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State-backed indemnity scheme for GPs to cover wider practice staff

The Department of Health is planning a new state-backed indemnity scheme for general practice in England, Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, announced on 12 October.

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Sales of veterinary antibiotics fall across Europe

The sales of veterinary antibiotics are declining in most countries in Europe, a report from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has found.

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Combined oral immunotherapy shows lasting effect against peanut allergy four years laterSubscription

In a report of the long-term outcomes of probiotics peanut oral immunotherapy, more than half of study participants were able to continue eating peanuts up to four years later.

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HIV PrEP needs licensing for adolescents, researchers saySubscription

Study highlights a need for adolescent men who have sex with men to be given pre-exposure prophylaxis and for adherence to be promoted in this group.

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Limit opioid use before knee surgery to optimise outcomes, say researchersSubscription

Study supports existing research that preoperative opioid use could lead to worse pain outcomes after surgery.

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Brain stimulation not as effective as drugs for depressionSubscription

In a placebo-controlled trial, transcranial direct-current stimulation did not show non-inferiority compared with escitalopram and was associated with more adverse events.

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Ibuprofen raises blood pressure more than celecoxibSubscription

Study investigated the link between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and raised blood pressure and heart problems in patients who either had, or were at increased risk, of coronary artery disease. 

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Older smokers more likely to become frail than non-smokersSubscription

Study shows that current smokers, aged 60 years or older, had a 60% greater odds of becoming frail during follow-up compared with non-smokers.

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Non-invasive glucose monitoring for diabetes: five strategies under developmentSubscription

People with diabetes must regularly check their blood glucose levels to know how much medication to use, or to keep track of fluctuating levels. This monitoring is generally done at home using a finger prick blood test. Although accurate, this test can be messy and inconvenient, and there are concerns that many patients are not testing themselves as frequently as they should. A simple, pain-free, non-invasive method would mark a major improvement in diabetes care. Various companies ...

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AMR and diagnostics: pointing the way to better infection controlSubscription

Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of previously sensitive microorganisms to resist the effects of an antimicrobial agent — is a growing problem. The World Health Organization has warned that we could be moving into a post-antibiotic era where even minor injuries could lead to life-threatening infections, consequently putting an end to complex surgery and returning us to an era where childbirth is high-risk.

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Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pillSubscription

The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.

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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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Implementing online fax technology in the pharmacy

Pharmacies deal with a large volume of patient prescriptions via fax on a daily basis. In order to provide good service and compete with other pharmacies effectively, staff members must be able to process prescriptions quickly and accurately, as well as resolve queries in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this can be a significant issue due to outdated and bulky fax technology that is prone to malfunction, security risks, and unnecessary expenses.


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