News Category: Medication

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Global antibiotic use has increased - sparking fears of worldwide resistance

27 March 2018

'Calls to rein in antibiotic use after study shows 65% increase worldwide' The Guardian reports

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Type 2 diabetes drug may help with nicotine withdrawal symptoms

06 April 2018

"Type 2 diabetes drug could be used to treat nicotine withdrawal for people trying to quit smoking," reports the Mail Online.

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Some antidepressants and incontinence drugs linked to dementia

26 April 2018

'Some antidepressants and bladder medicines could be linked to dementia' BBC News reports

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Antidepressant use linked with weight gain

25 May 2018

'Rising antidepressant prescriptions could be contributing to increasing obesity levels' is the headline from The Independent

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Many commonly prescribed drugs linked to depression

13 June 2018

'Could your medications be making you depressed?' asks the BBC News website

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New blood-thinning drug 'less likely to cause bleeding' than warfarin

05 July 2018

"New blood-thinning drugs [anticoagulants] 'could be far safer than the commonly-prescribed warfarin'," reports the Mail Online.

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Concerns raised about older adults mixing prescription drugs and herbal remedies

25 September 2018

'More than a million over-65s may suffer dangerous side-effects because they are taking herbal remedies and dietary supplements alongside drugs prescribed by their GP' the Mail Online reports

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Calls for guidelines to be revised over antidepressant withdrawal symptoms

03 October 2018

'Antidepressant withdrawal 'hits millions'' BBC News reports

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Blood pressure drug linked to possible small increased risk of lung cancer

25 October 2018

'Blood pressure pills taken by millions of patients could raise the risk of lung cancer by almost a third, according to new research' The Daily Telegraph reports

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New treatment for peanut allergies shows promise

20 November 2018

"Peanut allergy treatment 'in sight'," reports BBC News, on a new study investigating the effectiveness of a new drug to reduce the symptoms seen in people with severe peanut allergies.

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HRT patches and gels 'may be safer' than tablets for older women

10 January 2019

'Hormone replacement therapy tablets are associated with a higher risk of rare but serious blood clots, research has suggested' The Guardian reports

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Aspirin bleeding risk 'balances out' lower heart attack risk in 'worried well'

23 January 2019

"Daily dose of aspirin 'not worth risk' as study warns of bleeding side-effects," The Daily Telegraph reports

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'No link between MMR and autism,' major study finds

05 March 2019

"The MMR jab does not lead to autism: Scientists debunk controversial theory yet again," reports the Mail Online. A major study has confirmed yet again that there's no link between autism and the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

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'Small' increase in risk of Alzheimer's disease with HRT use, study suggests

07 March 2019

"HRT may raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests" the Telegraph online reports

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Statins 'do not work' for half of people prescribed them, study reports

16 April 2019

"Statins are not effective at lowering cholesterol levels for half of patients," the Daily Mirror reports. Statins are a widely used and well established medicine for lowering cholesterol. A large body of evidence has shown that statins are effective in reducing so-called "bad cholesterol", which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Honey 'as good as antiviral creams' for cold sores

28 May 2019

"Honey is 'just as effective at treating cold sores as anti-viral creams'," the Mail Online reports. Cold sores are skin infections around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You catch the virus through direct skin contact with another person who has the virus. Once you have it, HSV lies dormant in the nerve cells and can reactivate at another time, which is why some people get recurrent cold sores, particularly when they're run down.

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Widely used class of drugs linked to dementia

25 June 2019

"Common drugs taken by millions 'increase risk of dementia by 50%', experts warn," The Sun reports.

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Promising initial results raise hopes for chlamydia vaccine

13 August 2019

"A vaccine to protect against chlamydia has moved closer to becoming reality after a pioneering clinical trial found the treatment to be safe," The Guardian reports. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STI).

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Anti-bleeding drug could prevent death after brain injury

15 October 2019

"Common drug could prevent thousands of injury deaths," reports the Guardian on a study looking at head injury treatment in 29 countries.

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Steroid injections to treat arthritis pain may worsen joint damage

16 October 2019

"Cortisone injections for hip and knee pain are more dangerous than was thought,” reports The Telegraph. This follows a study looking into the effects of steroid injections (also called corticosteroid injections) in the hip and knee.

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Would people at low risk of heart disease benefit from statin treatment?

17 October 2019

"Benefits of statins 'are marginal at best' for otherwise healthy people," reports the Mail Online.

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Could blood pressure tablets be more effective if taken at bedtime?

24 October 2019

"Blood pressure pills 'work better at bedtime'," reports BBC News.

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Fear of statin links to memory problems 'unfounded'

20 November 2019

Study finds no evidence of a link between taking statins and memory loss and cognitive function.

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