The immune checkpoint inhibitor durvalumab significantly improves survival in people with stage III non-small-cell lung cancer, interim trial results published in The New England Journal of Medicine have shown.
A study has found over 500 genetic regions, known as loci, that are associated with blood pressure characteristics and researchers say the information could enable high-risk individuals to be targeted earlier for hypertension prevention.
Researchers in Denmark found that newer combined hormonal contraceptives were still associated with a reduction in ovarian cancer risk in women of reproductive age.
Increased water intake can help prevent cystitis and reduce antibiotic use in women with recurrent infections who drink less than 1.5 litres of fluid a day, study results have shown.
Research has shown that the benefits of a pharmacist-led intensive telemonitoring protocol for blood pressure (BP) control lasted for up to a year after the end of the intervention.
Medicine reminder apps can improve self-reported adherence to cardiovascular medicines, according to findings from a randomised clinical trial presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.
There is a lack of ‘convincing’ evidence that statins improve outcomes in non-cardiovascular conditions, such as diabetes, a review has shown.
Prescribing support from specialist pharmacy staff could free up GPs’ time and capacity, results from a pilot project in Scotland have shown.
Researchers say the integration of point-of-care testing could help identify lower-risk patients in hospitals and subsequently reduce antibiotic use.
Daily vaping increases heart attack riskSubscription
Despite e-cigarettes being recommended as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking, researchers found data linking both e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking with a higher risk of myocardial infarction compared with not smoking.
Some 16% of premenopausal women with early-onset breast cancer fail to adequately adhere to tamoxifen, increasing their risk of recurrence and reduced survival.
Rollout of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV has resulted in a rapid decrease of new infections among men who have sex with men, according to data collected in New South Wales, Australia.
Pharmacists have good understanding of biosimilars but concerns over switching, study results showSubscription
UK pharmacists have a high level of understanding of biosimilars but have concerns about the safety and efficacy of switching patients to the drugs, research has shown.
GLP-1 agonist semaglutide significantly decreases risk of cardiovascular events and death across different risk groups of patients with type 2 diabetes, secondary analysis of clinical trial data has found.
Lifestyle interventions reduce need for antihypertensive medication in overweight peopleSubscription
Researchers found that assigning overweight patients to the DASH diet and a behavioural weight management programme cut the number of patients eligible for antihypertensive medication
Statins do not prevent the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people without diabetes aged 75 years and over, according to a study published in the BMJ.
Although data showed benzodiazepine and Z drug use was linked to only a 6% increase in the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say their prescribing should be avoided if possible.
Vaping fluid becomes more toxic to cells after it has gone through the vaping process, study results show.
Analysis of children presenting in primary care has found that delaying or withholding antibiotics is the most appropriate way of treating suspected respiratory tract infections.
People with atrial fibrillation who have dementia are less likely to receive oral anticoagulants (OACs) than those without cognitive impairment, research has shown.