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Patient records could carry a genomic profile within ten years

NHS sets out plans to be the first healthcare system in the world to offer whole genome sequencing as part of routine care.

Flu jab demand up threefold on 2019 levels

Community pharmacies vaccinated more than 650,000 NHS patients in the first three weeks of this year’s flu jab service.

HCPs asked to issue ‘stronger warnings’ on opioids

The MHRA is asking healthcare professionals to give patients “stronger warnings” on the risks of opioids.

First increase in MMR vaccine coverage for six years

The number of children aged 24 months given the first dose of MMR increased for the first time since 2014.

Dermatology patients 'need better psychological support'

Almost all skin disease patients report an impact on mental wellbeing but support is lacking, a study finds. 

People with Covid and flu twice as likely to die, warns PHE

People infected with flu and Covid-19 are twice as likely to die than those with coronavirus.

Digital tech improves the lives of dementia sufferers and carers

A project that assessed the impact of digital technology on dementia found it can improve the lives of people.  

Over-50s suffering with loneliness at risk of diabetes

KCL study shows a strong relationship between loneliness and the later onset of type 2 diabetes

Discovery of four Covid-19 risk groups could help guide treatment

A risk identification tool uses the groupings to help clinical staff choose the best course of treatment for patients.

Gonorrhoea cases increased 26 per cent between 2018 and 2019

The number of cases of gonorrhoea increased by 26 per cent between 2018 and 2019. 

‘Immediate NHS action’ to safeguard hydrocortisone after Covid study

Seriously ill coronavirus patients have a better than 90 per cent chance of improved recovery when given a seven-day course of hydrocortisone.

Children with gastro problems should be tested for Covid-19

Researchers have called for children with gastrointestinal symptoms to be tested for Covid-19.

Pharmacies to get £36 for providing NHS Hep C tests

The Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing service is to launch on September 1 after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clozapine toxicity in spotlight after two Coroners reports

Monitoring blood concentrations of clozapine for toxicity is now advised in certain clinical situations says MHRA.

MHRA approves trial for diabetes patients with coronavirus

The MHRA has approved an advanced clinical trial exploring whether diabetes sufferers with Covid-19 could benefit from taking the glucose kinase activator AZD1656. 

People as concerned about Covid as cancer, reveals survey

People are as concerned about Covid-19 infection as they are about their cancer according to a study.

Hypertension treatments could improve Covid survival rates

People with high blood pressure have a better chance of surviving Covid-19 if they are taking hypertension medications, research shows. 

Bipolar disorder tablets to be discontinued

Priadel 200mg and 400mg modified release tablets are to be discontinued, with all remaining supplies expected to run out by April of next year. 

Depression rates almost double during Covid crisis

Adults are twice as likely to have suffered from depressive symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic than they were before.

Pharmacy teams delivering chemo drugs during pandemic

Community pharmacy teams are among the health workers who have delivered chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients during the Covid-19 crisis.

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