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Inhaler labels improve users’ technique
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Inhaler labels improve users’ technique

Attaching personalised labels explaining the correct use of dry powder inhalers achieves long term improvement in technique among patients with asthma,...

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Asthma-COPD syndrome linked to higher mortality, particularly in women

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Levodropropizine or codeine for chronic cough?

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Allergic rhinitis: new UK consensus statement

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NICE: mepolizumab recommended for severe eosinophilic asthma

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Grass pollen immunotherapy: what is the optimal duration of treatment?

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  • Clinical Essentials from J Autoimmun
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Study nixes link between HPV vaccine, autoimmune diseases

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Unicough vs simple linctus: which is a better OTC cough medicine?

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Zinc lozenges may shorten common cold by 3 d

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Professional & Business

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Wait for surgery is too long, says Royal College

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Children’s daily sugar intake equivalent to 20 chocolate chip biscuits

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30% of neonatal unit admissions may be unnecessary

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BMA survey: 42% of European GPs may leave UK

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Rise in A&E referrals from NHS 111 service

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One-off screening test cuts bowel cancer risk by third, study shows

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  • Clinical Essentials from Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol
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AIH cirrhosis linked to increased risk for HCC

Results of a meta-analysis.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Clin Chem
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Asthma exacerbation risk linked to eosinophil-neutrophil interaction

Exacerbation risk is influenced by both eosinophilic and neutrophilic inflammatory patterns.

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HIV-1 founder viruses resurge following antiretroviral treatment interruption | CROI
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HIV-1 founder viruses resurge following antiretroviral treatment interruption | CROI

Antiretroviral treatment controls HIV-1 replication but is not sufficient to eliminate a viral reservoir that was established in the first few days of HIV-1 infection.

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IL-1β inhibition significantly reduces atherosclerotic inflammation in treated HIV | CROI
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IL-1β inhibition significantly reduces atherosclerotic inflammation in treated HIV | CROI

There also was substantial reduction in bone marrow metabolic activity and inflammatory markers

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  • Clinical Essentials from Respir Med
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Asthma: current smoking cessation measures prove inadequate

More than a third of adults presenting to ED for exacerbation were current smokers.

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Isoniazid prophylaxis reduces mortality in African adults with high CD4 count | CROI
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Isoniazid prophylaxis reduces mortality in African adults with high CD4 count | CROI

The 39% decrease was independent of ART initiation and baseline CD4

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  • Univadis Editorial - Dr Harry Brown
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Rating your doctor

Rating will help individual or a service to develop in a positive manner

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Rare disease alliance calls for minimum 3-fold increase in annual drug approvals
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Rare disease alliance calls for minimum 3-fold increase in annual drug approvals

EURORDIS, which represents 700 rare disease patient organisations, says it will not take no for an answer.

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European Medicines Agency broadens public access to drug data
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European Medicines Agency broadens public access to drug data

The EMA has launched a public consultation on the revised policy which will extend the scope of access to include explicitly corporate documents.

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Female life expectancy could exceed 90 years by 2030
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Female life expectancy could exceed 90 years by 2030

Experts are warning that policies must be put in place to support the growing older population.

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  • Clinical Essentials from PLoS One
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Atopic dermatitis patients likelier to develop osteoporosis

A strong, corticosteroid-independent association showed up in this large population-based study.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Eur Respir J
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Asthma linked to increased risk for DVT, PE

Risk for DVT with PE was increased by more than 60% in patients with asthma.

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  • Clinical Essentials from Medicine (Baltimore)
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Etanercept associated with reduced cancer risk in RA

Biologic-naïve patients had higher cancer rates in this large cohort study.

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Abnormal vaginal microbiota not a bar to effective oral PrEP | CROI
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Abnormal vaginal microbiota not a bar to effective oral PrEP | CROI

PrEP efficacy did not differ among women with detected versus undetected Gardnerella/Bacteroides and Lactobacillus.

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