New POCT guidance for community pharmacy

Outlines standards and safe environment required for use of point of care testing equipment.

Meningitis rates rise sharply after 'historic low' during pandemic

The return of face-to-face teaching saw the rate increase between September 1 and November 30 last year.

Insomnia and sleep apnoea: a deadly combination?

Co-morbid insomnia and OSA associated with a 47 per cent increase in mortality.

Pharmacy First service for acute cough launches in Liverpool

Over 100 pharmacies across Liverpool offering point of care test for acute cough.

Two in five Covid infections are asymptomatic

Forty per cent of people with confirmed Covid-19 infections are asymptomatic according to a new meta-analysis.

Rare case of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea bacteria detected in UK

A man in his early 20s was infected in London in November last year but was treated successfully.

WHO advises against use of convalescent plasma for Covid

Current evidence shows that convalescent plasma does not improve survival rates.

MHRA reminder of adverse effects of haloperidol in the elderly

MHRA warns of increased risk of adverse neurological and cardiac effects in elderly patients on haloperidol.

Dapagliflozin no longer authorised for treatment of type 1 diabetes

Dapagliflozin no longer indicated for type 1 diabetes for commercial reasons.

50 years on: 8 million lives lost from smoking

Research has found that smoking killed nearly eight million people in the UK over the last 50 years.

SGLT2 inhibitors: A new hope for heart failure?

New research suggests SGLT2 inhibitors could revolutionise heart failure treatment.

Colchicine may not lessen Covid-19 severity

Colchicine doesnt lessen Covid-19 severity or stave off the risk of death in hospital patients.

Poor adherence in RA patients linked to lack of involvement in treatment

A survey links poor adherence among RA patients to a lack of involvement in treatment choices.

Opioid use has fallen in County Durham and Sunderland, campaigners claim

Painkillers Don't Exist said the number of high-strength opioids prescribed has gone down.

NHS BSA launches tool to tackle prednisolone overprescription

BSA develops a new metric to help tackle the over-prescription of prednisolone in England.

Pharmacy Covid vaccination payments rise to £15

Government announces temporary service payment uplift as booster campaign goes into overdrive.

Covid antiviral may be less effective than first thought

Latest data shows 30% reduction in hospitalisation in death and not 50% as previously.

Make PrEP available from local pharmacies, RPS urges Government

RPS says extending provision to pharmacies could help prevent new infections.

Number of referrals to talking therapies and access to services falls

There were 1.46 million referrals in2020-21, a 14 per cent drop on the 1.69 million in 2019-20.

Half of eczema patients wait over a year for effective treatment

Eczema patients need better local commissioning, a new report finds.

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