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Clinical

Senior health: strength and balance

Strength and balance exercises can help prevent falls in older people but must be focused on individual needs. 

When the drugs won’t work

Analgesics can provide relief from pain but there are times when people aren’t able to take them or just don’t want to. 

Eczema research in the spotlight

We look at recent research into the condition, from treatments with UV light to the effects of softened water. 

Lifestyle advice and bladder weakness

Supporting patients with stress incontinence needs a discreet and informed approach.

Heading back to the classroom 

Children’s health has been affected by lockdowns, school closures and self-isolation. 

Getting the lowdown on low back pain 

Low back pain causes pain and disability and has a significant social and economic impact on sufferers. 

Topical NSAIDs for acute pain 

Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory formulations are effective alternatives to oral medication for treatment of local pain. 

Pregnancy in a pandemic  

We examine the latest Covid guidance for expectant mothers and parents and the role community pharmacy teams can play.

The eyes have it 

A range of problems can compromise our eyesight. We look at some common conditions and how they can be managed.

Avoiding a seasonal nuisance   

Hay fever affects about a quarter of the UK adult population and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life. 

Swallowable sponge could reduce need for endoscopies

In trials just one in 30 of the patients offered the Cytosponge were referred for an endoscopy.

Vaccine side effects generally mild, MHRA confirms

Most reports relate to injection site reactions and generalised symptoms reflecting a normal immune response to the vaccine.

Warts and verrucas

Warts and verrucas heal themselves but pharmacists can offer a range of home treatments. 

Getting men to talk  

Although 95 per cent of men know how to check themselves for testicular cancer, almost a third have never done so.

Managing the impact of the menopause 

Individual symptoms will vary and could have a physical and psychological impact.

Stop smoking services need a new way forward 

Covid-19 boosts quit attempts but funding cuts have hit services.

Women's health

Good nutrition and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of conditions like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in women.

Fatigue, insomnia and anxiety are long term consequences of Covid-19

Study in The Lancet looks at Covid patients six months after discharge.

Love the skin you’re in 

People spent more time outdoors this summer because of lockdown so it's time to assess the damage caused by the sun. 

We need renewed focus on self-care during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has added pressure and stress like never before and this can cause skin conditions, says Farah Ali.  

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