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MS drug improves survival

Beta-interferons produce “a significant survival advantage among people with relapsing-onset multiple sclerosis” (RRMS), according to a new study

New class of haemophilia A treatment

The European Commission recently approved emicizumab (Hemlibra) to prevent bleeding episodes in people with severe haemophilia A

Taking it home

Women in the UK will be able to conduct self-tests for human papillomavirus (HPV) as part of a pilot scheme.

No smoke, no fire

The increased growth of largely unregulated e-cigarettes has not been associated with the uptake in smoking among teenagers.

Tackling type 2

Some 17,000 people across the UK have now completed the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Greener pastures

NICE highlights that some inhalers have high carbon footprints and encourages the use of environmentally friendly versions.

Asthma rates falling

Researchers found that 6.52 per cent of the UK population had asthma in 2016 compared with 7.22 per cent in 2006

HCV: DAAs reduce deaths and cancer

Direct-acting antivirals (DAA) seem to reduce mortality and hepatocellular carcinoma in people with chronic hepatitis C

Antipsychotics increase type 2 diabetes risk

Patients taking certain antipsychotics appear to be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, BMJ Open reports

‘Game changer’ for opioid dependence

Buvidal (buprenorphine prolonged release solution) allows weekly and monthly treatment of opioid dependence

Fluconazole should be avoided during pregnancy

Maternal exposure to just one dose of oral fluconazole during pregnancy may increase the risk of spontaneous abortion

No link between AEDs and dementia

The researchers did not identify a statistically significant association between AEDs and dementia

University survey on rheumatoid arthritis launched

A University of Manchester survey will find out what pharmacists think about the management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Sedentary behaviour linked to deaths

Spending large amounts of time sitting during the day has been linked to almost 70,000 deaths per year in the UK.

Vitamin D supplements help resistant TB

Vitamin D supplements accelerated clearance of multidrug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), according to a new analysis

POM to P allergy control training

CIG Healthcare Partnership and Bayer Consumer Health have developed a five-minute module about allergy relief.

The new faces of flu vaccinations

Pharmacy technicians have been at schools on the Isle of Wight to administer nasal flu vaccinations in a new trial from Boots UK.

HRT linked to Alzheimer's

Women who take oral hormone replacement therapy may be increasing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Conference call: ASHP updates on opioid crisis

Opioid over-prescribing, medical cannabis and digital health developments were some of the topics covered

Vaccine extension

Boots UK has extended its Chickenpox Vaccination Service, making it available at 294 stores across the UK. 

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