Winter Temps Raise Health Risks for Seniors

SUNDAY, Jan. 21, 2018 — Older adults are at increased risk for hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature, the U.S. National Institute on Aging warns. This can be due to chronic health conditions or the use of certain medicines, including over-the-counter cold remedies. Hypothermia occurs when your core body temperature drops to 95 degrees …

RPS calls on NHS England to fund innovative community pharmacy work

Source: KO/The Pharmaceutical Journal Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS’s English Pharmacy Board, is asking the NHS to explain why it is not using “the third largest profession to deliver healthcare when the NHS is really struggling” The chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board has called on NHS England to help ease pressures …

NHS pharmacists urged to have seasonal flu jab

Source: Shutterstock.com The move follows a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu-like illness within one week. Hospitalisations of patients with flu rose by 50%, with a 65% increase in the flu intensive care admission rate NHS pharmacists have been urged to remember their “shared professional responsibility” to protect patients and get vaccinated …

For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 — When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they’re likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic illness and their parents, the study authors found …

Running in the Cold: How to Survive and Thrive

SUNDAY, Jan. 14, 2018 — Whether you’re training for a marathon or just logging miles, cold-weather running requires some special health and safety precautions, according to a sports medicine expert. That said, it also gives you a chance to get ahead of the competition because people often don’t train once serious cold sets in, Dr. …

Decision to expand health secretary's remit welcomed

Source: Shutterstock 2017 Jeremy Hunt has been appointed secretary of state for health and social care in Theresa May’s January 2018 cabinet reshuffle. NHS leaders and GPs have welcomed the decision to give health secretary Jeremy Hunt the additional responsibility of social care. Prime minister Theresa May announced on 8 January 2018 as part of …

FDA expands age indications for GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent flu shot

HEALTH Coming toward the end of the calendar year, there will be many consumers perusing purchases of over-the-counter medicines and devices in an effort to deplete their flexible spending accounts, many of which still contain a “use-it-or-lose-it” provision. And those consumers aren’t just pantry loading, effectively shifting OTC purchases from the following year to this …