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Pharmacy workers begin strike over pay dispute amid claims of government interference

Pharmacy support workers at NHS Tayside have begun strike action, following the breakdown of talks between NHS officials and Unite the Union over a pay dispute.

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Cigarette use in young people hits all-time low as e-cigarette use remains constant

The proportion of young people who have smoked a cigarette has reached an all-time low, official figures from NHS Digital have found.

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Pain or insomnia main reasons for cannabis use in those without medical certificateSubscription

Customers who buy cannabis from “adult use” dispensaries, where no medical certificate is required, commonly report that they use it for pain relief or to help them sleep.

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Most antidepressants reduce mortality for patients with diabetes and depressionSubscription

Use of certain antidepressants to treat depression in patients with diabetes is associated with a reduction in mortality, according to a population-based study.

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Low vitamin D status in early life linked to future high blood pressureSubscription

Children with persistently low plasma vitamin D levels at birth and in early childhood have an increased risk of elevated systolic blood pressure later in childhood, research has suggested.

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Efficacy of tramadol reduced by concurrent use of some antidepressantsSubscription

Taking certain antidepressants reduces the efficacy of the opioid medicine tramadol, according to research published in Pharmacotherapy.

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Statin treatment associated with reduced risk of glaucomaSubscription

Receiving statin treatment for five years or more is associated with a 21% reduced risk of primary glaucoma, research has shown.

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SGLT2 inhibitor lowers risk of kidney failure in type 2 diabetesSubscription

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease have a lower risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events if they are treated with canagliflozin, research has confirmed.

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E-prescribing in hospital: ten ways to make it a successSubscription

Some hospital trusts are making progress towards replacing paper prescriptions with their electronic counterparts, but others are yet to make the switch. Here are ten tips for successful implementation of electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems.

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The evolution of NHS 111Subscription

First piloted in 2011, the NHS 111 service is constantly evolving and pharmacists are being increasingly recognised for the role they can have within it. Although models across England, Scotland and Wales share the same general objectives, they have developed separately, resulting in different versions of the service with different visions for its future.

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Opioids in England: crisis averted? Subscription

Despite a 20% increase in opioid prescriptions per 1,000 population over the past decade, there are signs that a US-style opioid epidemic may have been averted.

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