Although substantial concerns have been raised previously about the neuropsychiatric safety of varenicline and bupropion, a new study shows that these popular aids to quitting smoking do not put patients at increased risk.
A large meta-analysis showed that group clinics for people with diabetes are effective in improving HbA1c and blood pressure and may provide an option in organising diabetes care.
A European survey shows that atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with lower standards of education benefit least from oral anticoagulation. The study raises the need for more user-friendly educational tools for AF patients.
A new survey suggests why people in deprived communities have higher levels of alcohol-related ill health than people in non-deprived communities despite drinking the same amount of alcohol.
A 4-year observational study reveals significant results about the effectiveness of the NHS Health Check. The study reviewed data from 214,295 people in England who attended an NHS Health Check and compared these findings against 1.4 million people who had not yet been offered or taken up their checks.
A study from the United States shows that sleeping problems in women are associated with a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These sleeping disorders included ‘sleeping difficulty’, frequent snoring, sleep duration ≤6 hours, sleep apnoea or rotating shift work.
A new study suggests that women on anticoagulant therapy are able to take hormonal contraception or HRT with no increased risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) or abnormal uterine bleeding.
Spironolactone is more effective at lowering blood pressure than bisoprolol or doxazosin in people with resistant hypertension, according to results from the PATHWAY-2 study. This summary also includes details from the NICE 2011 hypertension guidelines.
A major study funded by the National Institute for Health Research concludes that more frequent lipid monitoring strategies are cost-effective when compared with other longer interval strategies to guide treatment for prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Results from the ADVANCE trial support the need for intensive efforts to promote smoking cessation in people with diabetes. As well as increased risks to cardiovascular health in all diabetic patients who smoke, women with diabetes who smoke appear to be at a greater risk of coronary events than men.