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DNA genome study

Funding for Genomics England to reduce by £40m under 2019/2020 DHSC spending plans

The Department of Health and Social Care has put forward plans to reduce its funding to Genomics England by £40m in 2019/2020 as the body receives a new funding model to match its latest target to sequence five million genomes in five years.

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Three NHS prescriptions for medical cannabis dispensed in the community

The NHS has confirmed that three prescriptions for medical cannabis were dispensed for use in primary care in January and February 2019.

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Cannabis composition alters effects of drug on the brainSubscription

Researchers have used functional magnetic resonance imaging to show how cannabidiol counteracts some of the harmful effects of cannabis on the brain.

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Daily naproxen does not stall pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s in older adultsSubscription

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are unlikely to prevent Alzheimer’s disease in people at risk of developing the condition, study authors have concluded.

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Antibiotics overused in emergency departments for suspected UTISubscription

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.

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Long-term diuretic use may reduce fracture risk in people with Alzheimer’s diseaseSubscription

Use of thiazide diuretics for three years or more may reduce the risk of low-energy fracture in people with Alzheimer’s disease, study results have suggested.

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Antibiotic exposure in middle and late adulthood linked to CVD riskSubscription

Women exposed to antibiotics in middle or older adulthood have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.

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Patterns of medical cannabis use differ between cancer and non-cancer patientsSubscription

Patients with cancer who use medical cannabis to treat symptoms, such as pain and neuropathy, tend to favour formulations with a higher ratio of the psychoactive component, tetrahydrocannabinol, compared with non-cancer patients.

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Fish oils for cardiovascular disease: a turning point?Subscription

The use of fish oils to improve cardiovascular health has been in and out of favour for decades, but positive results from a recent trial of Amarin’s Vascepa have created quite a stir — particularly as they come after a set of negative findings in 2018.

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Will pharmacy become a five-year degree?Subscription

Proposals from the General Pharmaceutical Council to overhaul pharmacy education and training have been met with a mixed response. 

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Measuring the marketSubscription

There has been a slight contraction in the community pharmacy market in Great Britain since 2016, with small multiples winning out over large multiples and independent pharmacies

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Latest update: Follow news and reaction to pharmacy cuts as they unfold

Follow the latest updates on the proposed 12% funding cuts to community pharmacy, which could result in the closure of a quarter of pharmacies in England.

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