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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...

Recapping management of patients with lymphoedema

In lymphoedema, it is usually the extremities that are most affected (such as the feet, related to acquired vascular problems, or hands/arms related to breast cancer), followed by the genitalia....

Causes and treatment of urge incontinence in women

The BMJ (2020) states that this type of urinary incontinence may be caused by changes in anatomical support and/or neuromuscular function of the pelvic floor, or it may be idiopathic. There is a high...

Challenges in prescribing practice

This piece of original research published in the BMJ Open online in January 2022, sought to explore the barriers to and facilitators of reporting detected prescribing errors in a primary care setting...

Prescribing for patients with a stoma: common concerns and care

A high output can put a patient at risk of dehydration, making advice such as drinking oral rehydration solutions rather than plain water important, as water can make the problem worse. Modified...

Prescribing for panic disorder

When a person has a panic disorder, it is useful to be able to spot it when they first mention their symptoms. Not only is there a role for prescribing but there may be other options to keep the...

Diabetes remission and diet data

Diabetes can stem from obesity, with increasing numbers of studies showing remission of diabetes through a reduction in body weight (Quimby et al, 2021). Further research looks at how different food...

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