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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. 

The antidepressant gamble

A research team is asking community pharmacists to help develop a tool to personalise treatment for depression.

Health Watch - March 2019

Brian Collett brings you the latest clinical news.

High street teeth whitening kits can damage teeth, study shows

Non-hydrogen peroxide OTC teeth whitening kits can harm teeth by reducing hardness and damaging the tooth surface.

E-cigarettes shown to be more effective than NRT

E-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement therapy when combined with behavioural support.

New diabetes drug available

A new once-weekly injectable glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA), is available for type 2 diabetes.

Pharmacists could manage some emergency admissions

‘Potentially pharmacist-manageable conditions’ accounted for 4.3 per cent of A&E visits in a Canadian study

Prescription opioids may increase pneumonia risk

Prescription opioids may increase the risk of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), research suggests.

Pharmacists' role in diabetes care highlighted

A new report highlights community pharmacy's role in preventing and treating diabetes.

Highlighting joint health

The incidence of musculoskeletal conditions is increasing at such an alarming rate that it is set to affect three times more people than cancer by 2030, according to a new report commissioned by GR Lane Health.

Health Watch - February 2019

Brian Collett brings you the latest clinical news.

Flu jab saves lives in heart failure

Flu vaccination seems to reduce both all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, according to research.

Poor flu jab uptake linked to deprivation

People in the most socioeconomically deprived quintile accounted for 53 per cent of flu hospitalisations.

Diabetes-related amputations rise by a fifth

The number of lower limb amputations caused by diabetes in England has risen by a fifth since the start of the decade.

Marked rise in opioid prescribing

Opioid prescribing more than doubled in England between 1998 and 2016 according to a new analysis.

AD patients a suicide risk

Atopic dermatitis (AD) patients are more than a third more likely to report suicidal ideation and make suicide attempts.

Teething gels to go pharmacy only

Lidocaine-containing products used for teething are to be sold only in pharmacies, the MHRA has announced.

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