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Why the term 'prediabetes' may cause more harm than goodSubscription

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Labelling patients as ‘prediabetic’ may not improve health outcomes because of inconsistencies with the testing and diagnosing of the condition, among other factors, writes Eleanor Barry.

CPD article

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Chronic oedema: treatment and the impact of prescribed medicinesSubscription

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Early diagnosis of lower limb oedema is crucial to prevent early oedema becoming chronic. Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are ideally placed to identify patients on certain medicines at higher risk of oedema, and should be aware of signs of chronic oedema when assessing patients to allow for prompt referral.

Review

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Examining the implications of analytical and remote monitoring in pharmacy practiceSubscription

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Remote patient monitoring (RPM) incorporates digital technology that collects health data from individuals in one location and electronically transmits secure data to healthcare providers in a different location for review and assessment. This allows healthcare professionals to make recommendations to optimise patient care without the patient having to be in the healthcare setting. With the implementation of RPM, pharmacists can use objective data obtained by remote ...

Short communications

Informative video about biosimilar medicines for patientsSubscription

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The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) has put together a video about biosimilar medicines which are entering the UK market as originator biologic medicines come off-patent. We want to encourage pharmacists and their staff to signpost suitable patients who are currently being prescribed biologics to this important new resource.

Identifying antibiotics associated with Clostridium difficile infection Subscription

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The increase in Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in the early 1990s was associated with the widespread use of clindamycin, cephalosporins and quinolones. A nationwide drive to implement strict antimicrobial stewardship guidelines has changed the nature of the antibiotics associated with C. difficile. As a result, in NHS England and the Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT), C. difficile incidence has decreased by over 75% from 2007 to 2017, because ...

Flossing still has its place in oral hygiene careSubscription

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Following comments made by the Associated Press in the United States[1] that dental flossing is a waste of time, there was a media-storm, leaving confusion in its wake. It is hoped that this comment will clarify matters for colleagues in pharmacy.

How pharmacists are helping the homeless in GlasgowSubscription

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Homelessness is a continuing social concern across the UK. In Glasgow there are an estimated 500 people sleeping rough on the streets at any one time[1]. In England the number of people sleeping rough has risen consecutively for the past 6 years

Research briefing

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Pain patients treated with ketamine less likely to experience depressionSubscription

24 MAY 2017

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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Doxycycline shows promise as repurposed drug against Parkinson’s diseaseSubscription

18 MAY 2017

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

15 MAY 2017

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

12 MAY 2017

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

Clinical Pharmacist

CP June 2017, Vol 9, No 6

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Examining the implications of analytical and remote monitoring in pharmacy practice

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Clinical Pharmacist is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal that provides authoritative resources on the clinical management of disease in relation to medicines and up-to-date information about advances in pharmacy and drug development. Clinical Pharmacist publishes Review articles, Perspectives, evidence-based CPD articles and Research articles on topics from drug discovery to clinical pharmacology and pharmacy.

The international audience of Pharmaceutical Journal Publications consists of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and healthcare professionals. The journal is available to 44,000 members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, as well as non-member individual subscribers and subscribing institutions.