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MMR vaccine coverage in England falls for fourth year in a row

Childhood vaccination coverage declined in 9 of the 12 routine vaccinations measured at ages one, two or five years in 2017/2018, compared with the previous year, according to statistics released by Public Health England.

Vaughan Gething, secretary for health and social services in Wales

New pay deal for NHS staff in Wales 'goes beyond' deal for England

NHS staff in Wales are set to benefit from a new pay deal over the next three years which is set to match, if not go beyond, the pay deal for England, according to the Welsh government.

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Triple combination antihypertensive pill effective for blood pressure controlSubscription

A fixed-dose triple combination antihypertensive pill was more effective at controlling blood pressure than usual care, the results of a randomised trial in Sri Lanka show

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Obesity may increase influenza A virus transmission riskSubscription

Obese adults shed influenza A virus for almost 50% longer than non-obese adults, research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases shows.

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Transdermal buprenorphine poorly tolerated in people with dementiaSubscription

A study of transdermal analgesics in people living with dementia has shown that more than half discontinue buprenorphine owing to adverse events.

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More exercise not always better for mental health, study findsSubscription

Researchers from the United States have found that exercise is associated with a reduced mental health burden, but this benefit does not always continue to increase with duration and frequency.

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Asthma care in England needs to be more proactive, researchers saySubscription

An audit of data from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group in England has found inconsistencies in asthma care that could leave high-risk patients unidentified and at risk of death.

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Healthy diet linked to improved asthma symptomsSubscription

Research across a large cohort using three different quality measures has shown that a healthy diet is associated with a reduced likelihood of experiencing asthma symptoms

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Body bionics: how the next generation of biosensors could revolutionise drug deliverySubscription

Smaller, smarter and more sensitive — how four new technologies could change the way drugs are monitored and administered.

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Are patients the missing piece in the drug development puzzle?Subscription

Pharmaceutical companies are beginning to appreciate that involving patients in the drug development life cycle could save them millions of pounds. But are companies being brave enough when it comes to ‘patient centricity’?

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Infographic showing how money from the pharmacy contracts is spent in England, Scotland and Wales

Pharmacy contracts: where the money goesSubscription

Funding for the national community pharmacy contracts in England, Scotland and Wales is distributed differently. Here is a breakdown of how the three countries fund pharmacy services.

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Latest update: Follow news and reaction to pharmacy cuts as they unfold

Follow the latest updates on the proposed 12% funding cuts to community pharmacy, which could result in the closure of a quarter of pharmacies in England.

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