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Pharmacists could be asked to advise patients on drinking and smoking under NICE proposalsSubscription

Community pharmacists could be asked to strike up a conversation with patients about their general wellbeing, to encourage them to stop smoking, cut down on drinking and/or lose weight.

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Pharmacist-led atrial fibrillation screening service cuts stroke numbers by 20%Subscription

Clinical pharmacists have helped reduce the number of strokes by 22% following an atrial fibrillation pilot in Tameside and Glossop.

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Pharmacy sector criticises 'unrealistic' NHS England primary care proposals Subscription

Proposals on how pharmacists can work to review the medication of millions of patients have been described as creating an “unrealistic” workload by pharmacy leaders.

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Oriel application process should take more note of work experience and extracurricular activities, BPSA report finds Subscription

Multiple mini interviews should take greater account of applicants’ work experience and extracurricular activities, the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association has said.

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Pharmacies are facing 'notable' financial fragility, Ernst and Young report findsSubscription

Pharmacies are facing “a notable fragility” in their finances, a professional advisory report has said, after it found that more than half of the pharmacies it sampled to be facing a deficit.

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Omega-3 supplements unlikely to prevent depression or anxiety

Increasing omega-3 intake unlikely to prevent depression or anxietySubscription

Increasing long-chain omega-3 intake probably has little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis in The British Journal of Psychiatry. 

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GP-based pharmacist interventions cut cardiovascular risk factorsSubscription

Pharmacist-led interventions in GP practices can successfully reduce risk factors for cardiovascular events, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has suggested.

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Asthma exacerbations during pregnancy linked to birth complicationsSubscription

Women with asthma who experience exacerbations during pregnancy are more likely to have birth complications than women with well-controlled asthma, a study published in the European Respiratory Journal has suggested.

Opioid use offers limited benefits for patients with osteoarthritis

Opioid use offers limited benefits for patients with osteoarthritis Subscription

Opioids offer only small benefits in terms of pain and function in osteoarthritis and do not improve quality of life or depression, research presented at the 2019 American College of Rheumatology annual meeting has suggested.

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Benzodiazepines linked to overdose deaths among those treated for opioid dependencySubscription

Individuals treated for opioid dependency who also take benzodiazepines are almost three times more likely to die from an overdose, research published in PLoS Medicine has suggested.

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Failing the frailest

Failing the frailestSubscription

A new analysis suggests that thousands of vulnerable older people could be at risk because their medicines have not been reviewed by their GP.

A cloud of doubt over the sunshine vitamin

A cloud of doubt over the sunshine vitaminSubscription

Negative results in trials of vitamin D supplementation have led researchers to question the best way of reaching those who are deficient.

Everything you need to know about the NHS Genomic Medicine Service

Everything you need to know about the NHS genomic medicine serviceSubscription

A closer look at the progress made so far on NHS England’s new national genomic medicine service.

Levelling the playing field for preregistration students

Are universities failing pharmacy trainees?Subscription

Graduates from some pharmacy schools achieve significantly higher final assessment pass rates than others.

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2019: trending topics in pharmacy

2019: trending topics in pharmacySubscription

We take a look at the biggest stories of the year and summarise some of your reactions to them.

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