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Biosimilars on the menu for moderate rheumatoid arthritis

NICE guidance previously recommended biologics only for severe RA.

New NHS clinics to provide pelvic floor support for women

Pregnant women and new mums are to receive support from new NHS clinics.

NICE recommends mental health support for people with acne

For the first time, NICE has addressed acne and recommended mental health support for people who are seriously affected by the condition.

DH sets ambitious targets for winter flu programme

The Department of Health and Social Care announces that it aims to vaccinate 85 per cent of people aged 65 and over against influenza.

Antidepressants prescribed twice as much in deprived areas

Antidepressant drugs were prescribed to more than twice as many people in the most deprived parts of England compared to the least in 2020-21. 

Lifesaving innovations that can spot skin and prostate cancer early is being supported by 20 million of investment by the NHS.

Statins may reduce cancer risk in HF

Statins may significantly reduce the risk of cancer and cancer-related death in people with heart failure, according to a new study.

Desogestrel contraceptive pills to be sold by pharmacists

UK medicines watchdog the MHRA has announced that the first progesterone pills are to be available from pharmacies without a prescription.

Pregnant smokers falls to lowest number since records began

The latest NHS Digital data reveals 9.5 per cent of women smoked in 2020-21 compared with 10.4 per cent the year before.

Up to 2 million people may have had long Covid

Persistent symptoms increase with age, are higher among women but lower in people of Asian ethnicity

Warning of myocarditis and pericarditis risk with Covid vaccines

Product information updated for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines - insufficient evidence to justify new warning for AZ vaccine.

Hypertension app trial to launch in Scottish pharmacies

Community Pharmacy Scotland is recruiting pharmacies across the country to trial a hypertension app. 

GPhC urges pharmacies to have valproate safeguards in place

The GPhC has reminded pharmacy teams to ensure they have safeguards in place when prescribing valproate to patients.

NICE approves secukinumab for chronic pain condition

NICE has recommended the use of secukinumab as an option for treating a chronic back pain condition affecting young adults.

NHS eyes 'health MOT' service in pharmacies

Health MOTs at pharmacies, clinics and NHS vaccinations services are set to save thousands of lives.

RPS: Every pharmacy should stock naloxone

Overdose treatment naloxone should be available from every community pharmacy in Scotland, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

Nearly 75 per cent of people with learning disabilities get health check

Seventy-four per cent of people aged 14 and over with a learning disability have had an annual health check ahead of schedule.

Atopic dermatitis linked to learning disabilities

Atopic dermatitis (AD) shows a "dose-dependent association" with learning disability, American researchers report.

The long wait for a diabetes diagnosis

On average patients live with type 2 diabetes for more than two years before being diagnosed, according to new research.

Sharp rise in antidepressant use in pandemic

Researchers say mental health safeguards are needed to prevent people suffering harmful side-effects of antidepressants.

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