'Keep Antibiotics Working' campaign returns

This year, a bespoke version of the successful 'non-prescription pad' has been developed specifically for pharmacists.

Ground breaking therapy for children with leukaemia

Up to 30 children a year in England with ALL are to be offered the CAR-T therapy, Kymriah.

Better support for LTCs could reduce A&E pressures

More evidence of the benefits of helping people effectively manage their long term health conditions has emerged in a briefing by the Health Foundation.

Antibiotics pose hospital risk to Alzheimer's patients

People with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are more often hospitalised after antibiotic initiation than people without AD.

PHE offers 'Personal Quit Plan'

Smokers will be advised that NRT products are most effective when used in combination.

Flu vaccination guidance 2018/19

NHS England has published information to help pharmacies to plan for the 2018/19 flu vaccination season.

NICE QS171 sets standards for meds management in social care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published Quality Standard (QS171) on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community.  

Health Watch - September 2018

Brian Collet brings you a range of clinical research news for September. 

Coeliac sufferers still going undiagnosed

New research shows that around half a million people in the UK are still living with undiagnosed coeliac disease. 

Honey first for coughs, says NICE

Clinicians are being advised in most cases not to offer antibiotics as they make little difference to a person’s symptoms.

RPS backs greater use of pharmacist independent prescribers

The RPS has published a new GB-wise policy on independent prescribing. 

E-cigarette key weapon in NHS arsenal, say MPs

E-cigarettes should not be treated in the same way as conventional cigarettes, say MPs.

Aggressive lowering of systolic BP reduces dementia risk

Reductions in the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the combination of MCI and dementia, have been shown for the first time.

Breast remains best for infants

The first official review of infant feeding practices in over 20 years continues to recommend that babies are exclusively breastfed until around 6 months of age.

Z-drugs linked to rise in harmful side effects in dementia

Medication commonly prescribed to people with dementia has been linked to an increase in harmful side-effects

NICE: antibiotics should be restricted for COPD

Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of antimicrobial resistance when deciding whether antibiotics are needed for treating or preventing a flare up of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Healthwatch - August 2018

Brian Collet brings you the month's research news. 

Dementia now accounts for 13% of deaths

In 2017, there were 67,641 deaths attributed to the condition, up from 62,948 in 2016.

Number of smokers down nearly 20% in five years

And the number of vapers in England appears to have levelled off.

Severe obesity reaches record levels in 10-11 year olds

The new report findings also show stark health inequalities continue to widen.
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