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Older adults at risk of medication-related dry mouthSubscription

In a meta-analysis of 26 studies, researchers found that medication use was significantly associated with dry mouth

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Statin therapy in obese patients and the risk of diabetesSubscription

Study highlights importance of people at high risk of diabetes being monitored during statin therapy

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Insulin pumps lead to better clinical outcomes compared with injection Subscription

Observational study compared rates of severe hypoglycaemia in diabetes patients using insulin pump and injection therapy.

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Multivitamins during pregnancy could lower risk of some types of autismSubscription

Maternal multivitamin use with or without additional iron or folic acid was associated with lower odds of autism spectrum disorder with intellectual disability in the child.

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Reducing hepatitis C virus transmissionSubscription

Combined needle provision and opioid substitution therapy could cut hepatitis C virus transmission risk.

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Lack of evidence that cancer drugs approved by the EMA improve survivalSubscription

BMJ published a study investigating the effectiveness of 48 drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency.

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PPI use not linked to osteoporotic fractures in Barrett’s oesophagusSubscription

Fractures are not uncommon in patients with the condition, but the rate is not higher than in the general population and is not associated with use of PPIs, researchers concluded.

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Smoking cessation after myocardial infarctionSubscription

Low adherence to early-use smoking cessation medications after myocardial infarction.

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Telemedicine as effective for Parkinson’s disease patients as face-to-face consultationSubscription

Providing specialist care through video conferencing was no less effective than in-person visits and was more convenient, study finds.

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Antithrombotic agents associated with haematuriaSubscription

Antithrombotic medications increase risk of complications linked to blood in the urine

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Antihistamine shows potential to repair neuron damage in multiple sclerosisSubscription

Research shows an over-the-counter antihistamine could act as a remyelinating agent in multiple sclerosis

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Botox more effective than topiramate for chronic migraine preventionSubscription

New research suggested botox had greater tolerability compared with topiramate against chronic migraine

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H1N1 infection may increase risk of type 1 diabetesSubscription

Researchers from Norway used national registry data to explore if the H1N1 virus could be linked to the development of type 1 diabetes

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Replacing cigarettes with vaping could cut early deathsSubscription

Researchers modelled a hypothetical scenario where 95% of smokers in the United States switched to e-cigarettes over a 10 year period

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Delayed-release ADHD medication provides all-day symptom controlSubscription

Researchers tested a delayed-release formulation of extended-release methylphenidate that can be taken in the evening but does not begin releasing drug until 8–10 hours after administration.

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Researchers discover new way to identify antibiotics using cancer cellsSubscription

Three of the compounds explored in the study inhibited cancer cell growth and also behaved as broad-spectrum antibiotics, with two effective against Staphylococcus aureus

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Antidepressants have different adverse effect profiles when used for chronic painSubscription

Researchers say that better knowledge of the side effects of low-dose antidepressants is needed to aid the selection of drugs for patients

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ADT increases some cardiovascular risks in men with localised prostate cancerSubscription

A study finds that the use of androgen deprivation therapy to treat prostate cancer is associated with a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease and recommends closer cardiac monitoring during treatment

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Antidepressant nortriptyline could slow Parkinson’s pathologySubscription

The drug could be used as a multi-functional compound to treat comorbid depression in Parkinson’s disease and also slow down the progress of the disease, researchers say.

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Encouraging adherence to low-dose aspirin important to public healthSubscription

A study finds that discontinuing low-dose aspirin is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, and that the risk does not decrease over time.

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