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More women than men on GPhC committees

Women now outnumber men as members of the statutory committees run by the General Pharmaceutical Council, according to latest figures.

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EMA to scale back work further after Christmas because of Brexit relocation

The European Medicines Agency has warned that it will have to cut down its work even further as it relocates from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit.

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Semaglutide reduces cardiovascular risk across risk subgroupsSubscription

GLP-1 agonist semaglutide significantly decreases risk of cardiovascular events and death across different risk groups of patients with type 2 diabetes, secondary analysis of clinical trial data has found.

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Lifestyle interventions reduce need for antihypertensive medication in overweight peopleSubscription

Researchers found that assigning overweight patients to the DASH diet and a behavioural weight management programme cut the number of patients eligible for antihypertensive medication

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Study results do not support widespread use of statins in old and very old populationsSubscription

Statins do not prevent the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people without diabetes aged 75 years and over, according to a study published in the BMJ.

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Benzodiazepines linked to risk of Alzheimer’s diseaseSubscription

Although data showed benzodiazepine and Z drug use was linked to only a 6% increase in the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say their prescribing should be avoided if possible.

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Researchers find that e-cigarette fluid becomes more toxic during vapingSubscription

Vaping fluid becomes more toxic to cells after it has gone through the vaping process, study results show.

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Antibiotics 'do not cut hospitalisation risk' in children with respiratory infectionsSubscription

Analysis of children presenting in primary care has found that delaying or withholding antibiotics is the most appropriate way of treating suspected respiratory tract infections.

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'Like a hug from everyone who loves you' — how MDMA could help patients with traumaSubscription

When combined with intensive psychotherapy sessions, MDMA — commonly known as ecstasy — has elicited impressive results in phase II trials and a global phase III study is just beginning.

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Ten things pharmacists should know about biologics and biosimilarsSubscription

As healthcare professionals prepare for blockbuster biologic Humira to come off patent on 16 October 2018, we highlight what pharmacists need to know about switching from originator biologics to biosimilars in order to get the best value from these medicines.

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Statins: the highs and lows

Statins: the highs and the lowsSubscription

Negative press seems to follow statins, the most prescribed drugs in England, despite them revolutionising cardiovascular disease prevention.

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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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