patients who have received ketamine for depression and more research is needed into long-term outcomes, researchers find.

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Bodyweight-based growth hormone dosing excessive for obese patientsSubscription

Researchers argue that alternative dosing strategies for obese patients, in particular children, should be rigorously trialled.

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Alendronate might help protect against hip fracturesSubscription

Patients treated with prednisolone are likely to benefit from receiving the osteoporosis treatment alendronate, but further research is needed.

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Idarucizumab rapidly reverses dabigatran anticoagulationSubscription

Researchers find that idarucizumab effectively counteracts the workings of anticoagulant dabigatran in emergency situations.

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Antibiotics in late pregnancy linked to inflammatory bowel diseaseSubscription

Researchers found that exposure to the antibiotic cefoperazone resulted in gut microbial imbalances in the mother that were transmitted to their offspring.

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PPI use not linked to cognitive functionSubscription

A study conducted over a 14-year period found no convincing association between proton-pump inhibitor use and cognition.

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IGF1R inhibitors could treat osteosarcomaSubscription

Over the last three decades there has been limited improvement in the prognosis of osteosarcoma, a primary malignancy of bone which is incurable in 40% of cases.

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Adding antipsychotic more effective than switching antidepressant in MDDSubscription

Researchers compared remission rates in patients with major depressive disorder who were either switched to another antidepressant or had their existing treatment augmented with an antipsychotic.

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Special report

Eliminating hepatitis

Friday 28 July marks the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Hepatitis Day — an opportunity "to add momentum to all efforts to all efforts to implement the WHO's global health sector strategy on hepatitis for 2016–2021 and help countries achieve the final goal — to eliminate hepatitis." Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's on tackling this group of diseases.

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