Happy new year! Many of us are starting 2017 with a new year's resolution, with improving health among the most popular. The Pharmaceutical Journal marks the start of a fresh year with its special report on smoking cessation, weight loss, and healthy living.
News and analysis
Study provides reassuring data on neuropsychiatric side effects of smoking cessation drugsSubscription
Smoking cessation medicines varenicline and bupropion do not increase the incidence of moderate or severe neuropsychiatric adverse events, compared with nicotine patches or placebo, according to new research.
Smokers who quit ‘cold turkey’ are more likely to stop longer term compared to those who give up gradually, a study has found.
Evidence is emerging that biologically active compounds in foods could play an important role in the development of disease.
Tracking down the optimum dose of exerciseSubscription
Prescribing physical activity could soon become as routine as prescribing drugs, and at least as beneficial.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are novel devices that simulate aspects of cigarette smoking and deliver nicotine to users. Evidence for their efficacy in smoking cessation, based on several randomised controlled trials of older devices, suggests a modest effect. They appear to be far less harmful than tobacco smoking, but the health effects of long-term use are unknown. Possible adverse population effects of widespread e-cigarette use, such as renormalising smoking ...
‘Food. The Forgotten Medicine’ was a conference convened by the College of Medicine last month. Here, Fawz Farhan, who attended the conference, discusses the importance of nutrition in disease.
Healthy living advice for elderly patientsSubscription
Pharmacists, particularly community pharmacists, have much contact with the public, especially older people. I have read the book ‘Sod Seventy!’ by the senior medical figure Sir Muir Gray. SAGA magazine publicised his advice in January 2016. I suggest that pharmacists consider sharing with appropriate patients my take on the guidance from Sir Muir.
UK Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that a tax is to be placed on sugary drinks is most welcome. Although this is a hypothecated tax that will generate money specifically for schools, it is important to congratulate the government on its valuable first step to improve several aspects of child health.
‘The diet myth: the real science behind what we eat’ by Tim Spector.
Weight loss drugs are not the solution to achieve sustainable weight loss and improve overall health.
How did our desire to consume sugary foods come about and what public health measures are needed to reduce this excessive consumption?
Foods high in salt, sugar and fat should be taxed to discourage unhealthy eating and slow rates of childhood obesity, says Colin Michie.