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Issue : 21 January 2008

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  • Vitamin E linked with physical decline in older peopleSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    Low levels of vitamin E are associated with physical decline in among older people, according to a study.

  • Simvastatin tablets recalledSubscription

    News23 January, 2008

    A batch of Simvastatin tablets have been recalled by their manufacturer because of incorrect labelling.

  • Sea water solution could be used to treat colds in childrenSubscription

    News22 January, 2008

    A saline nasal wash solution made from processed sea water could be used to treat children with colds, a study has shown.

  • Nurses are 'better' than GPs at prescribingSubscription

    News22 January, 2008

    Nurse prescribers are much better than doctors at following prescribing guidelines, say senior NHS managers.

  • Report highlights health visitor crisisSubscription

    News22 January, 2008

    MPs have been told of the ‘tragedy’ of health inequalities in a report published today.

  • Nurses could be taught melanoma screeningSubscription

    News22 January, 2008

    A screening system using multiple observers could be used as a tool to identify malignant melanomas, a study has found.

  • Diabetes drug indication extendedSubscription

    News21 January, 2008

    The European Commission has expanded the indication of the type 2 diabetes drug sitagliptin (Januvia).

  • New add-on therapy for kidney cancerSubscription

    News21 January, 2008

    An add-on therapy for treating kidney cancer patients has been launched in the UK.

  • Novel plaster that delivers pain reliefSubscription

    News21 January, 2008

    A novel plaster that delivers anaesthetics, the first of its kind, has been launched in the UK.Raydan combines an innovative gentle warming system with two potent anaesthetics, lidocaine and tetracaine, to provide pain management.Its manufacturer, EUSA Pharma, said the system worked twice as fast as topical cream and eliminated pain in 95% of patients after half an hour.The company claim it will help prevent needle phobia in children and free up nursing time.

  • Welsh regulator backs limited access to leukaemia drugSubscription

    News21 January, 2008

    NHS patients in Wales should have access to a new treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), according to the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group.Dasatinib (Sprycel) has been recommended for the treatment of adults with chronic or accelerated phase CML, where there is resistance or intolerance to prior therapy including imatinib mesylate. The drug is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor that blocks leukaemia cell growth, enabling adults with certain types of the CML ...

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