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MRI scan showing intracranial haemorrhage

Intracranial haemorrhage risk of warfarin unrelated to INR controlSubscription

Study results show that choosing apixaban over warfarin could reduce the risk of anticoagulation-related intracranial haemorrhage.

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Anti-rheumatic works with anti-cancer drug to boost tumour cell deathSubscription

Researchers find that auranofin and RAPTA-T can work together to kill tumour cells.

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ADHD drug shows promise for treating dyslexiaSubscription

Researchers find that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder drug atomoxetine could benefit children with dyslexia.

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Peptide inspired by Komodo dragon blood promotes wound healingSubscription

Researchers in the United States use peptide from Komodo dragon to enhance wound healing in mice.

Micrograph of the islets of Langerhans found in the pancreas

Omega-3 fatty acids suppress type 1 diabetes in miceSubscription

Study results raise hope that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish oil may be able to reverse type 1 diabetes.

X-ray of lungs with cystic fibrosis

Naturally-occurring peptide shows promise for CF treatmentSubscription

Thymosin α1 is found to have strong potential to prevent the progression of cystic fibrosis.

Xray of a femur with a fracture from osteoporosis

Dagibatran carries reduced fracture risk compared with warfarinSubscription

Among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, study data show the use of dabigatran rather than warfarin was associated with a lower risk of osteoporotic fracture.

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Contraceptive pill does not increase long-term cancer riskSubscription

Most women who take the contraceptive pill are not at increased risk of cancer overall and may actually gain some protection against certain cancers, researchers say.

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Older adults should consult pharmacists on OTC sleep medications, researchers saySubscription

Out of 116 older adults, only 16% consulted a healthcare professional about their sleep aid and most would not think to consult a pharmacist, interviews reveal.

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Frequent intravitreal bevacizumab injections increase risk of glaucoma surgerySubscription

Seven or more injections a year makes patients more than twice as likely to need glaucoma surgery, according to researchers.

Molecular structure of PDE5 inhibitor

Erectile dysfunction drugs linked to decreased mortality after heart attackSubscription

Users of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors were found to have lower risk of death or rehospitalisation after heart attack.

Xray of irritable bowel syndrome. The EMA has granted licences to several biosimilar versions of Remicade (originator infliximab) adding inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as an indication

Collaboration boosts uptake of biosimilars in gastroenterologySubscription

Researchers report that a gain-share agreement between a trust and local CCGs enhanced uptake of biosimilar infliximab CT-P13.

Wearable sweat monitoring patch which can be used to treat diabetes

Disposable diabetes patch measures sweat glucose and delivers metforminSubscription

Wearable patch successfully delivered metformin under the skin of mice and reduced blood glucose levels, offering a system researchers say could be used in clinical settings as a treatment for diabetes.

Molecular structure of mefloquine

Researchers uncover the mechanism of mefloquineSubscription

Using cryo-electron microscopy technology, researchers mapped the binding of mefloquine in the Plasmodium falciparum parasite and discovered that by modifying the binding site, the drug’s potency could be enhanced.

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Involve non-medical prescribers in antibiotic stewardship, say researchersSubscription

Questionnaires with patients who consulted non-medical prescribers for respiratory tract infection showed that the majority of patients were satisfied with their treatment.

St Thomas' Hospital in London, UK

Public health cuts in England equate to £1.6bn in opportunity costs to the NHS in EnglandSubscription

Austerity measures in public health could have an eightfold detrimental impact on the NHS, say researchers

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Vitamin D supplements did not significantly reduce cancer risk in trial of older womenSubscription

Of 2,303 women with high vitamin D levels, 45 women taking vitamin D3 and calcium supplements were diagnosed with cancer within four years, compared with 64 women taking placebo.

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Neuraminidase inhibitor exposure during pregnancy not linked to adverse neonatal outcomesSubscription

Infants born to 5,824 women who received a prescription for a neuraminidase inhibitor during pregnancy had no increased risk of adverse neonatal outcomes or congenital malformations.

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Folinic acid shows potential for Parkinson’s disease in fruit fliesSubscription

A folinic acid-enriched diet reduced neuronal degeneration in adult fruit flies compared with those given a normal diet, researchers have discovered

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Genotype-guided dosing improves safety of warfarin Subscription

Older adults who received a genotype-guided dose of warfarin via a web application were less likely to experience adverse effects compared with clinical dosing, trial results show.

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