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What the papers say: high-dose statins linked to type 2 diabetes risk

Hundreds of thousands of patients on high-dose statins are increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the Telegraph reports. Drinking limits for the over-65s should be halved, the Independent reports. The BBC also covers this story. Smoking in pregnancy increases a child's risk of heart disease in later life by up to 15 per cent, the Telegraph reports. The number of breastfeeding mothers has reached an all-time high, the BBC reports. The Guardian and Telegraph also cover this story.

The Telegraph reports that domestic violence during pregnancy increases the chances of post-natal depression. The Telegraph writes that government health watchdogs are planning to tackle ageism in the NHS as evidence grows showing they receive worse treatment than the young. This news comes as the Telegraph reveals that the NHS treats elderly patients with broken hips as a low priority. Hospital pillows are a biohazard, the Telegraph reports, as research reveals that they are a hot-bed for up to 30 different bugs, including MRSA and C difficile.  

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Pharmacist

Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Competitive salary

Poll

During an MUR how often do you recommend an alternative formulation for a patient’s prescribed medication?
During most MURs
1%
In one in every two MURs
2%
In one in four MURs
5%
In one in 10 MURs
20%
In one in 20 MURs or less
51%
Never
20%
Total votes: 177