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  • Micrograph of Clostridium difficile bacteria

    Clostridium difficile: diagnosis and treatment update Subscription

    There are around 12,000 cases of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) each year in the UK and during 1999 to 2007, deaths from CDI peaked at around 4,000 per year. This article summarises diagnosis and management, as well as the current therapeutic options for CDI, including faecal microbiota transplant.

  • Propionibacterium acnes, bacteria that causes acne

    Acne vulgaris Subscription

    Acne affects eight out of ten teenagers and can persist into later life. Pharmacists have a wide range of treatments to offer patients.

  • "World Ending" illustration by Jason Clarke, artist with bipolar disorder

    Acute and long-term management of bipolar disorder Subscription

    How the latest NICE guidelines affect the recommended treatments for this complex mental health condition.

  • Light micrograph of uric acid crystals from a gouty joint

    Acute management and prevention of gout Subscription

    Ways to treat this painful condition that affects almost 900,000 people in the UK and how lifestyle changes can prevent further attacks.

  • Alzheimer's disease Subscription

    In 1978, Lishman defined dementia as “an acquired global impairment of intellect, memory and personality but without impairment of consciousness.”1 Dementia is now more appropriately considered as a syndrome of acquired loss of cognitive function, behavioural changes and loss of social function.

  • Close up of a leg with livedo reticular is

    Antiphospholipid syndrome: pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment Subscription

    How antiphospholipid syndrome, also known as Hughes syndrome, is diagnosed and the appropriate therapeutic options for its management.

  • Giardia protozoan parasite (pictured) is the cause of the giardiasis infection, usually contracted by drinking contaminated water

    Assessing suspected food poisoning cases in the UK Subscription

    With more than 20,000 patients hospitalised in the UK each year because of food poisoning, quick assessment is essential.

  • Plaque type psoriasis

    Assessment and management of psoriasis in adults in primary care Subscription

    Psoriasis is a complex, multifactorial, inflammatory disease associated with a significantly impaired quality of life. Around 80% of patients with plaque psoriasis have mild-to-moderate disease that is amenable to treatment in primary care, particularly through pharmacy, with topical therapies.

  • Asthma management is based on a stepwise approach that should see medicines added or stopped based on patient symptoms

    Asthma: long-term management Subscription

    Asthma management is based on a stepwise approach that should see medicines added or stopped based on patient symptoms.

  • Scintigram of a lung of a person suffering from asthma, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways

    Asthma: pathophysiology, causes and diagnosis Subscription

    Despite asthma affecting more than 5.4 million people in the UK, there is no gold standard test and diagnosis is based on signs and symptoms.

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