Articles: 26.18 19 September 2015

Alcohol consumption is falling, but is it enough?

Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show a fall in alcohol consumption in England, particularly among younger people. This leaves the UK sitting somewhere in the middle of EU states with the highest consumption figures at 10.6 litres per person.
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CRP testing could reduce antibiotic prescribing

A consensus report sets out how point-of-care C-reactive protein testing could reduce antibiotic prescribing for lower respiratory tract infections with no impact on patients.
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Recent advances in the treatment and management of asthma

Despite advances in diagnosis and management of asthma many patients have poorly controlled symptoms. This article reviews recent publications on the diagnosis, assessment and management of asthma in adults, including the 2014 update of the British guideline on the management of asthma.
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Recognition and mangement of serotonin syndrome

Given the widespread use of serotonergic agents and the associated risk of potentially life threatening illness as a result of their use, it is important that prescribers have a sound understanding of serotonin syndrome, its consequences and management.
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Teriflunomide for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis

Teriflunomide (Aubagio) is licensed for the treatment of adults with RRMS. Here, Steve Chaplin presents the clinical data relating to its efficacy and Dr Schmierer discusses its place in therapy.
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Yellow Card Scheme reaches 50

In response to the thalidomide disaster, the Yellow Card Scheme (YCS) was introduced in 1964 to help the government monitor the safety of medicines and all medical devices in the UK. It allows health professionals and, more recently, patients and carers, to report side-effects to …

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