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Obese couple

Balloon pill may offer surgery alternative for obese patients

An obesity pill that contains a balloon designed to swell up in the stomach could help patients lose up to two stone in only a few months, research presented at an obesity conference suggests.

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UK lags behind European neighbours in healthcare index because of performance on cancer

The UK lags behind some of its neighbours in terms of quality of and access to healthcare, results from a study published in The Lancet

Welsh National Assembly building

Welsh Senedd passes Bill to change issuing requirements for new pharmacy dispensing contracts

A bill that includes a provision to replace arrangements for issuing new pharmacy dispensing contracts with a system based on pharmaceutical needs assessments was passed by the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff on 16 May 2017.

Tomás Sou, a researcher at the Department of Pharmacy, Uppsala University in Sweden, presented the study at the International Pharmaceutical Federation's Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress 2017

New compound could improve treatment of lung infection in cystic fibrosis patients

Scientists have developed a new compound that could improve the quality of life of cystic fibrosis patients by increasing the effectiveness of antibiotics in tackling chronic lung infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Tablets of Viramune (nevirapine), Epivir (Lamivudine) and Kaletra (ritonavir/lopinavir), triple therapy for treatment of HIV

Improved HIV care has increased life expectancy by up to ten years

Reducing the toxicity of antiretroviral drugs, improving prophylaxis and better management of comorbidities have extended life expectancy for people with HIV, study results show.

car exhaust contributing to air pollution

UK air pollution deaths are ‘public health crisis’

People in the UK are more likely to die from air pollution than many other countries in Europe as well as the US, Brazil and Mexico, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

Theresa May's Twitter page

Conservatives join other two major parties by recognising role of pharmacy in manifesto

A Conservative government would support pharmacies in rural areas and ensure that all community pharmacies play a stronger role in keeping people healthy outside of hospital, the party promises in its manifesto.

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Emergency contraception

GPhC consultation on religious beliefs generates record number of responses

Proposals that would prevent a pharmacist from referring a patient elsewhere on the grounds that their personal religious beliefs prevented them from providing the necessary care have triggered a record number of responses, the General Pharmaceutical Council says.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England

NHS report promises 'over 1,300' pharmacists in GP surgeries by 2019

‘Next steps on the NHS five year forward view’ outlines progress made so far and highlights priorities for the next few years, including plans for 900 clinical pharmacists in GP surgeries by 2018 and over 1,300 by 2019.

Supermarket shelves

DH launches consultation on prescribing of gluten-free foods

The Department of Health (DH) has launched a consultation to gather views on the prescribing of gluten-free foods, saying that putting an end to prescribing these items could save the NHS over £25m a year.

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Healthcare professionals can report adverse effects of legal highs through new website

UK regulators have launched a pilot of a Yellow Card-type scheme for reporting adverse effects associated with legal highs and other illicit drugs.

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Molecular structure of doxycycline

Doxycycline shows promise as repurposed drug against Parkinson’s diseaseSubscription

Repurposing drugs that have already been tested for safety against novel targets has become an attractive strategy for researchers trying to find cures for progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

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Depression in cancer patients might be caused by chemotherapy drugs Subscription

Study suggests that depression among cancer patients results from chemotherapy drugs, not just the mental distress of a cancer diagnosis.

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Risk of fracture from benzodiazepine and Z-drugs higher for short-term usersSubscription

Meta analysis shows that fracture risk is highest among new users of both benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.

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PPI use in infancy increases childhood fracture riskSubscription

Proton pump inhibitors linked to higher risk of bone fractures in children as well as adults.

Molecular structure of valbenazine

Valbenazine shows efficacy for tardive dyskinesia in phase III trialSubscription

Promising results in the search for a drug to treat this involuntary movement disorder.

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Researchers test light-activated analgesia in miceSubscription

Light activation of the inactive forms of drugs may offer a powerful strategy for pain control, but further work is needed before it can be used in a clinical setting.

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Silica cages could keep vaccines intact without need for 'cold chain'Subscription

Ensilication enables protein-based substances to withstand heat of up to 100ºC and still function as normal.

Hydrophylax bahuvistara or fungoid frog

Peptide found in frog mucus protects against influenza virusSubscription

In the search for new drugs to treat cases of flu, scientists have found a unique class of antiviral agent in amphibians.

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Special report

RPS National Pharmacy Board Elections 2017 – voting now open

During May 2017, members and fellows of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) will vote to elect candidates to the National Pharmacy Board. Read letters from the hopefuls on this special election page. Voting is now open. Voting closes 26 May.

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