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Multi-compartment compliance aid box

Compliance aids reduce medicine administration errors in care homesSubscription

Researchers observe higher accuracy rates when multi-compartment containers are used instead of original packaging to administer tablets to care-home residents.

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SGLT2 inhibitors linked to increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis Subscription

In a study comparing treatments for type 2 diabetes, SGLT2 inhibitors show double the risk of ketoacidosis versus gliptins.

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Cannabis drug cuts seizures in childhood epilepsySubscription

Cannabidiol shows promise in reducing the frequency of convulsive seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy.

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Flu might increase risk of Parkinson’s diseaseSubscription

Researchers observe a link between flu virus infection and Parkinson’s disease pathology, strengthening the case for flu vaccination and prompt antiviral treatment.

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Foot mat helps predict recurrent diabetic foot ulcersSubscription

A heat-detection mat that gives early warning of developing foot ulcers shows encouraging results, offering a useful tool in diabetic care.

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Chondroitin sulfate alleviates symptoms in knee osteoarthritisSubscription

Study shows positive effects of medicine in managing pain and improving mobility in patients with osteoarthritis.

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Taking vitamin D during pregnancy boosts neonatal immune systemSubscription

Analysis of the umbilical cords of newborns suggests that maternal vitamin D supplementation may help to reduce the risk of allergic conditions in early life.

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Study identifies biomarkers predicting cognitive decline in early Parkinson’s diseaseSubscription

Significant findings offer scope for the development of clinical trials and personalised treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

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Cancer drug shows potential in treating severe asthmaSubscription

US researchers explore the effects of imatinib on reducing mast cell activity in poorly controlled asthma.

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Paediatric epilepsy drug response linked to common genetic variantsSubscription

Recent research has shown that patients with childhood absence epilepsy, the most common form of paediatric epilepsy, have highly variable responses to antiepileptic medications.

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Tamoxifen prevents high fat diet-induced obesity in miceSubscription

The oestrogen-receptor modulator widely used to treat and prevent breast cancer could help to protect against weight gain and insulin resistance, researchers find.

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Biologic medicine effective against refractory psoriatic arthritisSubscription

Trial supports the use of ixekizumab as an option for patients who are unable to take TNF inhibitors.

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Bevacizumab as effective as aflibercept for central retinal vein occlusionSubscription

Bevacizumab is frequently used off-label for treating macular oedema resulting from central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), despite a lack of supporting data.

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Two doses of HPV vaccine enough to protect against genital wartsSubscription

US study shows that three doses of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine does not provide any more protection than two against genital warts.

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Evidence shows eczema to be caused by deficiency in skin’s barrierSubscription

Absence of a key epidermal barrier protein appears to be enough to affect the expression of proteins relevant to atopic eczema.

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Genetic study finds no evidence vitamin D linked to atopic diseaseSubscription

Observational studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin D might increase the risk of asthma, atopic dermatitis and raised immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels.

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Later menopause and long-term use of hormone therapy linked to higher risk of hearing lossSubscription

Hearing loss risk is higher in women who go through the menopause after 50 years of age and take hormone therapy for five years or more.

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Risk of drug-resistant sepsis raised for three years after bacteria exposureSubscription

Patients can be 50 to 100 times more likely to get a blood stream infection in the years after Enterobacteriaceae is detected in faeces and urine, study results suggest.

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Immunotherapy offers hope for newly diagnosed lung cancer patientsSubscription

Researchers examine cell activity in early stage lung tumours and find they can be amenable to biologic therapy, as they already know advanced tumours to be.

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Pain patients treated with ketamine less likely to experience depressionSubscription

Large-scale data from the US Food and Drug Administration suggest that ketamine should be studied for use in patients suffering from depression.

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