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Sharp rise in antidepressant use in pandemic

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

Diabetes type 2 patients can benefit from low carb diet

The report found beneficial effects from following a lower carbohydrate diet, such as an improvement in blood sugar management.

Covid-19 vaccine booster study launches in UK

Initial results from trialling seven vaccines are expected in September to inform plans for a booster programme.

New advice for patients switching between levothyroxine products

Small number have reported symptoms consistent with thyroid dysfunction when their tablets were changed to a different product.

Pharmacy lung health services 'essential' for 95% of patients

Majority of people living with lung disease who access a community pharmacy service to help manage their condition describe it as "essential".

Antihypertensives prevent CVD even when BP normal

Antihypertensives can prevent serious cardiovascular disease (CVD) even among adults with normal blood pressure, new research suggests. 

RPS wants legal restrictions on CDs in research removed

The RPS has called for legal restrictions on the use of controlled drugs in research to be removed. 

MS charities 'disappointed' by NICE decision on new drug

Multiple sclerosis charities have expressed their disappointment at NICE’s decision not to recommend ozanimod for patients in England and Wales. 

Melanoma diagnoses fall 28% during pandemic

The number of melanoma diagnoses fell 28 per cent from April to November 2020 compared to the previous year. 

NICE recommends new drug for relapsing MS

NICE has recommended the use of auto-injectable MS drug ofatumumab on the NHS. 

More people could benefit from antihypertensives, study finds

Many more people could benefit from blood pressure-lowering medication, according to a new study in the Lancet.

Lack of sleep increases dementia risk by 30 per cent

People who continuously sleep for six hours or less a night are roughly 30 per cent more likely to develop dementia.

'Urgent need' for evidence on discontinuing antidepressants

There is an "urgent need" for better evidence on the safest and most effective ways to discontinue antidepressants, a review finds. 

Covid pill could be available by the autumn says Johnson

Boris Johnson said people could take a pill at home to reduce the symptoms of Covid or stop them getting it.

NICE to speed up access to new treatments

NICE is promising to speed up patients' access to the latest and most effective treatments as part of its new five-year strategy.

Covid vaccines safe for pregnant women says JCVI

Pregnant women should get a Covid-19 vaccine based on their age and clinical risk group.

Blood test will detect early signs of bowel cancer

A blood test that can detect the early signs of bowel cancer will be rolled out in GP practices.

Asthma drug shortens at-home recovery from Covid-19

Early treatment with inhaled budesonide shortens recovery time among Covid-19 patients being treated in the community, PRINCIPLE has shown.

PDA urges members to be aware of remote prescribing risks

The PDA has warned members they are putting patients at risk if medicines they prescribe are not made known to their GP.

New NICE guidance on chronic pain

People with chronic primary pain should be offered a range of treatments to help them manage their condition, says NICE in a new guideline.

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