The use of medication for ADHD, particularly in children, is very controversial with lots of public concern about over-prescribing and side-effects from the drugs. Added to that, previous well-publicised research has suggested some of these drugs may not be as good as we thought. read more
A new study, published in JAMA, investigates the association between prescription medications and depression as a possible side effect. read more
A study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, investigates the side-effects of taking painkillers during pregnancy, specifically examining whether it affects the fertility of future generations. read more
New research, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, examines the association between daily ibuprofen use and potential prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. read more
The development and use of biologic drugs – such as Herceptin and Mabthera – has revolutionised the treatment of many cancers, and biological medicines now make up the largest spending area in the NHS medicines budget. read more
A nationwide population-based cohort study examines the association between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and atrial fibrillation. read more
A new study, published in Nature Neuroscience, examined the effect of the anti-cancer drug romidepsin on animal models of autism. read more
A new study, published by the Economics Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU), has reported that an estimated 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England each year. read more
New research published in the BMJ investigates whether blood thinners may raise stroke risk in over-65s with kidney disease. read more
Researchers publishing in Human Reproduction examine whether ibuprofen use during the first trimester of pregnancy interferes with the development of the human fetal ovary. read more
In a new study, published in PNAS, researchers examine ibuprofen consumption and hormonal balance in male participants between 18-35 years of age. read more
A new study, published in Endocrine Connections, examines the association between taking paracetamol during pregnancy and future fertility of offspring in mice and rats. read more
Building on Sally Davies’s vision for integrating genomics into every aspect of the NHS, Dr. Sullivan can discuss some of the latest genomics and population-based genomic analysis is starting to play in understanding the genetic determinants of Alzheimer’s disease. read more
The BMJ has published a study investigating the effectiveness of cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The National Crime Agency reported that at least 60 people have died in the UK in the last eight months after taking the strong painkiller fentanyl.
Publishing in Reproduction researchers examine mouse brain structure and behaviour following prenatal exposure to paracetamol. read more
The Academy of Medical Sciences has published a new report entitled, ‘Enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines’.
Publishing in The Lancet researchers report that long-term daily aspirin use is linked to a higher than expected risk of bleeding in adults aged 75 or over. The scientists claim that proton-pump inhibitors should be co-prescribed in this age group to reduce the risk of bleeds. read more
We already know aspirin and other blood thinners can increase the risk of bleeding. Aspirin is often prescribed after a heart attack or stroke to reduce the risk of further heart attacks and strokes. read more
At the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), scientists presented results from an early clinical trial of an ovarian cancer drug that could potentially shrink tumours. read more