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CPD and Learning
Hepatitis A infection: symptoms and managementSubscription
Pharmacists must understand how hepatitis A is spread and how it affects patients in order to ensure prompt, effective treatment and to reduce the spread of the infection.
Case-based learning: sore throatSubscription
Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and get better within a week through self-care. However, it is important to recognise when a sore throat is a symptom of a more serious illness.
An overview of the 2018 guideline for management of this sexually transmitted infection in men and women.
Aspergillosis: causes, types and treatmentSubscription
Aspergillus-related disease is rare, but results in high mortality rates. The limited treatment options and emerging antifungal drug resistance mean that accurate diagnosis and management is paramount.
Case-based learning: meningitisSubscription
Causes, diagnosis and initial management options for adults and children with meningitis.
Pharmacists must be able to advise UK-based travellers to malaria-endemic areas on the precautions they can take to protect themselves against the disease.
Discussing the MMR vaccine with patientsSubscription
As outlined in Public Health England’s ‘UK Measles and Rubella elimination strategy’, MMR vaccination needs to improve to achieve and maintain elimination in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization.
How to treat fungal nail effectivelySubscription
Owing to the high recurrence rate of fungal nail infections, pharmacy professionals should be able to advise patients on effective treatment and preventative and appropriate self-care strategies to avoid re-infection.
MMR: the struggle for national coverageSubscription
Introduction of a measles vaccine in 1968 has reduced annual cases in England from around 460,000 to less than 1,000. However, the levels of vaccine coverage needed to eradicate measles remain elusive.
Over 60% of patients treated for a urinary tract infection lack evidence of the infection, a study carried out in a Birmingham emergency department has found.
Stopping whooping cough in its tracksSubscription
Whooping cough incidence is increasing in the UK, possibly owing to a change in vaccine type in 2004. Epidemiologists are working to develop solutions that could eventually eradicate the disease.
A new antibiotic designed to overcome multi-drug resistance is at least as effective as the current standard of care in complicated urinary tract infection, according to trial results published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Study results suggest that PDE-5 inhibitors could have a role in treating cancer, heart failure, neurodegenerative diseases, circulatory disorders and even infectious diseases, but the road to approval for new indications may not be smooth.
Obese adults shed influenza A virus for almost 50% longer than non-obese adults, research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases shows.
Risk factors for mortality, hospitalisation and imprisonment in substance misuse patientsSubscription
Pharmacists should be aware of the mortality rates and adverse outcomes, including hospitalisation and imprisonment, that are rife in illicit drug users and patients on opioid substitution therapy, in order to optimise patient safety and reduce adverse outcomes.
7-day antibiotic course ‘non-inferior’ to 14 days for treatment of Gram-negative bacteraemiaSubscription
Research has shown that shorter antibiotic courses are not inferior to longer courses for the treatment of Gram-negative bacteraemia.