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Boots launches second in-store dental surgery; Scottish pharmacists join stroke campaign

Daily digest Boots has launched its second in-store dental surgery in Manchester and more than 1,200 pharmacies across Scotland are helping to raise awareness of stroke symptoms. Isobel Smith rounds up today’s health headlines

Boots has launched its second in-store dental surgery at its Market Street, Manchester branch. The surgery will open from Monday to Saturday alongside the store's existing services, including Boots Opticians, David Omerod Hearingcare and a GP walk-in centre.

Scottish pharmacists are joining the FAST Stroke campaign to help people to recognise a stroke – and act quickly to save lives. From Monday [January 30], posters will be displayed in the windows of more than 1,200 pharmacies across Scotland to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education has launched three new e-learning programmes for those with an interest in drug use in sport and fitness. The three programmes include, doping and anti-doping in sport, pharmacy services and support in sport and fitness, and medical services at international sporting events: a healthcare professional's perspective.

Novo Nordisk has launched a new insulin pen, the NovoPen Echo, in the UK. It is the latest durable insulin delivery pen specifically designed for children with diabetes. The manufacturer caimed it was the first insulin pen to offer a combination of a simple memory function that records dose and approximate time since last injection to help reassure children and parents, as well as a half-unit dosing option, offering fine-tuned dosing of insulin.

Objection against NHS reforms continues as the editors of three health journals say that planned changes have created an "unholy mess", the BBC reports.

Thirteen drug manufacturers, including AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, have joined forces with governments and health organisations to help control or eliminate illnesses such as leprosy and sleeping sickness, the Telegraph reports. The Guardian also covers this story. Charities including Parkinson's UK and the MS Society have warned that a neurology time bomb will catch the NHS unawares unless urgent action is taken now. They have criticised the government for failings including delays in diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail reports that a tablet made from a protein found in house dust mites could revolutionise the treatment of asthma.

The Daily Mail reports that drinking two cups of coffee a day alters oestrogen levels in women.

South Africa's leading HIV group Treatment Action Campaign has warned that a large number of "faulty" condoms are in circulation in the Bloemfontein area, despite a recall, the BBC reports.

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