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Health literacy, medication adherence and thriving healthcare systems: connecting the dots Subscription
Medication adherence is not only the mantra of modern medicine, but also the catalyst to achieve prevention, cure, and wellbeing.
Bronchiectasis is a common chronic disease where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened. Patients present with recurrent cough, sputum production and are at risk of respiratory tract infections. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the latest management strategies.
Fibromyalgia is a high-impact and prevalent condition. Its clinical features include widespread pain and tenderness — often associated with high levels of poor-quality sleep, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. The mechanism leading to fibromyalgia development is associated with a change in the sensitivity of the pain-related nervous system, as well as other sensory systems. In turn, emotional distress plays a facilitatory role in this process. Non-pharmacological management focuses ...
Too many cancer drugs, too few survival benefitsSubscription
In a recent article in the BMJ (online, 4 October 2017), Davis and coworkers evaluated overall survival and quality of life (QOL), of 48 cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009–2013
Pharmacists could have key role in referring people with type 1 diabetes towards valuable online support toolsSubscription
People with type 1 diabetes often develop a strong relationship with their local pharmacy. They are likely to meet with their pharmacist significantly more regularly during the year than their doctor or diabetes nurse because of the need to frequently collect repeat prescriptions. There is likely to be a strong degree of trust in the relationship, and more relaxed conversations can occur outside of the time and psychological pressures of clinic or surgery appointments. An award-winning ...
A study finds that discontinuing low-dose aspirin is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, and that the risk does not decrease over time.
Patients receiving genotype-guided dosing of warfarin were less likely to have a major bleed or die than patients whose dosing was clinically guided.
SSRIs and SNRIs for paediatric psychiatric disorders yield only small benefit over placeboSubscription
The placebo effect played a significant role in the efficacy of antidepressants, which are known to be associated with an increased risk of severe adverse events.
Improvements in HbA1c levels, weight loss, daily insulin dose and reduced liver fat were sustained in 65% of patients six months after device removal.