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Study provides reassuring data on neuropsychiatric side effects of smoking cessation drugsSubscription

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Smoking cessation medicines varenicline and bupropion do not increase the incidence of moderate or severe neuropsychiatric adverse events, compared with nicotine patches or placebo, according to new research.

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Abrupt smoking cessation is the most effective way, research suggestsSubscription

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Smokers who quit ‘cold turkey’ are more likely to stop longer term compared to those who give up gradually, a study has found.

Research

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E-cigarettes in smoking cessation: a harm reduction perspectiveSubscription

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are novel devices that simulate aspects of cigarette smoking and deliver nicotine to users. Evidence for their efficacy in smoking cessation, based on several randomised controlled trials of older devices, suggests a modest effect. They appear to be far less harmful than tobacco smoking, but the health effects of long-term use are unknown. Possible adverse population effects of widespread e-cigarette use, such as renormalising smoking ...

Opinion

Food as medicine: the importance of nutrition in disease

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‘Food. The Forgotten Medicine’ was a conference convened by the College of Medicine last month. Here, Fawz Farhan, who attended the conference, discusses the importance of nutrition in disease.

Healthy living advice for elderly patientsSubscription

By Malcolm Brown

Pharmacists, particularly community pharmacists, have much with the public, especially older people. I have read the book ‘Sod Seventy!’ by the senior medical figure Sir Muir Gray. SAGA magazine publicised his advice in January 2016. I suggest that pharmacists consider sharing with appropriate patients my take on the guidance from Sir Muir.

The sugar tax is the first right step to fight child obesitySubscription

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UK Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that a tax is to be placed on sugary drinks is most welcome. Although this is a hypothecated tax that will generate money specifically for schools, it is important to congratulate the government on its valuable first step to improve several aspects of child health.

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