Experts call for caution over Ritalin

ADHD affects between 2% and 5% of school children and young people Stimulant drugs like Ritalin should be used judiciously in hyperactive children because they can have unpleasant side effects, say experts. Nearly a million ADHD prescriptions were handed out last year in England - a figure that has more than doubled in the last decade, NHS figures show. The Cochrane Group looked at 185 drug trials involving more than 12,000 children or adolescents. Common side effects included loss of appetite and sleeplessness. The UK researchers said this did not mean that the drugs are not useful - the Cochrane findings suggest they do help children concentrate at school - but any benefits must be closely

HIV home-test kit launched in England

A free HIV home-testing kit has been launched across England as the latest figures show 18,100 people in the UK are unaware they have the infection. The test, which can be ordered online, uses a small droplet of blood that is sent to a laboratory. Public Health England (PHE) is urging more people to check their HIV status. It says four in 10 people in the UK are diagnosed late - meaning treatment may be less effective and the disease can be spread unwittingly. 'Do-it-yourself' Official figures for 2014 show 103,700 people have HIV in the UK. And though rates are falling overall, PHE warns it is still a growing problem in certain communities. Experts say improved treatment means that if peopl

'Alarm' as patients shun flu jab

Doctors have expressed alarm at a seemingly sharp fall in the number of people having the seasonal flu jab. Tens of thousands of high-risk people in England may be vulnerable to the virus after a 6% fall in immunisations at GP surgeries. The perceived failures of last year's vaccine and warmer seasonal weather than usual may be contributing to the fall, the Royal College of GPs says. However, some people may still be having the jab at their local pharmacy. A new seasonal flu jab is needed annually to match the strains of flu that are circulating that year. But now doctors are complaining of fridges full of unused vaccine. Last winter's jab was at one point deemed "barely effective" after the

Pet dogs 'may help children avoid asthma'

Young children who have a pet dog in the home are less likely to go on to develop asthma, a large Swedish study has found. Exposure to a dog in the first year of life was linked to a 13% lower risk of asthma in later childhood among the 650,000 children the authors tracked. The findings, in JAMA Pediatrics, support the idea that pets can bolster the immune system and prevent allergy. More evidence is still needed - past studies have found conflicting results. Certainly, for a child who is already allergic to dogs, buying a puppy would not be a good idea, say the Swedish researchers. Man's best friend? Pets are a common cause of allergy, with half of all asthmatic children allergic to cats an

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Yew Tree Pharmacy

Yew Tree Pharmacy, 20 Redwood Road, Yew Tree Estate, Walsall, West Midlands, WS5 4LB.

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