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Aysha Mendes

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Use of genomic medicine to uncover adverse effects related to direct oral anticoagulants

Cardiac arrhythmias represent a significant burden, affecting morbidity and mortality (Gheorghe-Andrei et al, 2018). Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, and prevalence not only...

New treatment hopes for Alzheimer's disease: A look at recent drug trials

Eli Lilly (2023) created donanemab, noting last year that 47% of participants taking the medication had no clinical progression at one year of the disease. However, the placebo group also had no...

The importance of communication as a prescriber

‘Prescribers should become aware of the characteristics of the setting in which they work, and be conscious of how this may influence communication and patient interactions’.

Evolution of the use of quetiapine

Duncan et al (2016) published a study in the BMJ Open, which evaluated trends in the prescribing of quetiapine to adults in the Canadian province of Alberta between 2008 and 2013.

Preventing urinary tract infection and supporting patient catheterisation for mental health

A tool has been developed that requires a health professional to carry out the assessment (Lauridsen et al, 2022). A UTI risk factor model was used as the basis to inform the content included in the...

The hidden risks of fluoroquinolones

A study published late last year in the British Medical Journal (Wang et al, 2022) evaluated the association between the initiation of fluoroquinolones and admissions to hospitals or emergency...

Machine learning for precision treatment

Sotomi et al (2023) examine the use of machine learning to identify cohorts of a population that may benefit from specific medications. The team had previously established a machine learning-based...

Research to support diabetes remission in general practice

Diabetes UK (2023), together with the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, defines remission as HbA1c levels remaining below 48 mmol/mol or 6.5% for...

Treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in people with type 2 diabetes

A new study published in the British Medical Journal has examined whether the use of the receptor agonist glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, and sodium-glucose...

Side effects of decongestants in cold and flu season

As we make our way through cold and flu season, prescribers are likely to encounter many patients with varying degrees of illness from these viruses..

Smoking cessation support and treatment services

In 2021, the British Thoracic Society (BTS, 2022) carried out a national audit of the management of tobacco dependency in acute care trusts, following previous audits in 2019 and 2016. The audit...

New research on treating obesity through medical and behavioural intervention

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published the results of a study examining the efficacy of tirzepatide—a novel glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide and glucagon-like peptide-1...

For what ages should blood pressure medications be recommended?

The Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (2021a) reported from their large-scale study that a 5 mmHg reduction of systolic blood pressure reduced the risk of major cardiovascular...

Dexamethasone as an adjunct to pain management following knee surgery

In the recently published study, Gasbjerg et al (2022) examined the effects of one and two doses of intravenous dexamethasone in patients post surgery..

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

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