Study finds vitamin D supplements cut respiratory infections but public health officials not convinced
Results from a meta-analysis involving 11,321 people show that those given vitamin D supplementation were less likely to experience an acute respiratory infection.
Transformation of NHS at risk unless government funds shift to community health services, warns King’s Fund
Government plans to transform the NHS in England, outlined in its ‘Five year forward view’, are in jeopardy unless it recognises the social care crisis and funds the necessary shift in services out of hospital into the community, the King’s Fund think tank has warned.
Preregistration training for pharmacists in Wales is being transformed into an integrated community and hospital scheme, health secretary Vaughan Gething announced on 20 February 2017.
Pharmacists in New Zealand will soon be able to dispense certain types of oral contraceptive to women without a prescription.
There is no evidence that postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, a large, 20-year follow-up study has found.
Sprays containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) or PMD (p-menthane-3,8-diol) are more effective at repelling the mosquito species that spreads Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever and dengue than other types of products on the market, a study has found.
Antibiotics are illegally available without a prescription through 45% of 20 online websites, a snapshot survey of the ‘online pharmacy’ industry has found, which could undermine efforts to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance through antibiotic stewardship.
UK health minister David Mowat says that the Murray review into the provision of community pharmacy services will “direct” government policy.
Patients could have to wait up to two years longer to access new cancer drugs after the UK leaves the EU, because drug companies will prioritise winning approval for access to the larger European market, experts have warned.
The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA), a charity of cancer specialist pharmacists, has backed the use of biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (MABs) as part of cancer treatment.
Pilot schemes testing whether locating pharmacists inside GP practices can improve clinical care and free up GP time now need to be formally evaluated, says an all-party parliamentary group of MPs.
Hospitals in England will have to check overseas patients’ and migrants’ entitlement to free non-urgent NHS care from April 2017 when new regulations are due to be introduced, the Department of Health has announced. On ...
The price the NHS pays for some generic cancer drugs has risen by between 100% and more than 1,200% over the past five years, according to research presented at the European Cancer Conference held in Amsterdam.
Community pharmacists can play a “significant” role in providing hydration advice to patients who may be at risk of acute kidney injury, according to the results of an audit commissioned by the NHS’s Specialist Pharmacy Service, published on 13 January 2017.
Nursing home residents with pre-existing cognitive or functional impairments were at a higher risk of functional decline after taking beta-blockers following acute myocardial infarction, study shows.
Researchers found that standard-duration antibiotic treatment for acute otitis media works better than shorter treatments.
Non-aspirin NSAIDs offer protection against colorectal cancer but carry a high risk of adverse events.
Researchers found ocrelizumab to be more effective than interferon beta-1a for treating relapsing MS
Researchers used polynomial modelling to simulate complex drug-dose effects and found that they could accurately predict the dose-effect function of drug combinations.
Attempts to isolate human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against Zika virus have led to broadly neutralising antibodies that also show activity against Dengue virus.
Recent attention has turned to ways to prevent atopic dermatitis, which is associated with significant expenditure as well as comorbidities, from developing in children.
Low vitamin D levels linked to headaches in menSubscription
Some evidence has linked headache prevalence to increasing latitude, indicating a possible role for vitamin D exposure. But there are limited data to support this hypothesis.