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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, 12 September 2015, Vol 295, No 7879

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  • Obesity is associated with an increased colorectal cancer risk in patients with a hereditary disease, but this risk is abrogated in those taking aspirin

    Aspirin reduces long-term risk of cancer in obese patients Subscription

    20 AUG 2015 16:51 By George Winter

    Obesity is associated with a greater risk of colorectal cancer in patients with Lynch syndrome but this risk is offset by taking aspirin regularly, an international study shows.

  • A new crop of biologic drugs promises to usher asthma treatment into the realm of personalised medicine. In the image, micrograph of lung lining

    Asthma therapies get personal Subscription

    10 SEP 2015 12:13 By Cassandra Willyard

    A new crop of biologic drugs promises to usher asthma treatment into the realm of personalised medicine.

  • August 2015: AWMSG approvals Subscription

    8 SEP 2015 11:07

    The following medicines have been approved for use in NHS Wales by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG): brimonidine gel for treating the symptoms of moderate-to-severe, persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea; Rezolsta (darunavir and cobicistat) for use in combination with other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection in adults; magnesium aspartate dihydrate for treating and preventing magnesium deficiency in patients aged two ...

  • Avastin not suitable for children Subscription

    8 SEP 2015 11:03

    The summary of product characteristics for Avastin (bevacizumab; Roche) has been updated to highlight that Avastin is not approved for use in patients aged under 18 years.

  • Taking a certain type of beta blocker could prolong the lives of women with ovarian cancer by up to five years. In the image, micrograph of ovarian cancer

    Beta blockers may prolong survival in ovarian cancer patients Subscription

    25 AUG 2015 16:45

    Taking a certain type of beta blocker could prolong the lives of women with ovarian cancer by up to five years, a study published in Cancer suggests.

  • Change in shape for Glucophage tablets Subscription

    9 SEP 2015 15:23

    The shape of Glucophage (metformin) SR tablets 500mg has changed from capsule-shaped biconvex tablets to round biconvex tablets. Additionally, microcrystalline cellulose has been removed from the list of excipients.

  • Fever in children is one of the most common clinical symptoms managed by healthcare providers. A child is usually regarded as having a fever if his or her temperature is 38○C or above. In the image, an adult holds a thermometer to a child’s ear

    Childhood fever: assessment in primary care Subscription

    8 SEP 2015 16:10 By Faye Chappell

    Identifying the cause of fever in children is challenging, with its management directed by level of risk.

  • Christine Buchanan van Doorn dies Subscription

    7 SEP 2015 17:03

    On 26 August 2015, Christine Buchanan van Doorn MRPharmS, aged 80, of Ceres, Fife. Mrs van Doorn registered with the Society in 1958.

  • Consultation on Crohn's disease tests Subscription

    9 SEP 2015 15:21

    The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance on new tests to help guide treatment for people with Crohn’s disease. The guidance says further research is needed before the tests can be recommended for routine use in the NHS.

  • Leaders warn that the government’s proposed reduction in funding may prevent wider access to public health services through community pharmacies. Pictured image, a pharmacist takes a woman's blood pressure

    Cuts to public health funding risk hampering growth of pharmacy-led healthy living schemes, warns RPS Subscription

    9 SEP 2015 10:40 By Stephen Robinson

    Leaders warn that the government’s proposed reduction in funding may prevent wider access to public health services through community pharmacies.

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