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Medical care harms 1 in 20 patients

Drugs and other treatments accounted for half of all reported incidents of preventable patient harm in a study.

Pharmacist advice helps prostate cancer patients study finds

Advice from pharmacists on increasing physical activity can improve the cardiovascular health of men with prostate cancer, study finds

Briefing: a novel approach to treating depression

Could a headset that delivers transcranial direct-current stimulation be the next big thing in treating depression?

Alprazolam misuse highlighted in young

Young people are especially likely to misuse alprazolam resulting in short-term toxicity and long-term dependence, research finds.

Drug alert: Defect in Emerade devices

There is a risk of some Emerade syringes failing to deliver adrenaline doses due to blockage of the needle, the MHRA warns.

Does OTC NRT still have a role in smoking cessation?

E-cigarettes and varenicline are associated with higher abstinence rates than other smoking cessation aids.

Pharmacists not using Yellow Card Scheme

Almost three in every five community pharmacists have never reported an adverse drug reaction

Women with COPD fare worse than men

Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at greater risk of frequent and severe acute exacerbations than men

More studies link psoriasis and mental illness

Two new studies confirm that psoriasis is associated with a markedly increased risk of developing mental illnesses

CQC shares leaning on medicines optimisation

The Care Quality Commission has published a report sharing the learning from risks and good practice in medicines optimisation.

9 in 10 don't attend MURs after discharge

About nine in 10 people don’t book a post-discharge medicine use review (MUR) even when reminded in hospital, a study has found.

Opioids linked to pneumonia in Alzheimer’s

Opioid analgesics are associated with a 30 per cent increase in the risk of pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Health Watch

Brian Collett brings you the latest clinical health news.

Welsh pharmacy flu jab success

Researchers from the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences analysed records of flu vaccinations delivered in community pharmacies

Anti-inflammatories boost antidepressants

A meta-analysis of 36 randomised controlled studies suggests that concomitant anti-inflammatories can improve antidepressant effectiveness

Cannabidiol ‘almost halves’ epilepsy seizures

The study reported that 10 and 20mg/kg cannabidiol reduced the frequency of convulsive seizures by 49 and 46 per cent respectively compared with baseline

Younger diagnosis, worse prognosis for type 2 diabetes

People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at about 15 years of age lost a median of approximately 12 years of life in a recent study

Simple regimen needed for HCV

Combining sofosbuvir and velpatasvir offers “a simple, effective regimen for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C” (HCV) infection, according to new research

Oral infections in childhood linked to adult CVD

Oral infections during childhood may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in later life, according to a study from Finland

Inflammation may contribute to depression

A new Canadian study reports that psychiatric conditions may emerge five years before the diagnosis of inflammatory diseases

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