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Concerned about OTC Painkillers Warning? Talk to your pharmacist or GP

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

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Do you regularly take over the counter painkillers? Are you concerned at the latest news of a research study which suggests that regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure? Specialist healthcare communications company, PRimage have experience in consumer healthcare messaging, and believes this news may be rather worrying for people who take painkillers regularly – but warns that it is not sensible to change your medications without first taking medical advice.

Managing Director, Judy Viitanen, comments: “If this latest health warning puts you in a dilemma about your use of painkillers, you should discuss your concerns and health problems with your local pharmacist or GP. Local pharmacists’ play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients – and are highly trained healthcare professionals, specialising in the safe use and effects of over the counter and prescription medicines. It’s possible to walk into any community pharmacy and ask to speak with the pharmacist without an appointment, up to 6 days a week – and most pharmacies also have quiet areas you can use in order to provide some privacy. If you frequently take OTC analgesics for pain relief, it my also be sensible to have your blood pressure checked at your next visit to the surgery.”

 

 

 

Good news for Tories – ‘set for 100-seat majority’

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The Conservatives are on course to win the next general election by enough to give David Cameron a 100-seat majority in the Commons, according to a new poll. The CommunicateResearch survey for The Independent suggested support for the Tories’ lead over Labour has increased to 11 percentage points. After a six-point increase in the past month, the Tories now have 40% support compared to an unchanged 29% for Labour.

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Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team hope that Cameron can keep the momentum going and build on this growing public support for the Conservatives.

Is a strategy for parenting needed?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Married couples are not necessarily the best parents, Education Secretary Alan Johnson is to say in a speech.

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Judy Viitanen wonders what this latest Government soundbite is all about!   What’s your view?

Vote on EU-wide piracy penalties

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Proposals for EU-wide penalties for counterfeiting face a key vote in the European parliament.

Campaign to Help Combat Colds and Flu

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The DoH has launched a new Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases campaign in a bid to halt the spread of germs, diseases and infections through simple hygiene steps. The campaign aims to remind people of the importance of remembering that simple steps can help stop the spread of colds and flu to you and others.The main messages of the campaign are: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; Use disposable tissues and throw them away afterwards in a bin; Clean your hands regularly – especially after coughing and sneezing. Campaign posters are being distributed to a wide variety of health and public settings including GP surgeries, health centres, pharmacies, schools, libraries and workplaces. In addition, retail organisations and major employers are also being encouraged to support the campaign by raising awareness amongst employees.

Criticism of pregnancy diabetes care

Monday, February 26th, 2007

A report attacks the quality of pre-conception services offered by the NHS to women with diabetes.

Violence costs NHS ‘£100m a year’

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Violence and abuse against staff costs the NHS more than £100m a year, according to a BBC investigation.

Increase in dementia

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The number of people suffering from dementia will increase by 154% in the next 45 years, according to a report by some of the top researchers of the illness in Britain, with the number affected rising from 700,000 today to 1.735m in 2051.

Road accidents ‘cost NHS £470m’

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Deaths and injuries on Britain’s roads costs the NHS £470m every year and the economy £8bn as well as destroying families, according to a Government watchdog. Better education is needed to reduce the annual toll of more than 3,000 fatalities and 267,000 injuries, according to the Audit Commission. The report, Changing Lanes, will be presented to a major conference on road safety which will be opened by transport minister Stephen Ladyman later today.

Brown Expects Stronger Growth, Lower Inflation for U.K. Economy

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Gordon Brown, seeking to maintain his reputation for smooth handing the economy, today will project stronger growth and slower inflation in the next several years. “With growth becoming stronger and more balanced, business investment rising and inflation set to fall, we have all the conditions in place for continued stable growth in the years ahead,” Brown will say in a speech, according to excerpts of his remarks released by his office in London. “We have become the most stable economy in the world.”