Influenza rates appear to be “levelling off” for the moment in England and rates have begun to decrease in Scotland, leading public health experts to suggest the worst might be over for this year.
There are “significant associations” between catching respiratory infections, especially flu, and the risk of experiencing an acute myocardial infarction, according to Canadian researchers.
A new trial is to look at a support programme designed to help patients with long-term pain reduce their dependency on strong opioid painkillers.
Funding for the delivery of respiratory care is set to be “rebalanced” in Wales away from hospitals and towards specialist nurses working in the community, according to a plan to reduce variation.
Rising accident and emergency attendance rates are being driven by long-term health conditions, rather than a perceived lack of GP provision, according to East London researchers.
Reminding patients when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people being immunised, according to a Cochrane review led by nurse researchers.
Further cases of measles have been reported in England today, bringing the total number to 122 since the outbreak began last year.
Well over a third of patients with type 2 diabetes say they do not fully understand their heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a small survey by a pharmaceutical company.
More funding should be poured into “under-resourced” NHS weight management programmes, say researchers who found evidence they do work.
Many people with type 2 diabetes are not taking their medication due to unpleasant side effects including flatulence and diarrhoea, suggests a large-scale study, whose authors are urging doctors and nurses to actively ask their patients about medication adherence.